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Notes from the Children

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.14.2014 | 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 04.12.2014 | 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 03.28.2014 | 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 03.25.2014 | 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 03.25.2014 | 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 03.14.2014 | 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 03.06.2014 | 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 03.05.2014 | 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 03.04.2014 | 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.

Eye-opening Insights Into International Adoption, Orphans, Special Needs and "Re-homing"

Adam Pertman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Adam Pertman

More children are remaining in orphanages for longer periods of time, thereby incurring the increased developmental and psychic harm that comes from being institutionalized, while also diminishing their prospects for ever moving into a permanent family.

WATCH: Surprise Reunion At Orphanage In Uganda Will Make You Smile From Ear To Ear

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 10.22.2013 | Good News

Robbie Palmer doesn't have a college degree or a background in nonprofits, but that hasn't stopped the 21-year-old from creating a home and school for...

A Bedtime Promise to Keep

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 12.14.2013 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

We know that the number of children in need in the U.S. is growing, due to the difficult economic conditions many American families face. All children need and deserve to feel safe and loved at all times, but especially at bedtime.

Memories and Their Importance to Attachment and Security: Journals for Orphans

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

I took them out the first week we were in the apartment, and they smiled and started making baby voices. I was so happy to see them enjoy the only real evidence of their past life in their home countries.

Crying Voices of Starving Babies

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

Worldwide Orphans is working hard to understand all that affects at-risk children in the countries where we work. We can't solve all the problems, but we know the issues and we work with other partners to address these issues.

Journal Entry: First Day in Haiti, Port au Prince

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

The vitality of street commerce enticed me to overcome my sadness about the degradation of urban life in Haiti; there is a flourish in the market place and the beauty of those Sunday faces is intoxicating.

United Gala for Orphaned Children in Developing World

Jim Luce | Posted 11.25.2013 | New York
Jim Luce

Orphaned children--especially in poor countries--face daunting odds against succeeding in life. In many countries they have little, if any, opportunit...

Scary Monsters Under the Bed

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Children we meet ask us what pajamas are; I still can't believe it. They shouldn't have to sleep in their clothes for days and nights at a time. There are no soothing story books to help distract them from frightening thoughts before sleep.