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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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Orphan Doctor Dedicated to Future Thought Leaders

New York, N.Y.  In 1995 I visited an orphanage in Indonesia and was so moved by the need to provide better care for orphans in the developing world that I went on to found Orphans International Worldwide(OIWW). I also brought home a ten-month old son, Mathew James. I did not know then that a parallel effort […]

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Orphans International Worldwide Opens Doors in Haiti

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Jacmel, Haiti.  We had a neighborhood educational program in place known as Amis d’Orphans International (Friends of Orphans International) with an educational room set up with cut-outs and handmade posters. This program was run by Jacques Africot and served about 50 economically disadvantaged children living in the vicinity of our home in Jacmel. On one […]

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Ending Orphanages Globally

New York, N.Y. The mission of Orphans International Worldwide, which began as “Raising Global Citizens,” has now expanded. Today our mission statement has evolved through ten years of experience coupled with a continued vision into “Ending Orphanages Globally.” An ambitious goal. This was my announcement at the Orphans International Worldwide Congress IV held at N.Y.U. […]

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Interview with a Tsunami Orphan – The Story of Fandi

Banda Aceh, Indonesia.  Fandi, his parents, his sister, and his two brothers tried to outrun the wave, but all but he and his sister were washed away. Fandi was carried three miles by the wave, was deposited on a mountaintop to be discovered two days later, at which point he was rescued and placed in […]

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New York Times Essay: First One Orphan, Then Many More

New York, N.Y.  The United States has plenty of affluent do-gooders who are taken with the idea that with their experience and creativity they could harness expertise and money to better the lives of people in the developing world. . I know now, seven years after founding my own global charitable organization, that this is […]

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Orphans International Worldwide 6th Annual Benefit with Peter Yarrow

New York, N.Y.  Peter was everything we had hoped for and more. I was honored to receive U.S. Congressional recognition initiated by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, and Peter was delighted with his letter of support from Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Peter auctioned off the autographed Peter, Paul & Mary guitars donated by Martin Guitars, and the […]

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