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I’ve a confession to make: I actually hated pineapple until I tried it in Sierra Leone. In fact, I could never understand the infatuation with pineapple, with all its sour, fleshy glory. 


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My husband and I were weeks away from wrapping up three years of work at an international boarding school in the foothills of the Himalayas in India when one of the pregnancy tests I bought for 10 rupees in the bazaar came back positive. 


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Claire Cain Miller recently wrote the New York Times article "How to Raise a Feminist Son". She asked neuroscientists, economists, psychologists and others, given their research, to answer the question "How can you raise feminist sons?"


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In 2014 Salome Karwah was Time’s person of the year for nursing Ebola victims after surviving the disease herself. On February 21, 2017, Salome died of childbirth complications, but also of Ebola complications. Well, sort of.


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COHI's COO, Leah Little, shares her personal thoughts on our work with refugees in the Rio Grande Valley, providing quiet and solemn insight to the tough reality refugees and healthcare providers endure, and the pivotal, compassionate moment when they first meet.


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We're thrilled to introduce our Community Organizer Lakhpreet Kaur! Lakhpreet is co-leading our latest local initiative ATX Community Allies Network to grow activism in #ATX, and is a prolific writer, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Kaur Life, a non-profit online magazine geared to empowering Kaurs (Sikh women). Welcome aboard, Lakhpreet!


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We're proud to introduce COHI's current Activist in Residence! Meet ShiShi Rose- writer, activist, and public speaker. Shishi is currently womanning our social media outreach and leveraging her talent and expertise to help spread COHI's mission. Read her in-depth interview below, and prepare to feel inspired.


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We all have felt, and are feeling these emotions as we listen to and absorb the news coming from Syria since March of 2011. We should be honest with ourselves how hard it has been to witness the Syrian crisis, carrying the weight of the events affecting the Syrian diaspora and those remaining inside Syria. It’s hard because individually, we feel we cannot affect any amount of positive change.


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In the United States, October marks National Domestic Abuse Awareness month. Domestic violence takes multiple forms in many societies, including physical, sexual, emotional and verbal abuse, destruction of property, social isolation and economic dependency. Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence regardless of age, gender, race, social status or sexual orientation.


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For many of us breastfeeding isn't glamorous or easy, it's a private struggle emotionally and physically. When I look at this photo I remember the tears, the fear, and the isolation of those first months. Those were some of the hardest of my life. 


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Breastfeeding is natural, but it doesn't come naturally to most women.

Imagine that you've just given birth, in a hospital you didn't plan on delivering in, and in a country foreign to you. You're now living in a temporary shelter, you've left behind your home, your job, and your intimate community of friends has been scattered. Then imagine yourself trying with all of your might to breastfeed your new bundle of joy.


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A lot of people, knowing English is Sierra Leone’s official language, ask if we teach in English.  The answer is a clear “No!” as very few women speak English.  Few adult women have attended any school, so speak their tribal language.  We work among the Mende people, who live in some of the most remote areas of the southern part of Sierra Leone and are one of the largest tribes.


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