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Diana runs her family foundation, the Vladimir and Araxia Buckhantz Foundation, which focuses on issues around runaway and homeless youth, arts education in the schools, aging, reproductive rights and women’s empowerment projects in Eastern Congo and Chad.

Prior to running the Foundation and for the past 25 years Diana was a social issue public relations consultant with track record in obtaining media attention for non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, and foundations. Diana has worked on issues as diverse as the environment, women’s civil rights, children’s educational programs, disability, and adolescent sexuality to name a few and has been successful in promoting her clients and their issues in local and national media. Prior to her consulting career, Diana was Media Director for Children Now, one of California’s leading advocacy groups for children and the Public Relations/Marketing Manager for the California Family Health Council. She was also press secretary for Gil Garcetti’s successful District Attorney Campaign.

Entries by Diana Buckhantz

Leaving Congo One Day

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 5:30 PM

Diana Buckhantz, JWW Board Member, is traveling with four other JWW delegates in Congo’s eastern provinces. They will work with survivors of the country’s decades-long conflict, which has claimed nearly six millions lives. They will meet with JWW’s partners on the ground, with whom JWW works to...

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There Is So Much More

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 5:29 PM

I am always filled with sadness to leave Congo and our work here. With each trip (four for me now), I feel more and more connected to the people and our projects. There are so many remarkable Congolese people doing such important work to rebuild their country after so many...

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I Must Believe

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 3:51 PM

lawyer for congo

Vaughan and Diana with a future lawyer for Congo.

"Sexual violence.” We hear these two words over and over in Congo. They have become a part of the vernacular -- and in...

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A Day Like Today

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 2:30 PM

Diana Buckhantz, JWW Board Member, is traveling with four other JWW delegates in Congo’s eastern provinces. They will work with survivors of the country’s decades-long conflict, which has claimed nearly six millions lives. They will meet with JWW’s partners on the ground, with whom JWW works...

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Congo's Resilient Women

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 2:26 PM

Resilience has taken on new meaning in Congo. In the U.S., we use the word resilience to describe someone who has made something of their life after a hard childhood, or managed to recover after a deep personal loss, or has endured a difficult situation. All of these scenarios...

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Into the Mountain

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 9:28 AM

JWW Board Member Diana Buckhantz is joining with four other delegates travelling with JWW to Congo's eastern provinces to work with survivors of the country's decades-long conflict, which has claimed nearly six millions lives. They will meet with JWW's partners on the ground, with whom JWW works to create...

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Arriving in Rwanda: Ghosts of a Troubled Past, Working Towards a Better Future

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 6:54 PM

The JWW team traveling to eastern Congo has begun their trip in neighboring Rwanda. It's an important time to visit the country, which this year marked the 20th anniversary of the genocide that killed nearly a million civilians in only 100 days. The team spent Monday, July 21 in and...

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Going Back to Congo

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 12:48 PM

JWW Board Member Diana Buckhantz is joining with four other delegates travelling with JWW to Congo's eastern provinces to work with survivors of the country's decades-long conflict, which has claimed nearly six millions lives. They will meet with JWW's partners on the ground, with whom JWW works to create innovative...

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Congo Is Where My Heart Stays

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 11:39 AM

Diana Buckhantz is a Board Member of Jewish World Watch (JWW), a leading organization in the fight against genocide and mass atrocities worldwide. JWW's work is currently focused on the ongoing crises in Sudan and Congo. Diana recently traveled, along with fellow JWW Board Members Diane Kabat and Janice Kamenir-Reznik,...

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Falling In Love

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 1:06 PM

Diana Buckhantz is a Board Member of Jewish World Watch (JWW), a leading organization in the fight against genocide and mass atrocities worldwide. JWW's work is currently focused on the ongoing crises in Sudan and Congo. Diana recently traveled, along with fellow JWW Board Members Diane Kabat and Janice Kamenir-Reznik,...

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We Weren't Expecting This

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 6:44 PM

Jewish World Watch is actively working to develop a partnership with BVES, the organization described below. If you are interested in supporting JWW and BVES's work in eastern Congo, please contact Naama Haviv at Naama@jww.org or 818-501-1836.

It's always the children that break me down. I can listen to women...

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The End of the World

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 11:52 AM

We are finally going to visit the Farchana refugee camp tomorrow. We fly from Abeche to Farchana in a four passenger plane that looks like it is from another century. At first it is a bit daunting, but then I focus on the land below me, and I am fascinated...

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Hard to Leave

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 12:10 PM

I am sitting in my room waiting to go to the airport to return to Los Angeles. It's hard to believe that eight days have gone by. Yesterday, a colleague, who works here in Chad but lives overseas, said to me that it is after about five or six days...

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Forward With Intention: Solar Cooker Project

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 2:32 PM

It has been a long, exhausting and thought-provoking two days of meetings here in N'djamena. We have been meeting with Cord, our implementing partner in the Solar Cooker Project (SCP) in the Farchana refugee camp, as well as with Tchad Solaire, our partner in the Iridimi, Touloum and Oure...

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Friends Old and New

(15) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 5:25 PM

I am sitting at the airport in Paris waiting for the flight to N'Djamena with my colleague and the co-founder of Jewish World Watch, Janice Kamenir-Reznik. After two stressful weeks of canceling and rearranging plans, we are on our way to the Farchana Refugee Camp in Chad to see the...

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