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    Germ Girl of the Month: Steysha Kravits

    Name: Steysha Kravits Age: 20 Country: Ukraine June’s Germ Girl of the Month hails from Kyiv, Ukraine, and also happens to be a member of Germ’s staff! Steysha is a voracious reader, writer, and adventurer who has been courageously involved in the student protests in Ukraine this past year. She dreams of moving to England or America to work for a publishing…

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    Ukuthemba Children’s Home

    The word “orphanage” quickly evokes certain images to our minds, and for the most part, these images are none too positive. We might be able to chalk this up to seeing one too many Shirley Temple movies — because, obviously, all orphanages cannot possibly be so horrific and run by people who should clearly be nowhere near children of any…

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    Germ Girl of the Month: Mary Elizabeth Brown

    Name: Mary Elizabeth Brown Grade: Graduated from Auburn University Age: 23 Country: USA May’s Germ Girl is Mary Elizabeth Brown, a self-professed book lover and “mermaid in training.” She’s an artist, a swim teacher, a helper of the homeless, and an all-around admirable lady. She’s contributed several fantastic articles to Germ, and we were able to interview the impressive college grad to learn more about…

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    Free the Girls!

    “What if we gave the average woman the opportunity to partner with women who have been rescued from human trafficking?” — Free the Girls Co-Founder Dave Terpstra I recently read a staggering statistic that nearly 35 million people are enslaved in the world today — not just women, but men and children as well. This modern day slavery comes in many forms:…

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    Look Out, Barbie. Here Come the Queens of Africa Dolls

    The Barbie is, traditionally, very exclusive. The doll represents a very specific race and culture. In America, it is possible to find other races, like African American or Hispanic dolls, but their availability in other countries is very limited. The generic white-skinned Barbie with the blond ponytail is the one that most little girls seem to have on their shelves.…

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    Robin Hood of Global Health: AFYA Foundation

    Have you ever wondered what happens to usable but discarded hospital supplies? Are they used? Are they thrown away? Danielle Butin has provided an environmentally responsible solution to address the huge shortage of healthcare supplies to underserved communities around the world. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the AFYA Foundation, a medical supply recovery organization in New York. The…

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    Natalie’s Wish

    High schoolers Danielle Layman (left) and I (right) volunteered with Make-A-Wish Foundation to help Natalie’s wish come true. Have you ever had a wish? Natalie did. Her dream was to meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen and to visit Disney World. This may seem like many girls’ dreams nowadays, but Natalie is not your typical four-year-old girl. Unfortunately, Natalie was…