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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). ...

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...

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.

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 world...to 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.