Building a Family Identity »

Identity and family identity can be a controversial subject. What do we stand for? How does it compare with the larger society? How does our calendar and spending reflect that?

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That’s Grace »

Women, sewing machines, and awkwardness filled a room in the Tres Reyes Community Center. It was day one of fourteen sewing classes. Eight women quietly sat around a long table wondering what was going to happen next. Truth is, so did everyone else.

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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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A God Who Defends »

Adrian was placed at Imperio De Amor Children’s Home when he was 10 years old. He got into fights all the time. It was his way of protecting himself and his little brothers. The fights were constant and nothing seemed to calm him down.

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A Story about Trust and Friendship »

11-year-old Octavio giggles with four of his friends as they build their latest creation found amongst a table covered in Legos.

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The Start of Something New »

It took Katarina a little longer to get up from the dinner table that night. After caring for ten children all day at Rukuba Children’s Home, this particular day had been especially draining. She mustered her last bit of energy, sighed and slowly stood up. “How can I help you tonight?” The small voice was […]

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Throwing Stones »

Alex stops in his tracks and bursts into tears. Big crocodile tears stream down his cheeks. Emily pulls him onto her lap and holds him as he gently sobs.

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Quiet Determination »

“Que onda!,” Juan greets his friends. Juan doesn’t greet his friends with a handshake, but a tight embrace. He is funny, a bit of a jokester, but most of all, he is a joy to be around. He loves his friends fiercely. This is far from the boy who arrived at Rancho de los Niños […]

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