As you can see here, the Potterheads are ever so slowly going insane for lack of new material to fangirl over.


As you can see here, the Potterheads are ever so slowly going insane for lack of new material to fangirl over.


So how do communities with limited electricity and running water in Ethiopia reduce infant mortality and dramatically improve newborn and maternal health? 
With a system designed by Ethiopians for Ethiopia, and a lot of amazingly dedicated health extension workers and volunteers. (The tier system is explained in the first picture.) I’m obviously no expert, but from what I could tell the nonprofit funding worked precisely because it was helping people execute their vision, rather than trying to impose a strategy upon them.
Today, I visited a health center and then a health outpost, a small structure with no electricity serving a community of around 5,000. The Outpost (picture two) was staffed by two women who can do everything from treat malaria to deliver babies. They have a detailed and systematic approach (those files in picture three contain information about every family in their area), but they rely on the volunteer Women’s Health Care Army to provide education, prenatal care, and family planning assistance, among many other things, to every family in the area.
It was fascinating to start my journey at a facility that can do Caesarean sections and then follow the health care system into individual residences, where a woman can talk directly to someone she trusts about prenatal vitamins, contraception, and breastfeeding. 

The health challenges here in Ethiopia are massive, obviously, but these volunteers are a big part of the reason that Ethiopia’s infant and maternal mortality rates are dropping so dramatically.
You’ll meet several of them in a forthcoming video, but I just wanted to share the amazingness of today’s experience.


Ambiguous Victories and Real Progress: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

In which John continues the Nerdfighter Book Club’s discussion of Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Are there unambiguous victories? How should we approach our understanding of and relationship with charities domestic and international? I look forward to reading all of your thoughts in comments when I get back.


What a bunch of dorks.

Harry Potter cast and producers remember their favourite lines (Part 1)


We’ve spent our summer apparating from one con to another, so our physical merch table has been pretty busy. Thanks to wizard science and our friends at DFTBA Records, however, all our wizard wearables (including shirts for people and walls) are also available through the internet. We’ve even gotten the Ministry of Magic to let us lift all the charms on it and make it available beyond the Floo Network.

Now you can rep the internet with our Hogwarts Internet Club and Grangr t-shirts. There’s also our super-swanky Books Turn Muggles Into Wizards journal, which we promise is not a horcrux. And if you’re in need of some encouragement, you can hang the Hang in There, Baby Crookshanks poster on your wall for instant, furry moral support.

These are the latest in our merch line, which includes some of our old favorites like the Granger/Lovegood 2016 campaign tee and our classy HPA logo shirt. So classy.

We’d love to see you at our booths and tables across the country (LeakyCon Orlando, anyone?), but the internet’s got your back if you can’t make it.

Each purchase helps support our work at the Harry Potter Alliance. So thanks!

Feel free to buy all the things. 


old ass ppl talk shit about my generation until they accidentally disable their wifi and cant figure out how to turn it back on

then im suddenly the mastermind of information & resources


I got an answer


Happy 25th Birthday to the one, the only, Daniel Radcliffe!