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Fonkoze Helps Rebuild Haiti through Microfinance Following Earthquake

On January 25, days after the earthquake, Fonkoze was serving its clients in Haiti. In the wake of the earthquake on January 12, Fonkoze was the only financial institution in Haiti able to stay open for customers making withdrawals and receiving money transfers, but within days Fonkoze grew short of cash. Unable to access its […]

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Introduction to mFinance: Cell Phone Banking

New York, N.Y.  Growing up in Ohio as a young teen, I would take my savings account passbook to the bank and deposit my earnings from snow shoveling or grass mowing.  When I moved to New York City in the 1980’s, bank tellers still stood behind bullet-proof windows, but soon ATMs became as ubiquitous as […]

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Mu Sochua Speaks on Lack of Human Rights at Home

New York, N.Y.  Jean-Michel Tijerina, CEO and Founder of theCambodia Project, insisted I must meet her.  After an hour over coffee, I fully comprehended why.  I was talking to the Cory Aquino or the Aung San Suu Kyi – of Cambodia.  And given her courageous outspokenness, I am now very concerned for her safety. Cambodian Parliament Member Mu Sochua (Wiki) is […]

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Chinese Media Students Interview Rep. Carolyn Maloney

By Yanning Cui, Edited by Jim Luce Queens, N.Y.  On an afternoon in February, I accompanied the Chinese Young Press Corps and came to Opa! Greek Restaurant to interview U.S. Congressmember Carolyn B. Maloney.  I was surprised but at the same time pleased to meet Congressmember Maloney for the first time.  She was rather friendly, not as serious-looking […]

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U.N. Blue Helmets from Sri Lanka Come to Our Assistance in Haiti

Leogane, Haiti.  Another early day here in Leogane, Haiti — epicenter of the earthquake — for our international NGO post-disaster relief team.  I brief the team over breakfast at 7am and by 8am we are at the U.N. Coordinating Committee compound to continue our introduction to them. Known as “OCHA,” this U.N. branch is connecting the […]

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Greek-American Vicky Tzolis Helps Both Women’s Empowerment & Mentally Ill on Long Island

New York, N.Y.  Loula Loi Alafoyiannis introduced me to Vicky Tzolis in Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney’s living room.  So I figured she must be someone interesting.  I did what any good writer does: I interviewed her on the spot. Vicky was very interesting.  A well-connected Greek-American, Vicky lives on Long island where she volunteers to help both […]

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My First HuffPo Piece: Orphans International Worldwide

It has been a banner week in my life. Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary hosted a benefit for Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW), the U.N.-accredited organization I founded six years ago. Then, I was lauded by Congress as an “extraordinarily effective humanitarian, activist, and philanthropist.” Plus, on Nov. 12th my first article for the […]

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Orphans International Movement to Help Kids Around the World

New York, N.Y.  When I founded Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) in 1999, I had no idea it would grow into an international movement.  A Google search today reveals 31,000 mentions of “Orphans International” on the Internet. In 1999 there was none.  Like Alcoholics Anonymous, the idea caught fire. Today, there are over 100 “Orphans International” […]

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Avadora Mimouni’s “Models of Philanthropy” Celebrate Timeless Beauty

Guardians of Rescue Helps Save Hundreds of Abandoned Dogs in the Bahamas

Why More Football Fans are Opting for Craft Beer During the Games

Meet Elite Learners: A Small Nonprofit with a Big Impact

Teachers Get in Free During Teacher Wonder Days at WonderWorks Orlando

WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge Unveils New Origami Exhibit with STEM Focus