Convierte Lagrimas en Sonrisas – Turn Tears into Smiles

By Whittney Tom The Burned Children Care Foundation presents us with an example of inspiration and action. Vivian Pellas was directly affected by the painful remnants of burns after a plane crash in Honduras. She was inspired to take action, therefore she founded APROQUEN in Central America to address the global health crisis of burns. Startlingly, fires kill more school-aged children in one year than tuberculosis or malaria. The Burned Children Care Foundation has provided over 300,000 complimentary health services to the burned children of Nicaragua and greater Central America. In order to exponentially effect Central America’s public health crisis … Continue reading Convierte Lagrimas en Sonrisas – Turn Tears into Smiles

Profile of Tracy Cosgrove

  By Sarah Graham-Helwig Being nosy and prying too far into someone’s business is often looked down upon.  However, hundreds of kids’ lives were saved because Tracy Cosgrove was being nosy.  One afternoon, Tracy was looking at the construction of her new apartment being built in the beach town of Pattaya, Thailand, when suddenly she noticed all of the construction workers squeezing into one van. She proceeded to follow them, because she wanted to learn more about their lives and how they survived on just 5 dollars a day. To her surprise, she saw families living in tiny huts and … Continue reading Profile of Tracy Cosgrove


By Kyle Daley For most kids, summertime brings the joy of youth sports programs; where friendships are born, skills are honed, and life lessons of teamwork are learned. These programs offer an opportunity for kids to get out of the doldrums of a long summer day and become active in a sport they love. But for a majority of those in the inner city, these sports programs are a world away. That was until Cle Ross came into play. A former professional baseball player with the Texas Rangers, Ross returned to his Kansas City roots and was in despair when … Continue reading PROFILE OF CLE ROSS, BUILDER OF A FIELD OF DREAMS

Profile of Pernille Ironside, Protector of Endangered Children

By Bridget Botelho, Marketing Specialist One of the greatest challenges to modern society is the struggle to resolve conflicts of war and protect those involved.  In certain countries, modern warfare includes the abuse of children, through their involvement as soldiers, military support and sex slaves. Endangered children have been one of the most important global causes being attended to by international organizations and relief efforts. But this crisis has yet to be resolved. Luckily, Pernille Ironside has accomplished extraordinary feats in rescuing child soldiers and other children in areas of need. Through her work at UNICEF, Ironside worked in the … Continue reading Profile of Pernille Ironside, Protector of Endangered Children

Little Feet takes Big Kick for Change

By Karis Ingram I wasn’t always the most athletic kid growing up, but I did love to play. I remember not being able to wait for break in school, so that I could play handball, kickball or double dutch. Once the recess bell rang, I would race my friends to the playground to get first dibs on a ball. I lived for playing and having fun – it was my life. Playing sports and games helped me improve my health habits, and helped me develop socially, physically, and mentally. I can’t imagine what my childhood would have been like if … Continue reading Little Feet takes Big Kick for Change

World Hunger

By Osprey Brown It has been said many times that the chronic hunger crisis is staggering.  With close to a billion hungry people in the world—falling slightly over the last year—it seems like an insurmountable task to provide so many people with food.  The World Food Programme, a UN organization, is making significant contributions to decrease world hunger. The problem of world hunger, on the one hand, is simple, insofar as the solution only requires that people receive the nutrition they need.  On the other hand, however, there are various nuances to achieving this goal.  Chronic hunger is a generational … Continue reading World Hunger

The Power of Play

By Osprey Brown I am a huge fan of playgrounds as I’m sure many other people are.  In fact, in my adulthood I’ve been known to sneak onto a swing when no one is looking.   When I was small, I was fortunate enough to live in a neighborhood where we had the privilege of having a nice playground.  As a kid I never needed much more than a swing and a slide to entertain myself for hours.  But not all children have this privilege.  Moreover, the role that playgrounds play in our society is becoming even more critical.  In an … Continue reading The Power of Play