Slightly larger in area than Arkansas, Nepal is a country nestled between China and India in South Asia.[i] The majestic Himalayan mountain range runs through Nepal and is home to Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak measuring in at 29,029 feet. In Sanskrit, Himalayas means “abode of snow.”[ii] Although Nepal has a booming tourism industry, […]

Where is Dimapur, Nagaland?

Established as the 16th state of the Indian Union in 1963, Nagaland is located in the extreme northeast of India. The capital today is Dimapur. This city also served as the ancient capital of the Kachari tribe (prior to the 13th century) and contains monoliths and ruins of temples. Christianity was brought to Nagaland in […]

The “Star of Sierra Leone”

The world’s largest alluvial diamond was discovered on February 14, 1972 in the Koidu area of Sierra Leone. Known as the “Star of Sierra Leone,” the 969.8 carat diamond was cut into 17 gemstones, 13 of which are flawless.

Argentina: Day of Friendship

A Day of Friendship or Friend’s Day is celebrated every July 20th in Argentina. Festivities include:  going out with friends, sending cards and gift giving. In fact, so many phone calls and text messages are sent that it usually floods the mobile network causing service interruptions. Although Friend’s Day isn’t classified as an official day-off-from-work […]

Haiti: a Nation in Crisis

The World Food Program reports that food supply covers only 55% of the population. Unemployment is now 90% in Haiti and 80% of Haiti’s people live in abject poverty. One out of five children will die before the age of five and there are more than 400,000 children without parents in Haiti. There are still over 17,000 […]

India: Random Facts

India experiences six seasons: summer, autumn, winter, spring, summer monsoon, and winter monsoon. With 150,000 post offices, India has the largest postal network in the world. However, it is not unusual for a letter to take two weeks to travel just 30 miles.  India’s pastoral communities are largely dependent on dairy and have made India […]

Clean Water 101

More than 3.4 million people (about the equivalent to the entire City of Los Angeles) die each year from water, sanitation and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all water-related deaths (99%) occur in developing countries. More people have a mobile phone than access to proper sanitation facilities. Facts from