9 12, 2016

Graffiti Artists and Murals Bridge Cultures Half-Way Around the World

December 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Graffiti Artists and Murals Bridge Cultures Half-Way Around the World

“Art speaks where words are unable to explain”

Images can have meaning far beyond words. They become part of a universal language understood by all. Easy brush strokes, sharp sketches, and even graffiti evoke feelings that resonate with people from all walks of life. When barriers arise from language, distance, and culture, art can create a bridge to universal understanding and peace.

Omaid Sharifi, co-founder of ArtLords, understands the powerful messages art can convey. Art Lords is a social and human rights movement that uses art, graffiti in particular, to bring about change […]

6 12, 2016

Girls’ Education: The Unstoppable Revolution

December 6th, 2016|1 Comment

There is a quiet revolution taking place in in the mountains, along the streams, in the cities, and the small villages throughout Central Asia. This revolution has nothing to do with warlords or violent clashes. It has everything to do with books, and pencils, and empowering women. This movement is an unstoppable revolution for girls' education. All through the region, girls and women are determined to go to school. Education gives them a future; it’s the key to becoming unstoppable.

2 12, 2016

5 Best Gift Ideas For The Journey of Hope Calendar

December 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Holiday shopping can be stressful when you’re out of ideas for gift exchanges, work events, and the people that are hardest to shop for. The Journey of Hope wall calendar, filled with colorful and inspiring photos of the people and places in Central Asia, is the solution to these holiday shopping woes. Here are five gift conundrums the calendar can solve.

23 11, 2016

Violence Against Women A Roadblock To Education

November 23rd, 2016|2 Comments

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. In places like Central Asia, women face the threat of violence every day, especially pioneering women who break tradition to attend school. This blog is part of a three-part series, published at msmagazine.com, that tackles the violence women experience from their families, society, and culture. Education is key to ending violence, and our in-country partners are striving to create an environment that is safe for all students.

21 11, 2016

Charitable Giving Traditions Take Many Shapes and Forms

November 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Giving can also be tied to faith. In Religions like Buddhism, Christianity Judaism and Islam, giving to the poor or less fortunate is woven into the fabrics of devotion. Giving up a portion of your income can signify faith and thankfulness for God’s gifts throughout the year.

15 11, 2016

Girls’ Education: The Unstoppable Revolution

November 15th, 2016|0 Comments

The first written word was recorded nearly 5,000 years ago. Though literacy has evolved over time, nearly 17% of the world’s population is still illiterate. They can’t even write their names. Many of those people are women who have no access to education or may be bared from seeking education. They have had enough, and women in Central Asia are joining an unstoppable revolution in girls’ education.

10 11, 2016

Take Time To Be Thankful, Not Just On Thanksgiving

November 10th, 2016|2 Comments

It’s easy to rush through life, hurtling from one day to the next, and we forget for a moment to stop and reflect on the simple things to be thankful for. We can give thanks for our families who support us, our access to education where we learn to think and interpret our world, or simply for a sunny, quiet day to rest and recharge.

10 10, 2016

Education Can End Child Marriage

October 10th, 2016|7 Comments

According to the United Nations, more than 700 million women across the world married before their eighteenth birthdays. Two-hundred and fifty million of those girls entered into marriages before they turned 15. October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child. Once the marriage ceremony is over, childhood ends for many of these young girls.