Gay Indian Prince Recognized for Charity in NYC’s Webster Hall in 2010

New York, N.Y. Following the earthquake that ravaged Haiti in 2010, where Orphans International Worldwide (OIW) had already been on the ground for ten years, we presented Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of the Royal House of Rajpipla, India our 2010 Global Citizenship Award for Leadership In Helping Humanity.


Video presentation from Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of the Royal House
of Rajpipla, India, accepting our
2010 Global Citizenship Award for
Leadership In Helping Humanity. Youtube: The Stewardship Report.

India’s only openly gay prince announced plans this week to open up his ancestral palace to Indians who have been ostracized for their sexuality or gender identity. The prince says his center will help provide vulnerable LGBTQ people with the security that typically comes from one’s family.

delhi-festival-india-1875938The Delhi, India Pride Parade reflects the growing acceptance of LGBTQ rights
in India, but too many are still marginalized. Photo by Sachin Bharti from Pexels.

Only six weeks after the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2001, Orphans International launched its relief campaign for post-earthquake Haiti at historic Webster Hall in New York City. WCBS TV anchor Cindy Hsu served as Masters of Ceremony.


J. Alexander, Fashion Expert, America’s Next Top Model.
Youtube: The Stewardship Report.

At the benefit gala, Orphans International presented its Distinguished Global Citizenship Awards.

Musicians at the performance included singer-activist Peter Yarrow, a member of our Global Advisory Board, who sang with his daughter Bethany and her musical partner Rufus Cappadocia, accompanied by master Haitian drummer Bonga Jean-Baptiste.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Kuriansky’s video made just a week before in devastated Haiti showed the healing touch of compassion. Dr. Judy asks for One Minute of Silence to reflect on Haiti. A photomontage on Haiti by acclaimed photographer Gary Fabiano looped through the venue throughout the evening.


H.E. Giulio Terzi, past Italian Ambassador to the United States.
Youtube: The Stewardship Report.

Those thought leaders accepting the Orphans International Distinguished Global Citizenship Awards included:

  • U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Upper East Side, NYC
  • Hon. Dionysia-Theodora Avgerinopoulou, Member of the Hellenic Parliament
  • Hon. Palitha Kohona, Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Ms. Charlotte Brandin, Executive Director, World Childhood Foundation
  • Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Columbia University Teachers College


Emmanuel Jal, singer, founder of Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers.
Youtube: The Stewardship Report.

I was pleased to read to the audience letters of support from both Princess Margarita of Romania and the Hon. Sichan Siv, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Mr. Chaim Haas of Skype announced Skype’s cooperation with Orphans International in Haiti.

Videos of those unable to accept their Orphans International Distinguished Global Citizenship Awards in person were shown on the big screen. Those accepting electronically included

  • Mr. J. Alexander, Fashion Expert, America’s Next Top Model
  • Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, Royal House of Rajpipla, India
  • H.E. Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata, Italian Ambassador to the United States
  • Mr. Emmanuel Jal, singer, founder of Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers


Finally, Cindy Hsu introduced the delegation from China, including Yizhou Lu,
a Beijing University student who contributed ten tents for OIWW-Haiti relief
in Léogâne. Youtube: The Stewardship Report.

Chicago high school student Jesse Pollans, president of his class, who organized a relief supplies drive for Haiti, also attended the benefit in New York with his parents. Today, Jesse is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and a Board member of the J. Luce Foundation.

Orphans International Worldwide and The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation, both incorporated in New York State and designated as charities under the U.S. Internal Revenue Service code 501(c)3, were founded by Jim Luce, in 2000 and 2010, respectively.

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Jim Luce (www.lucefoundation.org) writes and speaks on Thought Leaders and Global Citizens. Bringing 26 years management experience within both investment banking and the non-profit sector, Jim has worked for Daiwa Bank, Merrill Lynch, a spin-off of Lazard Freres, and two not-for profit organizations and a foundation he founded. As Founder & CEO of Orphans International Worldwide (www.oiww.org), he is working with a strong network of committed professionals to build interfaith, interracial, Internet-connected orphanages in Haiti and Indonesia, and creating a new, family-care model for orphans in Sri Lanka and Tanzania.

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