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Helping Morocco’s Orphans: SOS Children’s Villages

Some time ago I wrote about a small project we conducted to deliver some mobiles and baby clothes to an orphanage in Marrakech. I’ve gotten so many responses from this post, to which I am always happy. The more interest there is, the better chances there are for these children to find a home. Some time later I wrote about the change in Morocco’s foreign adoption policy and what that meant for the children stuck in limbo. I truly believe that every child needs and deserves to find a loving, supportive home. But, the reality is that adoption isn’t an…

Berber Womens Cooperative

Marking International Women’s Day in Morocco

Today is International Women’s Day, a holiday that has been celebrated since the early 1900’s when women began demanding fair pay and better working conditions. While it’s true women still are at an uneven par with men in the workplace the situation in Western nations is much better than that in the developing world. It’s easy to look through a cultural lens and judge other nations short comings, when we have so many of our own and so I hope that this post doesn’t reinforce that stereotypical view. I want to share today about some of the issues that I,…

Boy in Morocco

Lunch with Little Gamal

“Are you hungry?” Yes – I didn’t eat all day. “Sit down with us. What do you want to eat? Do you want a shwarma?” It was a hot afternoon and after running errands we stopped into a sandwich shop to get something for lunch. That’s when we met Gamal. He was 7. He took a taxi with his mom from Ourika to Marrakech, him to sell packets of tissues to anyone willing to spend 1 dH for something they probably didn’t need, and her to sell sweets. “Do you go to school?” Yes I go to school, I’m in 2nd…

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Dear Ladies in the Booth Behind Us

Dear Ladies in the Booth Behind Us, I know you are just here with your friend to share an ice cream cone, but I couldn’t help but overhear the conversation you’ve having. I know there’s a lot of information that bombards you all day long, and I’ll be the first to admit that the Fox News channel the restaurant has on doesn’t provide the best “balance” of opinion. But, I still couldn’t help but cringe when I heard your comments. Those people, “over there“, those “Moooozlems” that are “hell-bent on Sharia…” Well, you’ve already got the story wrong. Your friend…

8 Gr8 Healthy Kids Recipes

8 Gr8 Healthy Recipes for Kids

The first time I saw a hungry child I thought my heart would break. You don’t have to look far to see it but I’ve seen chronic hunger and it’s a different face than anything I’ve ever experienced in the United States. That’s why I’m sharing this post as a part of my work with Mom Bloggers for Social Good  Global Team of 200 to raise awareness for Save the Children’s Nutrition Campaign. Next week global leaders, including President Obama will be meeting in London for the G8 Summit.  I am someone who firmly believes global nutrition deserves a spot…

Immigration, the USCIS, and a Lesson in Patience

It’s 12:30am and I have terrible insomnia.  While I have spent the last 45 minutes pinning things on Pinterest (which by the way you should totally join me!) it dawned on me that I’ve never shared much about our immigration tale.  One of my goals for this year is to expand beyond recipes and provide much more information about culture, travel and raising bi-cultural kids.  Our immigration story is probably similar to many others who have navigated the bureaucratic backwaters that are the USCIS (formerly known as the INS). However, there’s a whole lot being said in the news right…

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January has been designated Human Trafficking Awareness month by UNICEF. It’s no surprise that human trafficking is alive and well in the United States.  Whether it’s for prostitution, indentured servitude, drug smuggling, or a myriad of other reasons, women, men and children are brought to this country and exploited. It happens all over the world It’s heartbreaking.  There are many people who have no idea what other people are facing. This month UNICEF is specifically focusing on child trafficking and are urging people to help spread awareness of the problem in hopes of ending the practice.  Just a few days…

National Blogging Day of Rememberance

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