100 Under $100

100 Under $100

As a member of Mom Bloggers for Social good and the Global Team of 200, I had the opportunity to review an advanced copy of 100 Under $100. Betsy Teutsch compiles a wonderful guide to one hundred tools for empowering global women.

I absolutely loved reading about the cutting edge solutions happening around the world that contribute to alleviating poverty from maternal health to finance to global health. Within each tool she includes ways to deepen our education and ways we can contribute to the work of the organizations that bring these tools to life. I loved seeing them in action through the photographs as well.

After reading the guide, I felt great hope. People all around the globe are combining talent with compassion to make the world a better place.

That is hope. That is proximity.


The book releases March 6, in the meantime check out the 100 Under $100 websiteblog, Pinterest boards, twitter, and facebook page.

I made a twitter list with all the organizations featured in the book.


I can’t wait to continue sharing the work of these organizations and how we can help.

I mean keyhole gardens, kangaroo care, solar ear, eco-briquettes, bottle bricks, microloans, infant warmers, and school lunch. There is so much to be excited about.

Betsy dedicates the book to all who engage in Tikkun Olam- Repairing the World.


That is all of you!

Thank you for your compassion and willingness to place yourself in proximity to need.



Gray Fades


Friday evening, I felt depleted. Oh the gray that builds sometimes, especially this time of year. Laying on the couch, I hit play on A Path Appears. 

The three-part documentary film based on the book of the same name by Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, shows on PBS. Episode One talked about sex trafficking in the United States. Episode Two covered Breaking the Cycle of Poverty. You can watch Episode 1 and Episode 2 on-line until February 14. The last part will show this evening and takes place at the Kiberia School for Girls.

It was midnight when I finished, and the gray had receded.

Proximity does that to you. You remember who you want to be.


Earlier in the month, Nicolas Kristof wrote an article about a high school friend, stuck in a cycle of poverty called Where’s the EmpathyOh, how we need and long for understanding that leads to empathy, that moves us to act.


I’m excited about A Path Appears.

The IF Gathering where so many women gathered and dreamed this past weekend.

Voices like Amy Sullivan, who remind us that serving is hard, but glorious.

and progress like the Millennium Development Goals.


{Mother and their children at a Mother’s group in South Delhi, India}

The Global Team of 200 is reporting this month with Save the Children and MDG4, reducing childhood morality. The number of children dying from preventable causes decreased from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012. Progress… but still 

  • Each day an estimated 800 mothers and 18,000 young children die from largely preventable causes.
  • More than 1 million babies die on their first and only day of life across the world, and 2.9 million in their first month.

Newborn mortality rates can only be reduced through

  • fairer distribution of essential health services
  • universal healthcare access; this means making these more available to the poorest and most marginalized families, as well as to communities living in rural areas.

The world produces enough food to feed every man, woman and child yet 1 in 8 go to bed hungry every night. 

???????????????????????????????{Mother and son in a hospital in Lusaka, Zambia}


Let’s rise up to meet those suffering with empathy and action.

It is our calling, why we breathe.

and gray fades.


Invisible to Visible.

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Tonight at 10:00 pm on PBS the three- part series of A Path Appears premieres. The film is based on the book by Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The book was wonderful, I have no doubt the documentary will be the same.

Another married duo changing the world through their advocacy is Bill and Melinda Gates. They released their annual letter last week. As a member of the Global Team of 200, I have the privilege of sharing it with you through images.










We live in an unprecedented time. What will our role be? Can we be global citizens that shift to place ourselves in proximity, so the invisible are visible?


The Long Night

The Long Night

As part of my 36 Hope Expands Series, I am practicing proximity by sharing the film The Long Night by Tim Matsui with other members of The Global Team of 200. The film is free to watch through this weekend.

The film follows lives effected by domestic sex trafficking in the Seattle area.

Seattle. The United States. Human trafficking happens here too.


The Parents.

The Runaway

The Addict

The Police


The film is difficult to watch. Being exposed to such profound pain is not fun. I almost deleted this whole post, when I realized that part of proximity is hard.

Lisa-mcdsI would like to share two parts of the film with you.

Lisa, a heroin addict and prostitute, arrived at Genesis (a program implemented by the police to help trafficked minors into a new life.) A police officer gave her a bathrobe. She wept at the simple act of care.

Here you can see a photo essay of Lisa’s journey.

The runaway returned home, yet felt she would never be able to win her parents forgiveness. ‘I didn’t need to. They loved me unconditionally.’


Tim Matsui has not stopped with just making the film. He worked with The Fourth Act, an organization that brings storytellers and images together to create change and The Fledgling Fund doing the same through filmmaking.


There are hard things out there that shouldn’t be. It is so easy to look away.

Our challenge is to look and shrink the distance between us and those in need and respond. 

It’s about proximity. 

Start by viewing this photograph. It is cause to pause. 

World Water Day March 22!

wateraidMy #waterstory acknowledges that I have always had it. I live near the shore of a fresh water lake. I also have the proximity of its beauty. The waves touch the shore, I am renewed.

I have it. 768 million others do not.

That matters.


Tell congress that you support The Water for the World Act here.

This is so simple to do, give it a try. I promise it takes two minutes. 


Global Team of 200 member Jennifer Barbour is traveling in Nicaragua with WaterAid. You can follow her here. #WaterAidNica.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAArticles that cover the global need for clean water:

Lack of water and sanitation hurts women and girls the most
Giving birth on the side of the road with two cans of dirty water
Risking rape to reach a toilet in India’s slums
The burden of collecting water while pregnant
The water crisis that rightly caused an uproar
Everyone, everywhere: A vision for water, sanitation and hygiene post-2015

What is your #waterstory?

You can follow the work of WaterAid here. 

Women and Girls Fund by Global Impact

A call to action:

Roughly one billion people in the world live in extreme poverty; the majority of them are women.

WG Walking

{Photo courtesy of Global Impact}

Each year, about 300,000 women suffer a preventable death during pregnancy and childbirth.

WG Care

{Photo courtesy of CARE.}

Two-thirds of the children denied primary education are girls.

WG School

{Photo courtesy of PLAN}

Women and girls make up ninety-eight percent of trafficking victims.

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{Photo courtesy of Global Impact}

1 billion women will be victims of violence in their lifetime.

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{Photo courtesy of Global Impact}

1 in 9 girls is forced into marriage before her 15th birthday.

wg sad

{Photo courtesy of CARE}

Today, through my work with Global Team of 200, I am able to introduce to you the work and images of The Global Impact Women and Girls Fund. 

Global Impact brings together four respected, best-in-the-business international organizations focused on helping women and girls.  Global Impact partners with CARE, World Vision, Plan USA, ICRW International Center for Research on Women.

Through this fund, you join with millions of people to change the world by helping to provide education, protection and rehabilitation from violence and exploitation, job training, healthcare, safe drinking water and a host of other services to women and girls around the world.

wg sewing

{Photo courtesy of PLAN}

By investing in a girl, she can lift herself out of poverty and abuse, altering the condition of her family, her community and, ultimately, the world.

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{Photo courtesy of PLAN}

Last year at this time About Proximity was hosting the documentary film Girl Rising.

These are the faces, the images of the women and girls. 

They are our sisters. In this, we know they are strong and beautiful, absolutely deserving of every opportunity we ourselves have. 

{This post is a part of a sponsored awareness program that seeks to help women and girls everywhere live healthy lives wherein they are protected, respected, educated and empowered to reach their potential. Visit www.togetherforwomen.org.}

Get Ready- Get Safe

DisasterReport2013.jpgGet Ready- Get Safe is a Save the Children Campaign.

Despite a record disaster year and high-profile school tragedies, most states still fail to meet basic child-safety measures endorsed by a national commission after Hurricane Katrina, Save the Children reported.

There have been many high-profile natural disasters in recent years like Hurricane Sandy and Isaac, the Oklahoma tornadoes, and the Colorado fires. Not only that, but the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Despite these wake-up calls, significant progress has only been made in four states. {wondering what four? New Jersey, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Utah.}

What are the four critical standards?

  1. an evacuation plan,
  2. a family reunification plan
  3. a plan for children with special needs
  4. that states require all schools to have disaster plans that account for multiple types of hazards.


Save the Children is launching a new campaign called Get Ready- Get Safe. Click here to learn more. You can take action here as well, by writing to your governor to urge them to help your state meet requirements. You can also look at the report card for your state.

See their Disaster Preparedness Printable, it is incredibly helpful!


This was so eye-opening to me. I’m the Mom who is searching through cabinets for batteries when the power goes out, hoping to find a working flashlight. We could do much better in our family to be prepared.

I think I like to pretend nothing will happen. It’s nice to think sunny days, but the reality is a disaster can happen anywhere. Being prepared helps ensure families, schools, and childcare centers will emerge with best case scenarios.

Superstorm Sandy: Journey of HopeThis is my state of Michigan.

michiganWhat preparedness actions have you taken with your family? How do you think your area does? 

{This post was done through Global Team of 200 and all photo credit goes to Save the Children.}

Invest in One Child

photo-13{Photo Credit: Opportunity International.}


130 million children around the world do not attend school- 70% are girls.

In Sub-Saharan Africa education is not free. Families are required to pay for fees, uniform, books, food, shoes, and extra teacher payment

photo-1Through Opportunity International you can send one child to school for $1.00 a day.

As we enter a new school year, all donations are matched by donor partners. So your impact is doubled.


A Case Study of Hope: The Ridgeway School, Uganda. The story of Evans Ssenabulya and his wife, Roy with their three daughters.

Evans decided to do something…

It is really that simple, deciding to do something.

Something that makes a difference.

Something that offers hope.

photo-17Education is a pathway out of poverty. Every child should have a chance.

Read more about Opportunity International and follow their social media here.

Taps and Toilets


and toilets.

Two things most of us take for granted.


Imagine attending a school with no taps or toilets.

Imagine teaching at a school with no taps or toilets.


Through WaterAid we have the opportunity to be a part of a campaign called #buildfutures.

12,000 children.

31 schools.

150 taps.

100 toilets.



Meet Perlette:

I am 13 years old. I love school, as it is the only way to be clever. When I am older I want to be a doctor and treat sick children. I have missed school because of drinking dirty water. It may stop me from being a doctor.


Head over to WaterAid to meet another student Zafera, head teacher Ms. Adeline, and Ernest for WaterAid Madagascar. 

Here Ernest shows the Plan View of Tsimahavaobe primary school and what the new facilities will look like. 


When our kids go back to school taps and toilets will not be a need. They are in Madagascar. 

You can make a difference. 

To dig deeper: Involve your whole family with WaterAid Kids Activities.

Super Power Nutrition!

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About Proximity is earning a Super Cape in the kitchen today!

Global Team of 200 is bringing awareness to Save the Children’s Food for Thought Report. When you place yourself in the proximity of your own children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, I can’t imagine them suffering from chronic malnutrition. This is a topic no one would want a parent to suffer through.



World Leaders will meet June 8th for the Nutrition for Growth Summit in London.

Lacking basic nutrition not only stunts children’s growth but also severely impairs the ability for children to learn.


Ways to help world leaders know malnutrition is important to us and support the work of Save the Children:

  • Do you tweet? Here’s a sample:  @whitehouse let’s make sure all kids get healthy food in their #next1000days so they can reach their full potential. #Nutrition4Growth
  • Follow Save the Children on Facebook.
  • Follow Save the Children on Pinterest.
  • Make healthy nutrition a priority in your family and schools!


How is About Proximity earning our super power cape? A Gr8 Recipe!

This is a simple, healthy, inexpensive recipe we have used in our family since Kris and I were married. (I’m sharing a recipe… for those of you who witness my cooking skills this is a little humorous.) Our kids like this recipe because they get to choose their own toppings.


For a special addition I would love to give this book away! Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Food in Kids’ Favorite Meals.

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Leave a comment to win! 

What’s your favorite healthy recipe?