Moving far away with kids

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Moving is scary for everybody. I remember I had to move from New York to Los Angeles when I was ten years old. It was like the world was ending. I tried to be sensitive to moving my girls 10,000 miles away. I think the best way is to acknowledge that it is scary for everybody and that it's an adventure. Ultimately, you have to look and decide, is it going to be good for the big picture. Is it good for them, as well as, it is good for me? For us, I felt like exposing them to living in the developing world and spending time in Africa would be really anectdotal to living and growing up in Los Angeles. I thought it would be good for them and our values. I felt the families values. Give them a gift that they would value for the rest of their lives, and it did. I'm so grateful that we did it.
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Robin Smalley

Parent with a Purpose & Co-Founder of mothers2mothers

After a successful Emmy Award-winning career as a television producer/director, Robin Smalley co-founded mothers2mothers, a Cape Town-based NGO providing education, empowerment and suppport for pregnant women and new mothers living with HIV/AIDS. m2m reaches these women with a unique approach, by employing and professionalizing lay people living with HIV (Mentor Mothers). As role models in their communities, Mentor Mothers fight stigma as valued members of prenatal care teams that have traditionally been populated by dwindling numbers of overworked and overstressed doctors and nurses. As m2m’s first executive director and current International Director, Robin has guided the organization through a period of extraordinary growth. A tiny grassroots endeavor established in 2001, m2m is now a pivotal part of the Global Plan to eliminate pediatric AIDS by 2015, operating in more than 400 sites in seven African countries and employing nearly 1,000 HIV-positive mothers. m2m has been honored at the White House, is the recipient of the Skoll Entrepreneurial Award, the Schwab Entrepreneurial Award, the Global Health Council Best Practices Award, and the Henry Kravis Leadership Award. Robin is married to architect Jeffrey Smalley and has two daughters, Hannah and Sophia. She continues to maintain membership in the Directors and Writers Guilds of America. 

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