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What Do the Children Need?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

We are getting a crystal clear understanding of the world these children live in. We're asking two key questions -- and the answers are providing insights that are more profound than we imagined.

Seeing Our Way to Foster Care Solutions

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Day by day they are working to shed light on the issues and problems they see, and they are paving the way for families to heal and re-start their lives. Let's not be blinded by the maze of blame.

A Home Run in the Midst of the World Cup!

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.26.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

We are in the midst of World Cup soccer play, but this week has been a HOME-RUN for those of us in the early-learning literacy arena. On Tuesday, June...

Teaching Teens Money

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Don't you just love these Spring days? We might just get a Spring in NYC after all - and we feel like we certainly deserve it after the winter we endu...

Three Dreams

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

I have come to realize there are 3 dreams wrapped up in Pajama Program #1 The children's dreams. If they are afraid, they want to feel protected 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...

Faith in Action: Spending Holy Week at Zanmi Beni Haitian Children's Home

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Kerry Kennedy

Children, women and a scattering of men, who have endured unspeakable violence and anguish, loss and horror, agony -- biblical in force and nature -- and have responded with unbounded love. Redemption. Resurrection. Faith. I leave Haiti with these gifts in abundance.

Notes from the Children

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.14.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

The "Kid Blog" on our Pajama Program website is full of sweet and tender notes and drawings from children who receive our pajamas and books. On a dail...

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.

Where Is Shana?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

So often I find myself wondering about children who were once regulars with us at Pajama Program. Last night while chatting with my husband about the...

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."

10 Trips That Will Make You a Better Person

SmarterTravel | Posted 05.25.2014 | Travel
SmarterTravel

These 10 trips -- from volunteering in an orphanage in Cambodia to learning environmental stewardship on an organic farm in Scotland -- will enlarge your heart, help you live more mindfully, and inspire a better version of you to emerge.

Are There Any Traditional Orphanages in the US?

Quora | Posted 05.13.2014 | Impact
Quora

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

Making Change for Orphans With Special Needs

Jenny Bowen | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Jenny Bowen

Director Li passed among the cribs, and as she explained the special care needed for each, she comforted the babies, held them, made small improvements before moving on.

Yes, I Want to Take Them All Home

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Over my 12 year journey growing Pajama Program and getting to know the children we serve, many of my friends and volunteers have asked, "How do you...

Half the Sky: Moving Mountains

Jenny Bowen | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Jenny Bowen

Those of us still working to bring loving care to China's orphans know we've only just completed the first leg of a very long march.

Point to Yourself

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Somebody asked me for advice the other day. I told her if I had one word for her, or anyone, about leading a fulfilling life, I would say "Give."

Friends in Cold Times

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 03.29.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

When we are hit with snowstorms or worse, many of us have friends we can turn to, places to stay for a while. So many families don't have this support, these types of friends. They're all in the same boat. Their children are huddled together.

January -- March, Let the Holidays Last for the Children!

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Christmas is coming! New Year's is almost here! The season has come and gone so fast! All true... but we know that for tens of thousands of children ...

Finding My Purpose in a Pair of Pajamas

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Just as important as finding your purpose is where it leads you, who it touches, what it changes, and the larger effect it has on the greater good. Sometimes your purpose leads you to a place you could never imagine -- case in point -- pajamas.

Age Is Not an Obstacle in Changing the World

Morgan Wienberg | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Morgan Wienberg

Will there be obstacles as you strive to make a difference? Absolutely. The greatest obstacle will be the temptation to give up: that easy option of living an isolated life amidst a world of suffering.

Mommy, I Promise We Will Never Be Hungry Again!

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

Yes, the phenomenon of malnutrition has become a reality in Greece ever since the beginning of the debt crisis in 2010, forcing a growing number of organizations and individuals into a daily fight to feed the hungry.

Fighting for Every Child's Right to a Family

Craig Juntunen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Craig Juntunen

We can replace apathy with action by forming a loud and provocative voice for the millions of children languishing in orphanages. We can overcome the bureaucracies and political agendas that condemn bright kids to a highly compromised future.

Pajamas to Comfort Body and Soul

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 12.30.2013 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

As I gave out pajamas every day, I was continually enlightened by the reaction from moms and dads who were donating to Pajama Program and from the women and men who were caring for children receiving our pajamas.