Your Social Media Images of Giving are Disempowering

In the age of social media, it’s become the norm to document how we give to people living in poverty or marginalized groups. The sadder the story or the bigger the donation, the more the image trends. I have personally watched/read countless of them, given my likes and even cried after being moved by some…… Continue reading Your Social Media Images of Giving are Disempowering

Discoveries from the Diaspora : 10 things you will learn abroad

I was at the airport the other day picking up someone from the airport and I noticed there were so many people at the arrivals terminal holding up signs with names of the people they were receiving. I’ve always wanted to go somewhere and have someone hold up a sign with my name, welcoming me….I…… Continue reading Discoveries from the Diaspora : 10 things you will learn abroad

The African Diaspora Dilemma: Move Back or Stay Abroad?

For those born in the continent, many of us have at one point or another considered the possibility of relocating back to our birth places. Africans living in the diaspora fall into various categories. There are those who temporarily move abroad with the intention of moving back home right after receiving their education. There are…… Continue reading The African Diaspora Dilemma: Move Back or Stay Abroad?

Before you go off to lend a hand: Considerations before that volunteer trip abroad

Spring has sprung in the northern hemisphere and there is an abundance of advertising for summer activities. Most notable to me is the high number of businesses, organizations, agencies and travel groups advertising summer abroad, travel, volunteering or gap year activities. I recently came across this organization that provides reading resources to school and community…… Continue reading Before you go off to lend a hand: Considerations before that volunteer trip abroad