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Russian Artist Protests Mistreatment Of Orphans In Grueling Performance

artnet News | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.08.2016 | Arts

Artist and activist Katrin Nenasheva has recently completed a piece of public performance art, which involved lugging a metal bed frame on her back, t...

'Love Is Something If You Give It Away"

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.17.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Twenty feet from me, four-year-old children are giggling, sitting in a circle in a small room, waiting to find out what happens next in this new place...

A Horrific Flashback

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.31.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Just when I think I've seen it all, or at least a lot of it over 15 years of Pajama Program, a horrific memory engulfs me and shakes me all over again...

Saying No to Naysayers on Your Path

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.15.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

On the road to fulfilling your true purpose you're not always joined by cheerleaders. Even those closest to you may not rally in support and you may b...

But Aren't Those Kids Broken? Poverty Porn vs. Reality

Bekka Ross Russell | Posted 03.31.2016 | Impact
Bekka Ross Russell

When I decided to spend most of a year living and volunteering in Tanzania, I said early on that I didn't want to do orphanage work. I love kids, always have, and for exactly that reason, I thought it would be too sad to be around traumatized, orphaned children. I couldn't have been more wrong.

When All Is Not Right With the World

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 03.22.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

There are days we wake up and all is not right with the world. Somebody is wreaking havoc and it takes everything we have to keep going, keep looking for peace somewhere within us to find a way to make things better for ourselves, our family, our community and the world.

"Happy" Is Not a Lightweight Word

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.26.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Too often people dismiss the word "happy" as frivolous. Some think it's a throwaway word, insubstantial and shallow. I happen to think it's an extraor...

The "Orphan" Generation in Cambodia

Lindsay Stark | Posted 02.19.2016 | Impact
Lindsay Stark

A quiet, but alarming, trend is happening in Cambodian "orphanages." Instead of predominantly serving the needs of children whose parents have died, these institutions are increasingly being filled with children from poor families whose living parents are seeking better opportunities for their children's future.

Supporting The Future Of Afghanistan Means Loosening Our Grip On The Past

Mina Sharif | Posted 02.03.2016 | Impact
Mina Sharif

No single person is accountable for Afghanistan and the state of its people. But every one of us is accountable for the perceptions that directly affect how the country moves forward.

Who Knew What We Would Find

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 01.29.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Unexpected turns of fate happen every day ... One day something propels us off our path and we find ourselves in a whole new world ... something we ne...

CNN Should Reexamine Support of Orphanages

Laurie Ahern | Posted 01.15.2016 | Impact
Laurie Ahern

It is discrimination, poverty, disability and lack of access to education that push vulnerable families to give up their children. Despite being fed, without the love of a family setting, many times children will stop growing and even die - a condition known as "failure to thrive."

'I Wish I Never Left'

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 12.29.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Holiday wishes are a big deal for all of us, but especially for children. And for the children we see, we know how sacred a simple wish can be.

Rwanda: Empty Orphanages, Communities Filled with Hope

David Weiss | Posted 12.14.2015 | Impact
David Weiss

Marie (second from left) and Emil (fourth from left) have been reunited with their oldest sister Emmy (far right). Marie and Emil are typical seven-ye...

Bedtime Memories 80 Years later

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Memories of our bedtimes don't go away. They aren't written down anywhere and sometimes it's a stretch to pull them up if we go looking for them. But once in a while a memory is triggered and comes rushing to the forefront, spilling over into our present.

Abundance in Many Forms

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

The children never lack in enthusiasm when they nestle up with a volunteer to listen to a story, just for them. When they arrive, they are overflowing with anticipation for what's going to happen, and when they leave they are filled with an extraordinary amount of joy and love.

During November's National Adoption Month, a Teddy Bear Reminds Me of All the Children Stuck in Orphanages Around the World

Rachael Quinn Egan | Posted 11.11.2015 | Parents
Rachael Quinn Egan

Our Moldovan boy's Teddy Bear surfaces periodically. This week I found it lying on the playroom floor among our daughters' dress up costumes.

Kids Helping Kids and Making a Difference

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 10.20.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

"Danger Season" started on October 1st. This is the time of year when the temperatures drop and the chill at night makes it the most desperate time for the children we serve. This is the time when children are cold, afraid and lonely.

What Cambodia Has Taught Me: Lessons From a Legend

Lucy Perry | Posted 10.19.2015 | Impact
Lucy Perry

The night before I met Geraldine, she was on a TV show called Australian Story. And what a story she has lived. She was never able to have her own children, so in 1995 at aged 50, after a long career in foreign affairs, Geraldine moved to Cambodia where she established Sunrise Cambodia.

Keeping Each Other Warm

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

We can't lose sight of how many families may not even have pajamas to change into - how many children sleep in their clothes. How many families feel a cold that comes from neglect and loneliness. The change in weather only amplifies their chill.

On Improving the Lives of Romanian Orphans

Stefania Magidson | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Stefania Magidson

For those who are called to make a quiet, but profound and long-term difference in the world, Blue Heron has given them the opportunity to be part of such a community. Let's get others excited about uplifting humanity, in no matter how small or quiet a way, but always with sincerity and joy in our hearts.

A Drop in the Ocean, But it's a Very, Very Significant Drop, it Gives Us Hope

Nuri Kino | Posted 09.02.2015 | World
Nuri Kino

There will be 122 children accommodated in the Little Angel orphanage. Like the tears I shed for the little girl, it is just one drop in the ocean. But it begets a tremendous important step -- beginning a journey of hope.

Back to School and Back on the Lookout for Children in Distress

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

School is starting again and that means so many things. Some children are excited about moving up a grade while some may not be so excited about schoo...

An Artistic Conversation With Actor Edward Akrout of Mr. Selfridge and Showtime's The Borgias

Ilana Rapp | Posted 08.04.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Edward Akrout has a big presence in the UK but now he's trickled to the other side of the pond. Off screen, Edward made his debut in the art world this year, showcasing his paintings at Café Royal, and Hoxton in London.

Where Will the Children Go Next?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 07.15.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

. No child should be tossing and turning in bed in too-tight old and dirty jeans. No child should cry herself to sleep feeling alone in the dark. No child deserves to be afraid at night because tomorrow she is being transferred to another "new place."

Kindness Every Day

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.09.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Every day all of us have opportunities to be kind, to offer a small gesture of comfort or a word of hope or encouragement to those we know well, and those we are meeting for the first time.