Tag Archives: Dominican Republic

United Gala for Orphaned Children in Developing World

New York, N.Y.  Orphaned children–especially in poor countries–face daunting odds against succeeding in life. In many countries they have little, if any, opportunity to obtain an education or training that would enable them to become independent, contributing members of their society. Many organizations work to offer hope. This fall, two groups are collaborating for the […]

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Orphaned Starfish Foundation – Saving Orphans+ One Child at a Time

By Noriella Santos, edited by Jim Luce. New York, N.Y.  “I want to be a lawyer.  I want to give a voice to my brothers and sisters here at the orphanage who have no voice.  I love them all.”  Said an abandoned girl living in an orphanage in the Dominican Republic told the team from the […]

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Lauri Grossman: On Being Human, Becoming Whole

New York N.Y. Shortly after the catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, Dr. Lauri Grossman, a New York City-based homeopath flew into Port-au-Prince with a team from Homeopaths Without Borders.  Together with other nurses and doctors she wished to bring healing and comfort to the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by the earth’s tremor. […]

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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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Latino College Students Fund Haitian High School Graduates to Prepare for Chinese University

Hicksville, L.I. Having just returned from an eight-day post-disaster relief trip to Haiti, I was delighted to be invited to an earthquake benefit dinner at C.W. Post on Long Island to discuss what I had learned. The Latin-American Women’s Society of the university was hosting the event, and its president Diana Gutierrez had reached out to […]

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El Museo del Barrio: Fifth Avenue on Fire

New York, N.Y.  Forty years ago, El Museo del Barrio was a dream contained in a single classroom so far north that “sophisticated” Manhattanites would not visit there after dark.  It was founded in 1969 by artist and educator Raphael Montañez Ortiz and a coalition of parents, educators, artists, and activists who noted that mainstream museums largely […]

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Annabella Gonzalez Dance Troupe Presents Spring Series “Juntos”

New York, N.Y.  The latest offering from the Annabella Gonzalez Dance Troup (AGDT), Juntos (‘United’), was triumphant. I was particularly impressed with the strength of the troupe’s male performers.  Showcased in the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, the troupe has matured over the years, and their spring showcase proved this to the world.  Despite a rainy weekend, the […]

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Bill Clinton: Elder Statesman to the World

New York, N.Y. I first met Bill and Hillary Clinton at the New York Hilton when Bill was running for president for the first time in 1992.  I liked him but I was more impressed with her.  He went on to be president, and she overcame charges of carpet-bagging to become New York’s senator. I […]

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Sabbe Sañkhara Aniccã: All Conditioned Things Are Impermanent

Dharamshala for Americans: His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Hometown

Simple: Whatever Faith Tradition, It’s All About Kindness

In Himalayas: Once Greater Tibet, Now Tragically Divided

Himalayas: From India/Pakistan to Bhutan & Nepal + Chinese Tibet

History from Time: How and Why the Dalai Lama Left Tibet