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Islands of Safety: Libraries and Books, Part 2, Orphanages

James M. Lynch | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
James M. Lynch

Why you might want do this I don't know, but let's pretend anyway that you're a 3-year-old boy in Mumbai and your parents and sister just died, l...

When It Comes From Your Life

Anita Casalina | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Anita Casalina

I started Billions Rising Foundation to highlight the creative and long-term solutions to poverty that are being generated all over the world. What we...

When One Child Dies, It Matters

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 08.29.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

Ten million children under the age of five die every year. When I started medical school that number was double, and though we have come a long way, this is not good enough.

Put Children and Youth First in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

Protecting and nurturing children is absolutely vital to a more prosperous future and a world free of poverty, violence and inequality. But we can make a difference only when everyone gets involved to support change.

Judith Frank: Choosing Life

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 08.06.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

In All I Love and Know, Judith Frank presents a family that, though scarred and scared, overcomes division and distrust to create their own kind of unity.

Worldwide Orphans: Warriors in the Fight Against Loneliness

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

I don't judge the loneliness of orphans. I understand that their abandonment and hurt inevitably led to loneliness and I am proud of their transparency and vulnerability, actually.

A Profile in Courage: An Orphan Buried Inside Herself

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

Trying hard to write about Haiti, but my feelings about the babies in one orphanage in the mountains of Ayiti have haunted me for over a week. I honestly can't sleep and rest without her in my vision.

A Friendship Close to My Heart

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

On this International Day of Friendship, my thoughts are with my friend Moses and the incredible work he has done over the years to overcome adversity.

Not Our Children, Not Our Problem

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

When we stop behaving like xenophobic, isolationist silos, we might be able to prevent masses of people trying to escape abuse in their communities. We wait for crises to happen. We spend little time and money on prevention and we are in denial about the condition of the human spirit.

Self-care for a Civil Society: Orphans Need to Learn Self-regulation

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 09.13.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

As I look back on all the orphans I have met through my international development work as a pediatrician and adoption medicine specialist, I recognize that the most startling aspect of the orphan is their lack of self-soothing skills.

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 08.24.2014 | 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 08.17.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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 08.02.2014 | 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.