Located southwest of the capital of Nicaragua is Boaco, a town that was built on such a steep hill that it is described by locals as having two floors – a first floor with homes and businesses, and then another tier of houses and shops high above the first, considered the second floor. It was fitting to hear that the city is referred to as having two floors because part of our visit to the Casa Betania Welfare Center was to visit the completed two floors of the clinic that are a part of the Sisters’ home and our affiliate project, which supports 86 sponsored children in our program.Read More
Almost as soon as we arrived in Managua after our flight from San Jose, I could tell that Nicaragua was vastly different from Costa Rica. As we drove out of the capital city, the jungle landscape we had seen just one day before had been replaced by flat, open land where cows and horses roamed for miles. Along the road to Leon, the second largest city in Nicaragua after Managua, we saw cowboys, both young and old, leading herds of animals, and I felt like we were in an old Western movie.Read More
I was so hungover in this video, and it was so hot during this interview.
A five-hour drive from Costa Rica’s capital is the small town of Bribri in the Talamanca region, southeast of San Jose, along the border of Panama. The town is inhabited mostly by the indigenous Bribri tribe, which is comprised of people who live and work close to the Sixaola River, which separates Costa Rica from Panama by just a short boat ride.Read More
Video made by AP Math. All footage was taken by me, with the exception of the one shot that I am in, which was taken by the lovely Andreia Beraldo. In 2016, I went to Bolivia, Ethiopia, Mexico, and Kenya with Children Incorporated to report on the burden of poverty that the children in our program face.
Video from working with Books on Wheels in collaboration with Neighborhood Bike Works in Philadephia in 2008.
When we first met our volunteer coordinator, Marta, at the Costa Rica Center in San Jose, I could tell she was full of energy. A small Costa Rican woman, she walked quickly down the sidewalk away from our hotel, as Andreia, our International Projects Specialist, and I tried to keep up. When we got to her car, she shuffled us in, having a busy agenda for the day.Read More
In so many countries around the world, drought is a constant worry, causing problems for crop cultivation and keeping impoverished people from having access to drinking water. In San Jose, Costa Rica, in the slum neighborhood that surrounds our affiliate project La Milagrosa, a welfare center that supports more than seventy sponsored children, families have the opposite problem. Instead of the rainy season bringing relief from arid conditions, it causes those families to fear losing their homes to the mudslides that often come with it.Read More
It’s hard to believe it has already been a year since Luis and I were in Bolivia together, visiting projects in La Paz and Santa Cruz. Although Luis has been traveling to visit sites for many years now, it was my first trip with Children Incorporated, and marked the launch of our On the Road Series.Read More
It has been fun to reminisce about my trip to Bolivia last year now that Luis has returned from his visit there just a few weeks ago. When I caught up with him to hear updates about our projects, there was one in particular I couldn’t wait to ask about. While we were in Bolivia together last year for the inauguration of the Montero School, Luis had just been to Santa Cruz for yet another inauguration – the completion of homes built for women and their Children Incorporated-sponsored children, who until now had been living at Villa Emilia.Read More
If any organization can attest to the power of small things making a big difference, it’s Children Incorporated. We understand just how important a notebook, a pencil, a new shirt, a toothbrush, or a pair of socks can be for a child who doesn’t have these basic necessities in their life.Read More
Leaving the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, my young cab driver listed out loud the American presidents, which he was able to do all the way back to the Nixon Administration – in order. For him, my new Cuban-born and raised compadre, it was beyond exciting that I was from America, and for that reason he wanted to tell me everything he knew about the U.S. He spoke in stuttering English about politics, baseball, and most enthusiastically- rock n’ roll. Did I like Elvis? Yes. Did I like Chuck Berry? Of course! We were instantly friends, laughing at our commonalities as we drove through the quiet night, zooming down the streets of Cuba, which until that moment had been one of the most mysterious places to me in the world.Read More
Sydney and the surround areas within New South Wales offers what almost feels like an overload of beauty- if such a concept could be real. What I found on my recent, and first trip, to Australia’s largest city was not just spectacular beaches and a lively and vibrate urban scene, but, surprisingly, a journey packed full of adventure at a very low cost. In a place where breakfast can cost upwards of $18 for eggs and toast alone, and the expense of traveling halfway across the world already making your pocketbook feel lighter than usual, I was thrilled to find that Sydney can be enjoyed for little more than the cost of a rental car, if you are willing to forgo expensive restaurant dining for cheaper eating options and are up for beach hopping and nature walks in the great outdoors.Read More
I am so fortunate to be a part of the On the Road Series with Children Incorporated, which as given me the opportunity to show many places where Children Incorporated works in the world, including Eastern Kentucky. Sometimes we don't think about extreme poverty being in our own country, but it is, and it effects families in so many ways.