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Want To Save An Orphan's Life? Throw A Dinner Party

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 07.05.2014 | Impact

If someone told you that you could help one of the 153 million orphans in the world by throwing a dinner party for your friends, would you do it? T...

Stories From Congo: A Priest, the Women, and an Orphan

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Lorena Aguilar

I write this blog while I am still in Congo, before my memory loses the smallest of the details. I wish you could smell and feel what I have experienced and witnessed. But my words, I am afraid, are all I can share with you.

Child Welfare Group Issues Report on Impact of Nepal Adoption closure by U.S.

Andrea Poe | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Andrea Poe

Armed with a new study, Both Ends Burning, a nonprofit organization focused on advocating children's right to permanent families, is urging the Department of State to reopen adoptions from Nepal, which have been closed to U.S. citizens since 2010.

One Boy's Dream to be a Soccer Star

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

With the World Cup kicking off this month, I'm reminded of the powerful stories of children who have gained from playing sports. Children like Tiago.

A Fatherless Father's Day

Michelle Hanson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Women
Michelle Hanson

I have passed the rows of Father's Day cards when shopping for weeks now. It's like a knife to my heart every time.

Answering The Cries Of Burma's Children

Laura Tirrell | Posted 06.06.2014 | Impact
Laura Tirrell

The economic state and legacy of military rule in Burma created conditions so oppressive that some Burmese would families leave their infants on the Thai border with the sole hope that they would be saved by a Thai mother.

Orphans Under the Radar

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 06.06.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

There are some things I can't lie about. There is nothing to be done for waiting children in orphanages, unless there is foster care or trained staff who offer enrichment services like the kind WWO provides. There is simply nothing, but injustice in orphanages.

Children in Nigeria Need Our Help

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

Boko Haram's deliberate plan to sow chaos throughout the country has devastated the lives of many Nigerian children. And the destructive extended effect of the tragedy means that its impact will reach far beyond the lives of the kidnapped girls.

How One Woman Helped an Orphan Beat the Odds

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

A day dedicated to mothers is beautiful. And, we need to realize that there are still 17.9 million orphaned and abandoned children who need mothers of their own. These children may never have the opportunity to grow up in a loving, stable home.

17 Plucky Orphans From Literature

Patry Francis | Posted 07.08.2014 | Books
Patry Francis

From fairy tales and comic books, to classic and contemporary novels, the orphan's journey is a compelling and recurring theme in literature. Why are we drawn to them? What do they have to teach us? And what does our endless fascination with them reveal about us?

How The Mindfulness Movement Is Helping Orphaned Girls In Pakistan

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 05.05.2014 | World

As a part of our Third Metric Around the World series, we are looking to other countries to see what they do to optimize their well-being, wisdom and ...

On the Syrian Border, an Orphanage Provides Hope for the Future

Chris Looney | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Chris Looney

"We are going to turn all this into a garden," says Atassi, waving her hand towards the driveway. Looking out over the barren property, it seems like an impossible task. But as we leave, I notice a single red rose blooming among a small patch of weeds.

How to Soothe Our Pain When We Can't Help Who We Want to Help

John M. Simmons | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
John M. Simmons

Marina was seven and Jula was five, like my daughter-to-be. I don't know how old Jenya, Maksím, André, Dasha, Ksenya and Natasha were, but it would...

My Modest Proposal

Jenny Bowen | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Jenny Bowen

There are some things we now understand about human development. Besides the need for food and water and basic shelter, we humans are all the same in one fundamental way: we need to know love and be loved.

Torn Apart by War and Genocide, a Father and Son Reunited

Crystal Wells | Posted 06.05.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

When asked about his childhood, Jean Bosco Ngwabije, 33, remembers two things -- fighting and running.

Why I Need To Help A 'Sister' I Don't Really Know

Sophie Johnson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Teen
Sophie Johnson

Yes, I waited 5.5 years for my mom and dad to come. But eventually, they came. For some kids, they never do.

What Keeps Us Going?

Jenny Bowen | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Jenny Bowen

Right after the Chinese New Year holiday, our Half the Sky training team returned to the Huazhou orphanage to see how things were going in the new children's center.

The Color of Volunteers' Skin Isn't the Problem: It's Their Attitude

Bekka Ross Russell | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Bekka Ross Russell

It's easy for 'voluntourism' to seem like a dirty word, and there is a very fine line between a genuinely helpful and mutually beneficial experience and one that, at best, has little to no impact.

A Roof of One's Own

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

For too many families all over the world, these basic necessities cannot be met. And when parents can't provide the basics--including medical care, water, shelter and food-- their children are at increased risk of abandonment.

Caring From the Bottom of the Heart

Jenny Bowen | Posted 05.25.2014 | Impact
Jenny Bowen

A new preschool teacher said, "I think the children here have lacked love for a long time."

Teenage Orphan Whose Story Went Viral Is Still Waiting For His Happy Ending

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents

The teenage orphan whose heart-wrenching plea for a family made headlines last year is still waiting for his happy ending. The story of Davion Onl...

The Sisyphean Task of Building Families

Bekka Ross Russell | Posted 05.21.2014 | Impact
Bekka Ross Russell

In early 2011, I visited the most amazing place -- a children's village in Karatu, a remote area of Tanzania, where orphaned children were living, lau...

The Small Miracle of a Smile

Jenny Bowen | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact
Jenny Bowen

Even before the 10-day introductory training at Huazhou is over, small miracles begin to occur -- especially among the newest participants in Half the Sky's Infant Nurture Program.

Holi: A Time for New Beginnings at SOS Children's Villages

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

Holi, the joyous spring festival of colors in Hinduism, is quickly approaching. In Hindu tradition, people of all ages celebrate Holi by covering each...

Are There Any Traditional Orphanages in the US?

Quora | Posted 05.13.2014 | Impact

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Paul deHolczer, reader, traveler, observer, attorney, student Yes, there are.  I spent ...