Global Team of 200

Global Team of 200 is a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.

Our Motto: Individually we are all powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children.

Posts tagged "Lauren Beihoffer"

UNICEF works to protect all children from violence, exploitation, and abuse—aiming to reduce factors that make children vulnerable to trafficking and creating protective environments that guard children against exploitation in the same way that good health and nutrition fortify them against disease. (via Human Trafficking: What You Might Not Know | Hike. Blog. Love.)

My kitchen sink. The shower. The flushing of my toilet. All of these places have one thing in common-the extraordinary ability to easily provide safe water for drinking, cooking, cleansing my hands, bathing and sanitation. All of these things I use on a regular basis without a single thought as to how much we take clean water for granted (via Clean Water for your Valentine | Hike. Blog. Love.)

Have you ever thought about what you would do if an emergency struck? I often think about it now that I am a mother. Protecting my family is my number one priority and it’s hard to imagine what would happen if tragedy really did strike. Even though a lot of us try and prepare, it’s not something anyone can ever be totally ready for, in my opinion. (via Ring in the New Year by Helping Others {through the World Food Programme} | Hike. Blog. Love.)

Having a baby should be a time of great joy and hope. But every year across the world 287,000 women die in pregnancy and childbirth. That’s one mother dying every 2 minutes, 800 each day. Another 7-10 million women and girls suffer severe or long lasting illnesses caused by complications in pregnancy and childbirth. These women do not need to suffer and die; most lives could be saved relatively easily and cheaply. (via Maternity Worldwide and Last Minute Christmas Gifts | Hike. Blog. Love.)

If you’d like to do something….I mean really do something, I’m going to give you an easy way to get involved. Go to A Mother’s Fight to help end pediatric AIDS.  90% of child infections are due to transmission from mother to child. Let’s end pediatric AIDS in our generation by donating to help mothers receive testing and treatment. Your donation WILL save lives.  Join the fight today.

(via On This World AIDS Day, Fight to End Pediatric AIDS | Hike. Blog. Love.)

In America, you would be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t know what the words Black Friday and Cyber Monday mean. These words are now infused into our cultural identity and have become the official kickoff to the holiday shopping season. Now don’t get me wrong, giving can be nice (and if you would like to give gifts that do good–then it’s twice as nice!) But a new campaign to urge Americans to not only give, but give back, is launching on a grand scale this year. (via Giving Tuesday: A National Day of Giving | Hike. Blog. Love.)

So can the voice of one young girl in Pakistan really change the world? It certainly has already for millions of children around the globe: (via Malala Day: Education for All | Hike. Blog. Love.)

For 62 years, UNICEF has been motivating children to become global citizens through this festive fundraising program. It’s a great way to provide the entire family with an easy and fun way to help others. (via Make Your Halloween Even Sweeter by Trick or Treating for UNICEF | Hike. Blog. Love.)

(via Love and Hunger: Oxfam USA and World Food Day | Hike. Blog. Love.)

Hunger is not a new topic in our house.  Our boys associate food with love and it’s kind of a big deal around here. But now that both boys are home and thriving and food is abundant, it is easy to overlook and forget about the fact that hunger is a global reality for so many.

I believe that social media allows a single voice the ability to raise awareness of social issues quickly and easily. As a blogger who has used her voice to advocate for many different global issues over the past several years, I have seen first hand what education and a little bit of passion can ignite in others. I hope that by using social media for social good, I can be a part of a global movement to change our world for the better.

Global Team of 200 Member: Lauren Beihoffer

Lauren is a lover of nature, avid hiker, chemistry professor and a mother to two boys adopted from across the globe–one who happens to have autism. She fiercely believes that adventure is for all and uses her blog ( to inspire others to get outdoors and live a life of adventure despite the obstacles that might stand in the way.

When not blogging about the outdoors, Lauren uses her voice to advocate for the adoption and welfare of older, special needs orphans of the world. As both an adoptive mother and special needs mom, she is passionate about raising awareness in the areas that have affected her at a personal level, such as orphan care, family preservation, HIV/AIDS and autism. In 2009, she helped create a mom-powered organization to raise funds for the children and families of Vietnam, the birth country of one of her sons. She also is a regular contributor to the Social Good column at World Moms Blog.