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Balinese Natural Birthing Center Threatened by Global Downturn

Denpasar, Indonesia. Mid-wife and clinic founder Robin Lim is a legend in the world of women’s maternity health. I have heard of her from Port-au-Prince in Haiti to New-York to Denpasar. Recently I received a note that her natural birthing clinic in Bali known as Bumi Sehat (“healthy mother earth”) is in desperate need of operating funds. […]

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Indonesian Orphaned Children Grow – and Go Mainstream

Manado, Indonesia. In 2001 Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) built its first full-care project in Indonesia, outside Manado in predominantly Christian North Sulawesi. Over the next decade OIWW would build a short-term, full-care project in predominantly Hindu Bali and a three-year full-care program after the Tsunami in predominantly Muslim Aceh. The capital city of Manado is […]

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Failed States: Index Quantifies that Feeling in My Gut

United Nations, N.Y. What is a failed state?  Building orphanages and orphan care programs around the world, I have dealt in terrible conditions, where the government — and even people — have been broken.  Aceh and Sri Lanka after the Tsunami, and Haiti after Hurricane Jeanne and the recent earthquake to name only a few.  […]

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Live Report: Cement Dust Coats All of Haiti, as 9/11 Dust Coated New York

Leogane, Haiti. It is 5pm on our first full day in Haiti.  Our relief team has achieved much, but we woke up — as most Haitians do — at 5am to make it all happen.  We arrived last night in Leogane, having first flown into Port-au-Prince in the mid-afternoon. This is my twentieth trip to […]

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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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HuffPo Interview with Red Cross Secretary General in Geneva

New York, N.Y.  Having witnessed the incredible work of the Red Cross in Aceh, Indonesia following the Tsunami of 2004 — and seeing for the first time Red Crescents in action — I have always dreamed to meet those responsible for coordinating the largest humanitarian response in human history. I recently interviewed is one of […]

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Secularism: Surprisingly More Popular in Turkey than in U.S.

New York, N.Y. Recently the Turkish Cultural Center in New York held a panel discussion on whether coexistence is possible between religious and secular forces in the Muslim world. What surprised this writer was data collected from a new Gallup Poll suggests that secularism is more popular in Islamic-majority Turkey than Christian-majority America. I was also startled […]

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