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A Green Solution to Overseas Hunger

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

It all started when a 65-year-old retired carpenter named Fred Colgan met Damon Ogle, an engineer with a new "green" stove design.

Why the Decline in International Adoptions?

John M. Simmons | Posted 06.08.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

I am not "for" international adoption. I am not against it. I am "for" children having loving parents and being in homes where they have a support network.

The Sisyphean Task of Building Families

Bekka Ross Russell | Posted 05.21.2014 | Impact
Bekka Ross Russell

In early 2011, I visited the most amazing place -- a children's village in Karatu, a remote area of Tanzania, where orphaned children were living, lau...

Eye-opening Insights Into International Adoption, Orphans, Special Needs and "Re-homing"

Adam Pertman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Adam Pertman

More children are remaining in orphanages for longer periods of time, thereby incurring the increased developmental and psychic harm that comes from being institutionalized, while also diminishing their prospects for ever moving into a permanent family.

Baby Elephants Survive Against the Odds: An Elephant Orphanage in Zambia

Christina M. Russo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Christina M. Russo

The number of calves that have perished in this current poaching wave is unclear. Also unknown is how many babies survive. And even if a calf manages to outlive an assault, the chance of that youngster making it in the wild without its mother is negligible.

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

Leila de Bruyne | Posted 05.14.2013 | Impact
Leila de Bruyne

Prior to living at Flying Kites, she had been staying with her aunt Mary, a single mother struggling to provide for her own two sons, overwhelmed by Winnie's HIV+ status and looking to find a better solution for the over-burdened family. We took Winnie in. How could we not?

Preserving Poverty

Leila de Bruyne | Posted 01.07.2013 | Impact
Leila de Bruyne

Should we really consider keeping poor children in 'poor-ish' settings, for fear that they may otherwise become too removed from where they came?

I Saved My Daughter, Twice

Tina Traster | Posted 02.18.2013 | Parents
Tina Traster

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt make it look easy. They adopt kids from all corners of the world and the media broadcasts images of perfect Kodak moments. They'd have you believing families bond and blend instantaneously. They don't. Not always.

Redditors Celebrate Arbitrary Day: Gift-Giving For No Reason

Posted 05.30.2012 | Impact

Reddit users are known for marching to their own beat, so it comes as no surprise they're preparing to celebrate their own unique holiday: Arbitrary D...

Formerly Homeless Woman Starts Orphanage In Kenya

Posted 05.01.2012 | Impact

Eunice Kariuki, a formerly homeless mother of two, experienced her share of struggles on the streets of Denver. Now, she's making sure other children ...

Casting My Lot

Hayden Bixby | Posted 05.22.2012 | World
Hayden Bixby

Not for the first time since I got involved with Cura Orphanage, I wonder whether critics like those who chastise and even mock IC's efforts would say similar things about my work, were it more bold, more public.


Hayden Bixby | Posted 05.12.2012 | Impact
Hayden Bixby

The key concern for me was whether and how it was possible to tell what is essentially someone else's story in a way that provides meaningful advocacy.

Contemplating Disappointment

Hayden Bixby | Posted 04.29.2012 | World
Hayden Bixby

It is precisely when a child's independence asserts itself most strongly that he or she needs the most loving and careful guidance but what happens when your commitment is to 50 kids, and one insists on an alternative path?


Hayden Bixby | Posted 04.22.2012 | Good News
Hayden Bixby

We strive for happiness in our home, and we talk endlessly about increasing satisfaction (aka happiness) at work... But my favorite recent quote about happiness comes from a perhaps unlikely place.

Being a 'Connector'

Hayden Bixby | Posted 04.15.2012 | Impact
Hayden Bixby

Making introductions among those who work and live across the globe comprises a great deal of what I do in my development work.

Atlanta 'Housewives' Visit An Orphanage In South Africa

Posted 04.13.2012 | TV

Bravo split the latest episode of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" (Sun., 9 p.m. EST on Bravo) into two almost completely separate segments. The first...

Reddit Donates $80,000 To Orphanage After Man Trying To Save Kids Attacked With Machete

Posted 02.06.2012 | Impact


Changing Lives in Guatemala -- Including Our Own

Keith Ferrazzi | Posted 03.14.2012 | Good News
Keith Ferrazzi

I am feeling more committed than ever to weaving volunteerism and service into corporate America's culture. As in all real relationships, the benefits are mutual -- we receive as much or more than we give.

How A Volunteer Trip Will Change The World

Conor Grennan | Posted 05.31.2011 | Impact
Conor Grennan

Your volunteering story -- not the story about how you almost killed yourself zip-lining through the jungle or the time when the monkey pooped on your head -- is what your friends will remember.

When a Kid Needs a Home, Not Just Any Home Will Do

Pat LaMarche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Paige was given away at five. A story was written about her in the newspaper and interested parties were invited to take her home and see if they wanted to keep her.

Long After Tsunami, Rotary's Youth Centre Continues in Aceh, Indonesia

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

I arrived in Aceh a few weeks after the catastrophic Tsunami of December 2004. As founder of Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW), I wanted to use ...

Former Model Uses Fashion Startup To Fund Orphanage in Kenya

Tonic | JOSIE RAYMOND | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

It's a remarkable biography: Siamanda Chege, the eldest daughter of a homemaker and a missionary, grew up in Nakuru, Kenya with eight siblings. After...

Absurd Dilemmas Caused by Secrets in Closed Adoptions

Jean Strauss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jean Strauss

The secrets inherent in closed adoptions can create a lifetime of frustration and feelings of being second-class citizens -- and can also create absurd dilemmas.

Improve the World (and Yourself) One Grateful Child at a Time

Lisa Haisha | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lisa Haisha

Imagine saying good-bye to your big house and luxury car so you can live among the impoverished. That's exactly what one person did, and he's never regretted his decision.

The Waiting Children: The Personal Is Political

Ethan Silverman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ethan Silverman