BFF Workshop Diaries

  • Article by Not.Travis Photography by Erica Simone & Not.Travis Going to Africa on a volunteer trip had always been something that I dreamt of since I was a little kid. For whatever reason, I always knew it was something I was going to do. I

  • Article by Jerry Chu Photography by Challenging Heights “Friends International Academy” Youth   “Hi My Name is Noah and I’m 10 years old.  I want you to be my BFF.” As I stepped off the bus into Challenging Heights, I saw a sea of welcoming

  • Article and Photography by Erica Simone   When Monica first told me months ago that we would be leading a project in Ghana, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I had never considered traveling to Ghana, mainly because I didn’t know anything about it,

  •   Article by Shannon Mac Ardhail   “Kwesi!” two boys cheered and exchanged brilliant smiles, first to each other then to me, from the opposite diagonal corner of a table of the Challenging Heights’ school library in Winneba, Ghana. Next, they gave me a decisive, slow,

  • Article By Zephy Photography by Challenging Heights   It’s been twenty-four hours since we’ve arrived in Ghana, a vibrant country filled with gregarious and good-natured people.  We’ve been greeted with an abundance of huge, kind smiles, graciousness, and plenty of fried rice.  For our first


  • by Danyell Twyman (LIM College & BFF Intern) Internships are central to LIM’s curriculum, and in my experience, they are one of the best aspects of the college because they complement classroom learning by providing real world experience. My internship with non-profit Beauty for Freedom has

  • LADIES WHO LOVEBOMB by Jill Hilbrenner Episode 17 // February 15, 2018: When Monica Watkins traveled to Haiti in 2010 on an earthquake-relief mission, she was shocked to learn that human trafficking can spike in the aftermath of natural disasters. Monica, the daughter of two civil-rights activists,

  • Article by Jerry Chu Who you shop for and where you buy this Holiday Season matters. Today’s landscape of consumerism is changing dramatically, and the average consumer is becoming more and more empowered. Consumers, especially the millennial generation, are more conscious of the variety of

  • By Ayushi Thapliyal There’s a tendency to fixate on the more visible and tangible rot in our social fabric, where serious issues like human trafficking get lost. We owe that to perhaps the more obvious crises in the world—be it political, social, economical, environmental and

  • Article by Ayushi Thapliyal The one thing that I loved doing growing up which I continue doing today is telling stories. At 5, I wrote and image sourced (cut & pasted) a book on cats, as an 8-year- old I wrote a story called Percy the