Meg began volunteering with CARE, an organization that works to alleviate the hardships of poverty throughout the developing world. Recently she traveled 8,000 miles to Delhi, India, to find Jehangirpuri—one of the poorest slums anywhere in the world.
Though India has the second-largest population of HIV-positive people in the world, discussion of AIDS there is forbidden. In Jehangirpuri, Meg met with a woman who is fighting against ignorance about HIV and AIDS.
She met with another woman who brought her along to a support group meeting organized by CARE. There, women discussed whatever was happening in their lives. "All the women in the village go just to talk about themselves or life, their kids, reproductive health, where they can get immunized," Meg says.
Thirty miles away from the salt fields, Meg visits an experimental school, funded by CARE, that was created to empower daughters of salt workers to seek a better life. "We are studying to become someone just like the boys," says one of the students. "We hope that other girls will study like we do, and we want to be an inspiration to them."
Meg says she could feel how this woman's openness was a direct result of the freedom of the group. "This idea of female community is so powerful," Meg says. "Women in isolation are divided and conquered, [but] when women are together it is really one of the most powerful things on this planet."
Lucy recently went on special assignment with UNICEF to bring back a special report from a quiet farming community in central Asia that was devastated by an earthquake.
A few months after the earthquake, Lucy traveled to Balakot to survey the destruction firsthand. "You can still sense how terrifying it must have been," she says. "There's the smell of smoke in the air as well as death. … It's hard to describe. It smells like ash and it doesn't smell quite right."
Lucy visited what little remains of a school where tragically 200 students perished. Today, the surviving children study alongside a mass grave where many of their classmates are buried.
Despite these hardships, Lucy says that thanks to efforts by UNICEF and other organizations, the children are proving to be resilient. "The children just have a really great spirit about them," Lucy says. "I think when a disaster happens—whether it's Katrina or the tsunami or in Pakistan—what we try to do is … give the children a sense of normalcy right away. … [UNICEF] helps them get back to a place of what they do every day."
In the camp, Lucy says she was especially moved when she met an elderly woman whose entire family had perished in the earthquake. "A lot of the people still had family or relatives and she didn't," Lucy says. "As somebody who is elderly, … she was afraid that she wasn't going to be taken care of."
Oprah applauds Lucy for sharing her stories. "When you see those mothers sobbing with their children—their pain is exactly the same as yours," Oprah says. "They feel the same way about their babies, their families and their losses as you feel about yours. … Thank you for making that real for us."