Fasting: It’s Not What We Think

You can learn a lot from a HOPE61 intern. I’ve spent the past five months in America, fundraising for my return to Australia and New Zealand. Though I’m based in Pennsylvania I’ve been able to visit OMS headquarters in Indiana a few times. Getting to know Erika, Clarissa, Ashley, and Cory (this year’s HOPE61 interns)…

Desperation

Have you ever been so desperate? Desperate for love, desperate for money, desperate for attention. My family and I have just packed up our whole lives and moved from Ukraine to Australia. For the last 3 weeks we have been looking for a house to rent. I’ve been pretty desperate for a house. I have…

Trapped

For the last few weeks I have been traveling across the United States with my parents. During a seemingly innocent stop at a gas station somewhere between California and Arizona I managed to get myself locked inside the single room bathroom along the outside of the building. I walked into the bathroom, flipped the lock,…

How long will you wait?

Normally, the only way I can sleep is in pure darkness. I do not like any light while trying to sleep. None at all… When I used to charge my old laptop a little blue light would blink on the charger. At night that little light bothered me so much that I would have to…

Death Came to the Streets

When I met her in January, she’d been abusing drugs for such a long time that they controlled the way she walked. The way she talked. How she remembered a sequence of events–if she remembered them. She may not have remembered my name, although I’d given it to her several times; I will certainly never…

Slavery Footprint

Most people have heard the term carbon footprint. “What is your carbon footprint?”, is a trendy, and important, question. We are all worried about how the choices we are making now, will impact the environment for generations to come. I make choices each day to lower the carbon footprint of our family. While cleaning house…

Behind Bars

Human trafficking isn’t only a problem in other parts of the world. Most people tend to think of the problem as “out there” but it is often hidden in our own communities. Several years ago I was in my first year of graduate school to get my master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice. I…