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Leila Chambers
Leila Chambers is the founder of Flying Kites, a non-profit organization raising the standards of care available to orphaned children in Kenya. You can follow her on twitter, facebook, or on an adventure of a lifetime!

Personal opinion of the author only.

Entries by Leila Chambers

Celebs and Charities

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 5:24 PM

When Beyoncé traveled to Haiti earlier this summer on a humanitarian trip, she attracted a lot of attention -- not all of it the kind she was going for - critics turned out in force, calling her visit 'just another celebrity photo op."

On the one hand, these conversations...

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In the House of Eldon

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 2:39 PM

I met the Eldon women a few years ago at their house in Malibu. The driveway was long and the house at the end of it looked like it belonged on the French Riviera or the Amalfi Coast; every wall seemed to somehow face the ocean. Amy Eldon, a beauty...

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Well, There's a Wide Wide World of Noble Causes

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 12:29 PM


I met a woman the other day at a cocktail party in Boston. She seemed fun and funny, probably in her late 40's, she had pale skin and freckles, red hair and an awesome dress that looked like it belonged to a...

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Orphaned Children and the Families They Can't Afford to Lose

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 5:47 PM

If you want to go far, go together. -- African Proverb

Last year, Give Well, an organization that reports on the efficacy of charities, published a long list of their own shortcomings as part of their annual report. It is now a featured tab on their website, labeled 'Mistakes'...

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Preserving Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 11:43 AM

Recently, Mark*, a close friend and generous donor, approached me with an exciting prospect: His friend works for a company that makes solar panels and he was (almost) certain we could get some donated to our children's home and school in Kenya. We currently spend a small fortune on diesel for...

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Change Your Behavior or Perish?

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 4:15 PM


I know this little boy; I love this little boy.  He just turned nine, but he reads like an 11-year-old, effortlessly.  He is smart, easily exasperated, and he's kind and compassionate in a way children who have suffered greatly tend to be. ...

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Voluntourism: We Have to Stop Making This About Your Niece

(19) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 11:10 AM

When I signed up to volunteer at an orphanage in Africa, I pictured myself somewhere in the Serengeti, dressed in Banana Republic. I had always wanted to be one of those people concerned with world affairs and after declaring anthropology as my major, I opted to add some humanitarian travels...

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