WISER runs a school in a remote area of Kenya called Muhuru Bay. It started when one of the co-founders was doing research in the area, and she got a note under her door from a 14 year-old girl that said, “Should I stop having sex with the man who is paying my school fees? I’m afraid of getting AIDS.”

Muhuru Bay is very remote. It is a fishing village, and there is a huge cycle of transactional sex, which has resulted in one of the highest rates of HIV in the country and really anywhere in Africa. We estimate that there is 38% HIV prevalence in Muhuru.

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Turning back at this point would be more dangerous than continuing forward–it wasn’t an option. Trying to click into my skis on this grade would also be too risky. The only choice was to keep moving upward, up over the lip of the bowl and onto the gentler slope of the snowfield above. I knew this, logically, but I still couldn’t move my boot up to the next foothold. The fear was visceral, and I felt pathetic. I was frozen.

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The fact of the matter is, when my three friends and I decided to get scarification we knew very little about it except that another volunteer had been to this same healer and hadn’t suffered a debilitating infection. Good enough for me! Bring on the razorblades!

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The enraged water buffalo charged down the narrow dirt path toward us. I ran as fast as my weary legs would carry me – so fast my feet almost slid out from underneath me – my mammoth backpack slapping me in the back of the head with each step. Was this seriously happening? I came …

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The email screamed: “It’s not too late to join our global meditation community. Register for Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Free Online Experience Today.” A 33-year-old, Indian-born, overworked business consultant living in Tribeca couldn’t refuse an invite from Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey. The power couple extended this offer at the beginning of the year, and …

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I’d love to hear about your journey, and how that journey led to you starting Soko. My first introduction to Nairobi was when I was studying for my Master’s degree at MIT, and I came to Kenya to develop a social enterprise that involved developing toilets in the informal settlements. It was really through that …

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Two years and more than 500 images later, the #GirlWithABook movement has gained international attention and momentum. The power and impact of their collected images, of girls and women from all walks of life holding books and signs saying “I stand with Malala.” have been recognized by organizations such as the National Women’s History Museum and the Half the Sky Movement.

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“It’s rare to have an experience that’s truly your own, where there’s no evidence of it,” says Balaconis. “It’s scary to people to do something without proof — but it can be awesome and so refreshing. That experience becomes extra special — a little jewel that you can carry around with you for rest of life. It’s like a secret power.”

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[dropcap size=small]F[/dropcap]or a year, Ulyana Horodyskyj was something of a geological detective. Horodyskyj, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Colorado, Boulder, was embedded in Nepal’s Himalaya mountain range (not literally) to figure out how traveling soot and dust that lands on the region’s glaciers are affecting ice melts. In turn, she got a close-up …

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News flash for you kale lovers out there: Today, October 1st, 2014 is National Kale Day. An entire day to celebrate the wonders of the lean, green, kale machine. Why should we celebrate? Kale is queen of the cruciferous vegetable family. Royalty. Queen Kale abounds in nutritional riches. Here are just a few: anti-inflammatory nutrients, …

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I hadn’t planned to go solo. A group of friends in Heidelberg had expressed interest in going, but they all declined during the week leading up to Friday, and I found myself facing the choice of going alone or not going at all.

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