World Wonder

Inspiring Global Citizenship

The Year of Global Inspiration!

on January 15, 2015
Mother with baby on her back.

Mother and babe in South Africa (2010, Kristina King Cohen)

As we ring in the new year I wanted to share some recent stats about World Wonder. In looking at last year, World Wonder was viewed close to 800 times in 13 countries. Quite encouraging for a blog that has been in existence barely 5 months. These statistics indicate to me that there is a significant level of interest out there for creating a more globally aware and involved community. My goal with World Wonder this year is to feature more success stories about people and organizations doing remarkable things and to highlight these opportunities for encouraging more global citizenry. This means if you have a resource or idea to share or you would like to be a guest blogger, please let me know. I’d love to feature you and help get the word out! Let this be the year of global inspiration!

So to start the year, I have a short story to tell.   Recently I had a chance encounter with a person I hadn’t seen in a while. It was my Ob/Gyn Dr. Debra Matityahu who delivered Skye and cared for me during my pregnancy with Leo. We hadn’t seen each other in several years. In fact, the last time we talked I heard a little bit about a trip she had made to Kenya with her family. Little did I know how transformative this trip was for her and her family.

Right after their trip to Kenya, Debbie and her daughter Arielle founded A Little 4 A Lot. This non-profit provides scholarships, skills training, and micro loans for young women recovering from fistula. If you don’t know what fistula is I encourage you to read this article and watch this video. It will blow you away! What is so inspirational and impressive is how quickly they moved to take action and focus this organization on a very critical need in Kenya. They are doing it right by engaging with a local expert, in this case, a health clinic that offers women with no access to healthcare, the opportunity to get the operation they so desperately need. Then they provide the women with education, skills training, and resources in order to build their own businesses. Models such as this in solving some of the world’s biggest social issues are incredibly encouraging. A Little 4 A Lot also takes high school students on trips to Kenya to observe, engage, and learn about how the other half of the world lives. This method of engaging youth in development work continues to show extremely positive outcomes and results. Basically it’s the best kind of training for preparing youth to be more empathetic, globally aware, and ready to take action. This video beautifully demonstrates how this kind of experience can impact youth. Remember you don’t need to travel 10,000 miles away to make this kind of impact. You can look in your local neighborhood and find many ways to give back and encourage youth to participate in service-learning.

I’m excited to watch this dynamic duo continue to do their work in Kenya. This kind of grassroots involvement and engagement with partners abroad to solve some of the world’s most pressing social issues is inspiring and powerful. This is the essence of World Wonder. Finding what inspires you, involving young people, and taking action for the betterment of the world. Stay tuned for more from A Little 4 A Lot. I’m predicting great things for this organization! Learn more about how you can get involved here.

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