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Essay: The Worst Orphanage I Have Witnessed

Jacmel, Haiti.  Two nuns greeted us. They were old and tired, and seemed quite bitter. They welcomed us into the home, which had a porch wrapping around a central room. The porch was dark, dank, and full of rusty bunk beds with no mattresses. The nuns explained that the children wet the beds so frequently […]

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Embracing Family Care For Orphans

New York, N.Y.  Ten years ago I envisioned helping orphans in the developing world by building small homes and hiring houseparents. It seemed obvious that the key to proper care for orphaned children was a strong substitute family. So I put my money where my mouth was and founded Orphans International (OI). I’ve learned since then that […]

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Mother Teresa’s Home for Children in Jacmel, Haiti

Jacmel, Haiti.  My internal warning alarm was going off. “Shouldn’t I wear a mask or something?” I asked myself. I had been trained at Bellevue Hospital in New York as a volunteer to visit patients with AIDS and I knew that when a patient was highly contagious, the volunteers were supposed to wear masks and […]

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Italy Hosts Child Soldiers Symposium with U.N.

New York, N.Y.  The obscene issue of child soldiers is being discussed this week at an international symposium in Rome.  The Italian government is hosting this important symposium, “Children and Young People Affected by Armed Conflict: Learn, Understand, Act.”  This meeting is in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of […]

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Children’s Rights: Protecting Foster Care in the U.S.

New York, N.Y.  One problem with the crisis that is foster care in America is that the challenges are usually so horrific most Americans cannot bear to look at it – and thus typically do not respond. America’s various child welfare systems are so large and complex — and often so out of control — […]

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After the Tsunami: Campus of Orphans International Sumatera

The business and entertainment communities of Puerto Rico have lent enormous support for the creation of Puerto Rico House. Puerto Rican culture is wonderfully vibrant, with unique characteristics that distinguish it from any other. Orphans International Worldwide expects that Puerto Rico House will serve not only as a shelter to Tsunami orphans, but also as […]

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Orphans International Worldwide: Our First Teenager – Bahrizal

Orphans International Family Milestone Orphans International Sumatera in Indonesia celebrated Bahrizal’s birthday in February 2006. He turned 13, making him the first teenager in it’s care. “We brought him a cake and gift and everyone celebrated, kids and houseparents. Bahrizal lives at OI Sumatera in Aceh, Indonesia, having survived the Tsunami of December 2004, in […]

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CharityHelp: An Electronic Bridge to Kids in Need

New York, N.Y.  CharityHelp International (CHI) is using the power of communication technologies and the Internet to assist individuals and organizations in the most challenging of developing nations.  Like Afghanistan. “By combining several available technologies and services such as mobile data communications, mobile banking, and others with ‘tele-mentoring,’ CHI is creating a self-reinforcing process that can […]

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