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Orphans International Worldwide

Up-Close Look at Group's Grassroots Effort to Reduce Homelessness

Jim Luce | Posted 07.02.2013 | New York
Jim Luce

It is an understatement to call homelessness a growing problem. More accurately, it's a tragedy. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that an a...

At Cipriani: 2012 Women Refugee Voices of Courage

Jim Luce | Posted 07.14.2012 | Impact
Jim Luce

This year, a luncheon hosted by the Women's Refugee Commission focused on the need to protect and empower displaced adolescent girls -- one of the most vulnerable groups within a refugee setting.

Back in Haiti

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 05.27.2012 | World
Dr. Jane Aronson

I am back in Haiti and very happy to be here. People are friendly and open although they are constantly by challenged poverty and lack of opportunity. There is hope here, and I'm not sure why.

Afghan Fund Launched As Orphans Visit New York

Jim Luce | Posted 05.22.2012 | Impact
Jim Luce

With the American presence in Afghanistan shaken in the horrific wake of Quran burnings, the death of innocent civilians and indications that the Amer...

Partnership (Or, We Can't Do It All by Ourselves)

Hayden Bixby | Posted 05.05.2012 | Impact
Hayden Bixby

Lately, I'm increasingly aware that I participate in another kind of stewardship. Not just of the relationship between individuals and Cura, but also between other organizations and ours. The work we do has both built and relied upon partnership.

Help Me to Support Education and Orphan Care in Bihar, India

Jim Luce | Posted 03.19.2012 | Impact
Jim Luce

One of the highlights of my pilgrimage to India has been meeting Ranjan Kumar, founder and president of the Gyanjyoti Rural Development Welfare Trust.

Touching the Untouchables in a Rural Indian Village

Jim Luce | Posted 03.17.2012 | World
Jim Luce

I have been privileged to visit two "Untouchable" villages while here on pilgrimage in India -- the first about four miles outside Bodh Gaya in Bihar province, and the other about four hours south of here, in the village of Dumri in Jharkhand province.

At the UN: Co-hosting Conference on World Peace, Health and Culture

Jim Luce | Posted 03.11.2012 | Impact
Jim Luce

Recently I agreed to co-host the World Peace, Health and Culture Conference at the United Nations on behalf of Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW),...

My Mother: "God Damn It James, I Raised You Better Than That!"

Jim Luce | Posted 02.10.2012 | Impact
Jim Luce

My mother's words still ring out in my head, year after year. It was Thanksgiving 1998, Boston. I was continuing to complain about how traumatized I...

International Community Gathers for "Uni Haiti" at Upper East Gala

Jim Luce | Posted 01.14.2012 | Impact
Jim Luce

Although 200 guests were expected, 250 arrived to the United Nations's social club Aux Antilles's 21st annual dinner, this year to benefit the Interna...

Haiti: Almost Two Years Later

Jim Luce | Posted 12.18.2011 | Impact
Jim Luce

We are in the game to stay -- and to win. Many NGOs raised millions of dollars for Haiti and have already packed it in. Our Uni Haiti is just beginning.

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 ...

Rotary International Names Dynamic New General Secretary

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jim Luce

There are 1.2 million Rotarians in 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas, and they couldn't have a more capable general secretary than John Hewko.

Japanese Holistic Healer in NYC to Build School for Tibetan Orphans in India

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jim Luce

Manjushree Orphanage, she explained to us, is in the village of Tawang, located at the foot of the Himalayas where there has long been a border dispute between China and India.

NYC Adaptive Design Group for Special Needs Kids Set to Expand Globally

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jim Luce

A friend told me about an organization that helps children with special physical needs "adapt" to ordinary home and classroom situations using "green" technology and, in the process, employing women leaving prison.

Private Initiative Marshall Plan Launches for the New Haiti

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

I have been working in Haiti since Christmas 1999. That New Year's Eve I hired my first staff -- my first local partner -- with a handshake at the Ol...

The Dichotomy of Haiti: Hell Meets, well, Heaven

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jim Luce

There is a fundamental dichotomy in Haiti between Heaven and Hell. I chose to embrace its heaven while trying to eradicate its hell.

Join Us in Integrated Approach to Build The New Haiti

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Léogâne, Haiti. I am perhaps the most excited I have been in my entire life as I prepare to move to Haiti next month. Ten months after the earthqu...

Exhaust the Limits: New Book Speaks to One Man's Successful Mission to Help Humanity

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Although our lives have turned out different, I learned in my friend Charles "Chic" Dambach's exciting new book, Exhaust the Limits, that we have much...

Skype Interview with Josh Silverman on Haiti and Bettering Humanity

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jim Luce

As you probably know, the multilingual, cross-platform Voice over Internet Protocol, instant messaging, and videoconferencing sensation known as Skype...

Overcoming Barriers with Electronic Connectivity

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jim Luce

Where we no longer must allocate the time and resources to go physically to all corners of the earth -- Facebook, Skype, our email takes us there.

Connectivity Is Key To Social Change

Jim Luce | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Luce

In the spring I travelled to Barcelona for the GSM Association's World Congress, with 49,000 participants spread between mobile phone-related 1,300 ve...

One Woman's Mission: Empowering World's Poorest Girls to Transform World

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

I first met Jin In off a snowy sidewalk near Bryant Park in New York City this past winter. She just returned from Nepal, energized. There, she was ...

"Chosen" by Chandra Hoffman -- From Cornell To A Romanian Orphanage

Chandra Hoffman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chandra Hoffman

Like my protagonist, Chloe Pinter, I went into the adoption business with the intention of creating happy endings, magic families, and joy from sorrow.

Orphans International Worldwide Unveils New Website for Sponsoring Kids - Including Haiti

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) unveiled its new website, the third since its founding in 1999. I created the first, which was indeed primitiv...