Today, South Sudan is celebrating its fourth Independence Day, but almost no one there is celebrating. Instead they are trying to avert a famine.
The news from around the world over the last few months has been nothing less than heartbreaking. It seems as though the world is in flames.
This summer, in the midst of deadlines and emergency meetings, I took a moment to write a letter to a student in Bolivia. I'd met Maria (not her real name) on a trip last year, where I saw how desperate many girls are for an education and how difficult it can be to simply finish secondary school. Maria's story was striking.