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Joe and the Orphans in Our World

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 09.28.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

On a recent Sunday afternoon, I attended a birthday party for a one year old boy named Joseph. Some of us call him Joe or Joey, but because one of hi...

Case Story: Sweet Boy Living With HIV Returns to His Birth Family

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 09.10.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

By Dr. Sophie Mengistu Country Director, WWO Ethiopia Worldwide Orphans (WWO) has been providing shelter, food, education, health care and other ps...

Using Art to Rebuild Home for Former Street Kids in Nepal

Juliet Linley | Posted 09.04.2015 | Impact
Juliet Linley

Nepal Day is approaching fast at the after-school art and creativity center aptly named Press Play in the Dutch city of Haarlem. And a dozen kids are eagerly creating their own miniature construction projects of a home far away, yet close to their 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.

I Want Mama

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 08.31.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

You are in pain and you do feel deep loss, but it goes under and is hidden and not accessible when it is not answered or comforted. You become depressed. Social skills and development become delayed and hope is hard to keep. Resiliency exists, but we can't rely on it alone.

Former Buddhist Monk Runs A Home For Dozens Of Abandoned Children

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.17.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Imagine the Dalai Lama hand-picking you to teach Buddhism in Boston. Then imagine turning your back on that to open an understaffed, underfunde...

Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Event and The Power of Imagination

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 08.11.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

What better gift could we give to poor children who live in challenging settings all over the be in the moment perfectly free and without anxiety...laughing and creating from within their minds and souls, and being purely original and unique.

Small Nonprofits, Big Nonprofits: The Where to Give Dilemma

Melissa Kushner | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Melissa Kushner

According to Giving USA, donations reached nearly $360 billion in 2014, the highest amount since the 2007 recession. With text to donate, high-profile endorsements, and online crowdfunding, it's never been easier for individuals to choose and contribute to a cause.

What Happens When We Put Empathy Into Practice?

Catherine Nagle | Posted 07.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

'It's Because You Left Me ... ' When Trocme was 10 years old, he was in a car accident. His father drove too fast, the car spun ...

Germany, Greece and the New World Order

Thea Halo | Posted 07.21.2015 | World
Thea Halo

Germany's disregard for Greek lives didn't begin during WWII. It can also be traced back to WWI. For Germany, any policy that advanced its economic or commercial interests, no matter how horrendous and inhumane was and, apparently, still is acceptable.

One of Many Sitting and Waiting: An Orphan Ready for Adoption

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 07.10.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

What will become of this sweet, now very depressed toddler who is waiting to be adopted for at least two years? Her papers are sitting on a desk. All the i's are dotted and the t's crossed. We can't imagine why there is no final action for this lovely and sweet child who needs medical care to save her vision and the love of her parents who have waited patiently for over two years for this adoption to be final.

WWO and Its Teaching: Revolution for Teachers and Staff Around the World

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

I recently met with the teachers at Toy Library in Kenscoff and then later I met with the senior leadership team that manages and supervises all of our Haiti programs. What a day of inspiration!

At War with the Suffering of Children

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

I am here with four 17-year-old young men who have joined the Worldwide Orphans' Orphan Ranger corps. These boys are sweet and open to life. They are caring and loving to the Haitian kids in Kenscoff where Worldwide Orphans has been working since the earthquake.

A Tribute to a Father

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 06.21.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

I wish that I had listened to my father more. I wish I let things that hurt roll off my back more and trusted that being natural and myself was safe. He advised me to pursue so many goals for myself and I didn't listen because I did not believe in myself. He wanted me to trust myself and I fought him on this.

Ukraine Orphanages Feeder for Child Trafficking

Laurie Ahern | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Laurie Ahern

Governments, faith-based groups and churches, aid agencies and volunteer tourists, who donate cash and goods to orphanages or build and refurbish children's homes and other institutions, may be inadvertently funding human trafficking.

Keeping Orphans Out of Slavery

Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD | Posted 05.22.2015 | Religion
Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD

When I was in Asia in April, I was inspired to start an educational foundation. I founded a school in Nepal 25 years ago, the Trungram International Academy, which teaches over 400 students a year, and I wanted to extend that opportunity to more children.

Foster Care Youth: We Are Everyone & No One's Responsibility

Lisa Marie Basile | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Lisa Marie Basile

May is Foster Care Awareness Month, so it seems a fitting time to admit that I, too, am a foster youth survivor. I entered into the system in my early teens and aged out, and I say 'survivor' because it feels like a war.

Meet a Feminist Hero at the Heart of the Ebola Crisis

Sarah Beauchamp | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Sarah Beauchamp

Body Team 12, one of the many body teams working to collect victims in Liberia during the Ebola crisis, stands several feet away. Only one member approaches at first, Garmai Sumo, the only female member of the team.

The Community Roots of Mother's Day

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

All of these moms have taught us, regardless of the obstacle -- be it extreme poverty, gang violence, managing children with special needs or even living in a refugee camp -- that there is nothing that a mom can't do when it comes to nurturing her community.

Ten Reasons Why Obama Should Travel to Armenia on April 24

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.30.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan has invited several world leaders to Yerevan on April 24 to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Here are 10 reasons why Air Force One should make an auspicious landing in Yerevan's Zvartnots International Airport on April 24.

Every City Should Have a Baby Drop Box -- Love, An Adoptee

Madeleine Melcher | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Madeleine Melcher

I know it hurts your heart to believe it, but mothers do leave their babies. I am glad I was left somewhere safe. Can't we provide that option for all children? Don't we owe it to these tiny people who cannot do for themselves? If it only saved one life, wouldn't it be worth it?

A Commitment to Children in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 04.16.2015 | World
John Feffer

They are called the decret generation. During the Communist era in Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu issued Decree 770 in 1967 making abortion and contraception illegal except under certain circumstances. The Communist leader wanted to radically increase the population of the country.

Malawi Floods and the Problem of Zero

Melissa Kushner | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
Melissa Kushner

Over the last few weeks, intense rains from Cyclone Bansi brought floods to the small Southern African country of Malawi. For a country whose rainy season spans five long months, these rains are not new.

How we See Ourselves in Afghanistan

Mina Sharif | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Mina Sharif

What children in places like Afghanistan show us is so different from what we as adults show them. When they are exposed to media they hear about the political shortcomings and violence. When they see themselves, the reflection is refugee camps with sad faces and poverty.

5 Questions Adoptees Are Tired Of Being Asked

Mei Webb | Posted 03.07.2015 | Teen
Mei Webb

As an adopted teenager, I think there is a fine line between being curious and being nosey, especially when it comes to personal issues such as adoption.