At the end of the day, being alone and isolated is not a viable way to live. Humans are not constructed to be successful without interdependence and independence... not just one or the other.
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I cried with joy for her and those like her who have a permanent family through adoption. And I cried with a deep longing and yearning, for those who have none of this and who deserve it.
The task of reuniting orphans living with HIV with their family was daunting from so many angles. To have their families take them back into their hearts is a gargantuan achievement.
My recollection of Monley, a 6-year-old Haitian boy, is that he was trapped under rubble and curled up inside a metal stand for nine days after the Haiti earthquake.
Making child rights into something that helps the children who need them most means hard, collaborative work by often unlikely partners.
Popular American conceptions about so-called "AIDS orphans" are based largely on well-intentioned but ultimately inaccurate portrayals of children.
The Bulgarian psychologists at Varna had revealed how wonderful and improved the development of the children had been due to services provided starting at six months of age.
Emptying institutions -- although desirable -- cannot happen carelessly and swiftly. It must happen with loving care and strategic planning over a decade.
I am reminded painfully of how children essentially can end up lost in rhetoric and good intentions. Agencies are well-meaning, but slow-moving and bureaucratic.
Over in Uganda, the interconnectedness of children comes into full relief. They're not just getting school supplies, they're learning about what's happening on the other side of the world.
I am aware of how these healthy and proud children are growing up to be outstanding Ethiopian citizens. They need our love and support. It can't be 39 or 39,000 -- it must be all of them.
Yet, in the midst of such poverty, there is hope for orphans. The government, NGOs and other charitable community-based organizations are supporting smart plans to help children in need.
How is it that we still have a world filled with children (18 million double orphans and 413 million in extreme poverty) living in degradation, without dignity and the rights we promise to them daily?
Town Hall at Harvard Law School highlights the intersection of foster care and education.
I ask, "What's AIDS got to do with it?" because the chances of meeting a person with AIDS in Uganda is far greater than meeting someone here in the States.
Small nonprofits can easily go under if funding becomes scarce. And it's hard enough in good times to fundraise. In order for any nonprofit to get your donations, we must gain your trust.
There are as many different kinds of families as there are classrooms of life.
What if children of all ages rose up and marched in unison to their government capitals, demanding their rights -- human rights to a home, a family, education and a childhood?
Education isn't about how much science or math you know, nor is success about grades, diplomas, or moving on to university. The next best step here in Malawi is for youth to learn to love learning.
Orphanages that promise a better life for children may appear attractive to poor families, but there is often no way of knowing whether the children are treated well and given access to health care and education.
I am leaving primary care pediatric medicine to pursue a larger calling, to help a lost generation of children living without families in desperate settings.
When 29-year-old Conor Grennan decided to move home to the United States after eight years in Europe, he opted to take a year-long detour around the w...
Samuel Ghilain's crib sits empty. It has never been used. Now, it's too small for him anyway. His toys sit in the empty nursery still waiting for him to play with them.
Ouch Sok is a lovely man. Thirty-seven years old, dark skin, a few scars, that gaunt look common in people recovering from AIDS.
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