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Something New for Bedtime Tells these Children "You are Special"

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.15.2017 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Sometimes people ask me why all of our pajamas are new. Here's why: besides the basic hygiene issue, there is something wonderful about brand new paj...

What Faith Built in a Place Called 'Shell'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 12.19.2016 | Good News
Dorian de Wind

"I can't believe that there is anything closer to looking into the eyes of Jesus than looking into the eyes of one of these babies"- Patti Sue Arnold ...

5 Reasons Why the United States Needs to Bring Back Orphanages

Regan Long | Posted 10.12.2016 | Impact
Regan Long

The United States is lacking a number of things. The most powerful country in the world seems to be slipping on several issues, sadly, many of which include families.

Brothers Who Lost Parents In Tsunami Support Orphanages With Flip-Flop Line

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.06.2016 | Impact

LONDON, Oct 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly 12 years after British brothers Rob and Paul Forkan survived the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed ...

Shutting Down All Orphanages is a Risky Act that Could Leave Thousands of Children in Danger

Jacqueline Herrera | Posted 09.26.2016 | Impact
Jacqueline Herrera

Last month, J.K. Rowling sent sent out a series of tweets denouncing the practice of volountourism in orphanages, and the support of orphanages in gen...

SEEING THEIR WORLD

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 09.21.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

We never know what difficulty someone may be going through when we meet them...or when we receive a letter from them. In person, their demeanor and bo...

J.K. Rowling Breaks Down Why Volunteering At Orphanages Can Cause More Harm Than Good

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 12.19.2016 | Impact

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is at it again with her epic Twitter takedowns. In a series of 12 on-point tweets on Sunday, Rowling broke down why ...

Inspiration in all Sizes

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 08.03.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Who inspires you? Your mom or dad? Your husband, wife or partner? Maybe a mentor or role model who changed things because they were hopeful enough to...

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 02.24.2017 | 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 02.19.2017 | 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 02.03.2017 | 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 01.28.2017 | 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 01.14.2017 | 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 12.29.2016 | 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 12.08.2016 | 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 12.08.2016 | 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 11.18.2016 | 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 11.10.2016 | 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 10.20.2016 | 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.