Forging a Different Path »

Her cry broke through the steady monsoon rains. In a rural village 3 hours outside Hyderabad, India, on a humid, July morning in 2002, V. Bindu, entered the world. Her parents, agricultural workers of the Banjara tribe, spend their days doing the labor intensive work of rice farming. But today they enjoy the sweet first […]

To Build Vibrant Community »

The families sat together in little units, all taking the other families in with their eyes. Plates and forks sang a chorus of clatter louder than voices communicating with each other. Food was being prepared and eaten, but eight families gathered as relative strangers and measured each other from across the tables. It was January […]

Worthy to Provide »

Eduardo feels his palms get clammy as the classroom of eyes center on him. He squeezes his hand into a fist, takes a deep breath, and begins to share his vision to help others by collecting bottle caps. Eduardo, 11, lost his mother to cancer at a young age and is learning what it means […]

For a Hope and a Future »

13-year-old Miguel furiously scribbled small notes, trying to catch every piece of information Jorge shared. Jorge Vieyra, Back2Back Cancun staffer and senior Psychology student at a local university, explained to eager ears the ins and outs of psychology and the careers it can open up. As Jorge unpacked the adventure of the human mind, other […]

Adventure Outside the Familiar »

Small, thin hands shoot straight into the sky as water sprays into the air. High-pitched squeals of delight erupt as a dolphin jumps high above the pool of water. Big, brown eyes follow the mammal up and watch as he dives below the surface. A group of children, ages six to eight, from the Tres […]

Constructing Positivity »

I went through a scrapbooking phase in middle school. I would take my disposable camera to Wal-Mart and slip it into the development envelope, and wait impatiently to see if my pictures turned out. My first scrapbook was purple. And I think my favorite part of the entire scrapbooking process was going to the store […]

Taking Part »

Pranay looks down at the ball as he dribbles it from his left foot to his right and then back, again. He raises his eyes to the goal just up the field from him; bobbing and weaving between boys taller than him, with more experience than him, he edges closer to the net where the […]

Celebrating Freedom »

Madhu carries the flag against his shoulder as he walks around campus. The colors of his country – orange, white, and green – wave in the humid air as music pulses in the background. It’s Independence Day in India. As a visiting mission team spends three days mixing and pouring concrete, the children on the Hope […]

Building a Culture of Communication »

Darlene, a Back2Back caseworker, sits down with Dalila, the mother of Lady, Zuri, and Jose Luis and together, they dive into a lesson within the Active Parenting Curriculum. Today’s topic is understanding the dreams of her children. “Dalila has always been a highly engaged mom,” explains Darlene. “She is active in the lives of her […]

The Value of Empowerment »

Sebastian walks into the room, determination written on his face. He is a young man on a mission. Sebastian knows what he is looking for and just where to find it. Recently five-year-old Sebastian has been seeing a psychologist to better manage his anger and emotional outbursts. As a young boy coming from a hard […]

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