#TBT - A 2011 visit to Honduras

#TBT - A 2011 visit to Honduras


“To Kill a Sparrow” (by CIR

“To Kill a Sparrow” is a short film revealing the plight of woman in Afghanistan who are imprisoned for so-called “moral crimes”: running away from forced marriages or domestic abuse, or falling in love and marrying against a father’s wishes. “Sparrow” tells the story of Soheila and her lover Niaz, who are sentenced to prison for daring to live together as a couple. Soheila is defying her father’s order to marry a much older man. If Soheila persists in refusing to submit to the arranged marriage, her father and brother say they will kill her “even if she moves to America.”

Children wearing masks at an Early Childhood Development center supported by ChildFund in western India. Photos by Saroj Pattnaik. 

My First TEDx Talk

Today I’m giving my first TEDx talk in Richmond, Va., about violence against children. The preparation has been intense. I have done a lot of public speaking in my career, and I really enjoy it. I’m passionate about my work with ChildFund, and I love having an opportunity to tell people something about the work we do with children. Often I get much more excited than nervous when I speak. I get energy from speaking with and to other people, including audiences, which adds to my excitement.

But for today, I admit I’m a bit nervous. Who hasn’t watched a great TED talk and been impressed with the quality of the presentation? TED has set a high standard. TED talks rely on your memory – no notes or teleprompters allowed. What if I forget what I’m supposed to say? Everyone says just relax and have fun. That’s easy for them to say – they won’t be up in front of the audience and cameras. Wish me luck!  If you’re interested, the talk will be streamed live around 1:15 p.m. EDT.

"The less than 1 percent of the U.S. budget that is spent on foreign aid (about $30 billion), is helping build foundational changes in countries around the world: building schools, roads and irrigation systems, providing life-saving vaccines, family planning and other vital healthcare services."

Read more in this month’s HuffPost piece

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