Lindhout is founder and executive director of The Global Enrichment Foundation (GEF) and has gained international acclaim for her work supporting development and aid in Somalia — the country where she once spent 460 days as a hostage. Her humanitarian work has provided aid and education to over 300,000 people living in the war-torn country. She has been featured in publications including Vogue, O Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine; and she has appeared on Dateline NBC, The TODAY Show, CTV’s Canada AM, and a variety of other TV and radio programs worldwide. Her memoir, A House in the Sky, is a New York Times best-seller and No. 1 best-seller in Canada.