Weekend Catchup: highlights from the week of 7/25/11


This week was ONEWeek, and I couldn't take my eyes or heart away from the ONEMoms' dispatches from Kenya. Right now, I'm on a solo retreat in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. A little alone time to unwind and make plans for the Fall. As I look onto the river from the porch of […]

#ONEMoms: Community and entrepreneurship in Kibera

Chookooloonks: Kenya, Day 4: On community and shedding light

I spent this morning reading about the ONEMoms' visit to Kibera, a large slum in the city of Karen, Kenya. They are meeting with women entrepreneurs and community leaders there, and are finding out just how much can be done with small infusions of money and support. Just as important, perhaps, is the hope they […]

#ONEMoms: Education for all

Mwangaza Tumaini School, Nairobi, Kenya

This picture about stopped my heart when Lauren Balog of ONE posted it on Twitter. Given how much thought, reading, research, and handwringing I've done over my own kids' education so far, seeing these children hit me hard. Their beautiful smiles, their school made of corrugated metal (imagine the heat), their desks made of rough […]

#ONEMoms: Maternal- and family health care

Home-based HIV testing

The stories coming out of the ONEMoms’ trip to Kenya are remarkable. (If you need context, read my intro to ONEWeek, the collaboration between advocacy organization ONE and ten parenting bloggers). Their first two days were spent observing work that comes out of the collaboration between the US Center For Disease Control and the Kenya […]

#ONEMoms: Landed in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya - July 21, 2011: View of Kibera from the railroad tracks. Photographed by Morgana Wingard.

The #ONEMoms have landed in Kenya, and, starting tomorrow, we will begin receiving their daily dispatches. Here’s how to follow along.

Weekend Catchup: highlights from the week of 7/18/11


Summer has finally kicked in around here, and we're having fun hosting my 16 year-old cousin for a week (cousins are the most magical of relatives, don't you agree?). A second watching of Harry Potter 7, berry picking, beach play, a free concert in the park, a local college tour, the required pilgramage to Powell's […]

ONE Week in Kenya: Using our voices on behalf of the world’s poorest


On Monday, July 24, 2011, ten bloggers will travel to Kenya with the advocacy organization ONE. They will spend a week seeing, hearing, feeling what life is like for mothers in the developing world. Through their reports, we will all gain a better understanding of what many of the world's poorest families experience every day. This […]