Amazing Kid: Jessica Markowitz

Jessica Markowitz started raising money to help send Rwandan girls to school when she was just 11 years old. Credit: Lori Markowitz Amazing Kid: Jessica Markowitz Age: 15 Grade: 10th Home Town: Seattle School: Garfield High Schoo...Jessica Markowitz started raising money to help send Rwandan girls to school when she was just 11 years old.

Amazing Kid: Austin Gutwein

Amazing Kid Austin Gutwein has raised millions of dollars for charity, using his favorite sport to make a difference. Credit: Courtesy of Hoops of Hope Amazing Kid: Austin Gutwein Age: 16 Grade: 11th Home Town: Mesa, Ariz. School...He was inspired to action by the story of a little Zambian girl named Maggie who had lost both of her parents to AIDS.

Amazing Kid: Kyle & Garrett Weiss

Amazing Kids Garrett (l.) and Kyle (r.) Weiss spreading the gift of soccer near Gulu in Uganda. Credit: FUNDaFIELD
Amazing Kid: Kyle Weiss Age: 18 Grade: 12th Home Town: Danville, Calif. School: Monta Vista High School, Danville, Calif....
A trip to the Wold Cup in 2006 inspired the brothers to build soccer fields in Africa.

New Jersey Teen Creates Book Program for African Girls

Shannon McNamara, back row, far right, stands with some of the original 2008 SHARE girls from the Kiteyagwa Primary School in Bukoba, Tanzania, East Africa. Credit: Megan McNamara
Shannon McNamara's passion for books is being felt from New Jersey ...

Mortality Rates Much Higher for Teen Moms

Teen pregnancy, which folks like to think is a thing of the past, is, in fact, quite the opposite, particularly in developing nations. Turns out, it's also very dangerous, for both mother and child. According to the United Nation's annual children's ...

Tiny German Lovebirds Elope to Africa

Considering the impulsiveness of their decision, it was to be a beautiful wedding. A German "couple" packed bathing suits and sunglasses, then headed to Africa to get married "where it is warm." The nuptials were interrupted when the lovebirds were s...

Hanson babies just keep coming

Just last month, eldest Hanson brother Isaac and his wife Nikki had their second child, a son named James Monroe. That brought the total number Hanson babies to six, but not for long. Middle Hanson Taylor, 25, and his wife Natalie, 24, have announced...

Harnessing the power of kids

So much energy these kids have! If only there was a way to harness some of that energy and put it to use for good! Well, actually, there is. A while back, I wrote about the PlayPump system where kids play on a merry-go-round which pumps fresh water i...

Tippi, the jungle girl

When Tippi Degré's parents moved from France to Namibia in 1990, they provided a decidedly unique enivornment for their baby daughter to explore. While they worked as freelance wildlife photogaphers and filmmakers, Tippi wandered the bush -- b...

Five bucks for kids

I received an email yesterday from my blog friend Karen Rani of Troll Baby. Her good friends are embarking on a mission to Swaziland at the end of the month to volunteer their time, supplies, and money. Astonishingly, 70% of the country makes less th...

Angelina's compassion for the kids

My friend just returned from a 7-week trip to Africa, where she spent time in children's orphanages in Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda. Her video clips, stories, and pictures have captured my heart in a way I can't describe. Of course I knew there are s...

Boobs (and hearts) big enough to feed a continent

"I used to joke that I had enough breast milk to feed a continent," says Jill Youse, 29. "I had a ton of it and I didn't know what to do." Her daughter Estella was born last July and she found herself with an overabundance of the valuable stuff. Sear...

Video of the Day: Ghana Youth Photo Project

I am a HUGE World Cup Soccer fan. It's the only sport we really get into in this house. So when Ghana was the last African country standing in a competition ruled mostly by European and South American teams, we couldn't help but cheer for them, the u...

Blogging Baby Sleepover: International Edition

This evening I was wondering where to "go" in my perusal of international blogs. And I have never been to Africa-- well, I have read Tertia's blog So Close, and we have covered her blog here at Blogging Baby before. But I wanted to explore other blog...


Okay, I admit it. I am obsessed with the African continent. My dream, before I had kids (and my dream became just getting a good night's sleep), was to spend a couple years traveling around the African continent in my old Land Rover, especially in Bo...


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