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Voluntourism Harms, Not Helps, The World's Orphanage Children

Georgette Mulheir | Posted 08.23.2016 | World
Georgette Mulheir

Sadly, despite their good intentions, volunteers at orphanages are unwittingly supporting the terrible harm that institutions afflict on children in their care.

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...

Orphanage Volunteering's Shocking Link to Child Abuse

Pippa Biddle | Posted 05.18.2016 | Impact
Pippa Biddle

I never thought that playing catch with a kid could be a bad thing, or that goofing off could contribute to long-term psychological damage. Even now, ...

Orphanages that hate orphanages

Bekka Ross Russell | Posted 05.09.2016 | Impact
Bekka Ross Russell

I founded and run an organization that includes an orphanage, and I hate orphanages. Just one of the many mind-bending situations you find yourself in when working in community development, halfway around the world.

How Kehlani's Suicide Attempt and Subsequent Backlash Helps to Bring Awareness to Mental Health

Mocha Carter | Posted 04.27.2016 | Black Voices
Mocha Carter

Kehlani, know that you are a beautiful girl with so much life ahead of you. Know that you are loved and deserving of all of life's blessings. Know that your mom's choices are her own and with or without her you have the ability and the tools to be as amazing as you see fit.

Top Six (of Many!) Reasons You Will Love Sponsoring a Child

Bekka Ross Russell | Posted 04.20.2016 | Good News
Bekka Ross Russell

It's not just the kids who benefit from your generosity. Sponsorship raises leaders and helps families and communities, ensuring that the positive effects of your donation continue for many years to come.

The Day I Gained a Husband But Didn't Know I Was Also Losing My Mother

Stephanie Molina Ceccarelli | Posted 04.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Molina Ceccarelli

I'd planned to tell Mom how much I loved her, but it was too late. I swallowed the lump in my throat and instead all I could hear myself say was, "Mom, I can't look at you, because if I do I know I'll lose it." We took one step, then another, and walked what I didn't know would be the last walk we'd ever share again. And just like that, she gave me away.

NGOs Ramp up Push for Better UN Data

Georgette Mulheir | Posted 04.01.2016 | World
Georgette Mulheir

Desperately poor and bereft at the death of his wife, Daniel's father made the only choice he could for his six-year-old son. But Daniel, afraid and hungry - and even lonelier than when his mother died - hated the orphanage from the first frightening night he cried himself to sleep.

Letter to supporters for WWO events

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 03.10.2016 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

Dear WWO supporter, WWO has moved to its next chapter in a wonderful 19 year history of growth and enlightenment for extremely poor children living i...

Recipe for Fighting Malnutrition: One Pot, One Hour, Four Colors

Andy Bryant | Posted 03.08.2016 | Impact
Andy Bryant

This is a guest post by Rémy Nsengiyumva, Health Technical Advisor of FVS-AMADE. Photo credit: FVS-AMADE Did you know that 58% of children under a...

The Orphans We Are Left With

Crystal Wells | Posted 02.29.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

When government health worker Brima Kamara arrived in Pate-Bana, a small town of some 2,000 souls in north-central Sierra Leone, it was eerily quiet, the sun-baked, red dirt streets empty.

Ba Vi, Vietnam Orphanage: Unconditional Love Arrives Once Again!

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 02.29.2016 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

February 29, 2016 My cousins David Ogrin and Vicki Cherkas have fascinating careers and love to travel. David is a lyricist/composer and musician and...

Here's Who's Helping Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram Rebuild Lives

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.10.2016 | Impact

When kidnapped women are rescued by the Nigerian military from Boko Haram, it is far from the end of their struggles. A report from UNICEF and Interna...

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.

Vietnam: Returning to a Country I Have Loved Since I Was 16 Years Old

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 02.18.2016 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

Maybe you don't know this about me, but I was against the Vietnam War when I was a teenage girl living in Franklin Square, Long Island. Political activities in high school were a given for me from the time I entered the 7th grade in 1963, but that political activity was about running for class officer, magazine drives, the prom, dances, plays, and advocacy for the maintenance of the candy stand and making sure that all seniors had a Snoopy, the Class of 1969 mascot.

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.

To Congo, With Love: Send Us Your Lullabies

Sabra Gertsch | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Sabra Gertsch

In the middle of the crisis, Krysta Strasbaugh sees the banana trees. Their flat, broad leaves flutter like flags of truce above the barbed wire over the protective wall.

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."

A Duty to Help One Another

Andy Bryant | Posted 01.11.2016 | Impact
Andy Bryant

As you meander through the hills of the Kanungu District, amid the dusty roads dotted with potholes, you can't believe that someone would have thought to lift up the health and social well-being of this remote community. HIV/AIDS has ravaged families here, and vulnerable children go without many basic human needs.

What 'Harry Potter' Taught Me About Trauma

The Establishment | Posted 01.09.2016 | Books
The Establishment

I not only didn't have to follow a template or measurement of my brain's responses in comparison to the people (Muggles) around me, I also got to satisfy the child-like part of myself that was raised to believe that parentless people (or kids with serious PTSD) could be heroic.

Fund Launch for Kids in Greece Characterized by Ancient Hellenic Ideals

Jim Luce | Posted 12.21.2015 | New York
Jim Luce

The recent launch of the J. Luce Foundation's Hellenic Fund to support children in Greece -- whether economically distressed, orphaned, or refugee -- was an enormous success. Held at an elegant Upper East Side Greek restaurant, the event gathered over sixty people of goodwill who care about children, any children, who suffer in Greece.

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...

Millions of Children Survived the Iraq War and ISIS. How Will They Survive What's Next?

Lia Taylor Schwartz | Posted 12.02.2015 | World
Lia Taylor Schwartz

We were in a government-run orphanage in the center of Baghdad, looking into the faces of some of the 1 million war orphans that Iraq is struggling to save amid chaos and destruction. Chaos and destruction that we, Americans, helped create. Orphans that we helped create.

Tias Arms: Making a Difference in South Africa

Margaret Moodian | Posted 11.03.2015 | World
Margaret Moodian

The most prevalent concentration of individuals living with HIV in the world is in South Africa, according to the Current HIV/AIDS Reports. These reports state that, of all the people worldwide who have HIV, almost one fifth of them, or 6.4 million, live in South Africa.

So Many in Need, It's Hopeless? Quandary of Assisting Youth in Greece

Jim Luce | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Jim Luce

The needs of children and young adults in Greece are enormous. The problems there are so insurmountable that the Greek government alone cannot solve t...