She Rises »

Teresa’s father died when she was young. Teresa and her four siblings grew up in the shadow of her father’s first wife, who her mother continued to care for even after his death, as is customary in Nigeria. This was strike one in a culture that marginalizes widows and their children. As a female in […]

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Finding Home »

Alondra handed Raquel a note. She blushed and ran back into the living room. Raquel, the house mom at Possibilities Children’s Home, was pleasantly surprised as she carefully unfolded the yellow paper and smoothed out the creases. “I’m so thankful for you,” the note said, “you feel like my mom.” Raquel brushed tears from her […]

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Once a World Apart »

Nallie peered out the window, watching the white tap-tap rattle and bounce down the bumpy gravel driveway. A cloud of dust trailed behind the taxi. It pulled onto the property and slowed to a stop in front of the children’s home. Cheryl took a deep breath and climbed out of the truck. Her two daughters, […]

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Back to Basics »

One afternoon, Back2Back staff member, Leah, received a call from a teacher at Igmin Kibe Education Center. It was about Emmanuel, a boy from a local village who attended after-school programming at the center. Emmanuel was sick and needed immediate medical attention. When Leah arrived at the center, his head was warm with a fever and […]

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To the Sky »

Fedner sat in his third grade class, but his head was instantly in the air. As the pilot spoke to his class Fedner leaned forward, eyes wide with wonder.

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Stanley Finds His Place »

  Stanley carefully smooths his Spiderman blanket over his bed. Earlier that week, Stanley celebrated his 5th birthday with a frosted cake and a special gift. Surrounded by friends and caregivers, he eagerly pulled white tissue paper from a gift bag to find a plush Spiderman blanket. His brown eyes grew wide, as he gingerly […]

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All Around the World »

Swamy and Madhu are riding bikes. After a day of school, it feels good to be outside playing in the warm afternoon sun. Laughter fills the air as the boys screech to a stop and scramble to the top of the jungle gym. From their view, they can see the entire Back2Back campus. Below Shailaja […]

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Relief for K Bindu »

K. Bindu had quietly nursed an ache in her throat for months. Visits to one doctor proved fruitless when her complaints were dismissed. Still, K. Bindu was certain something was not right, so Back2Back staff insisted on a second opinion. This time, the doctor quickly identified the issue. He determined K. Bindu would need her […]

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Worth the Fight: Magdeline »

Magdeline James is no stranger to hardship. At 15 years old, the tiny girl has carried more burdens than any child should bear. After her father died, her mother remarried and moved away, leaving Magdeline to care for her younger siblings. Magdeline was, at the time, a mere child herself. She was thrust into the […]

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Whatever It Takes »

Ganesh struggled to understand his teacher’s explanation. He looked down at his paper, trying to make sense of his homework but grew even more confused. As his academic difficulties continued, 15-year-old Ganesh grew more agitated. His once carefree personality was masked by frustration. Required chores were met with resistance and it seemed even the smallest […]

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