Tag Archives: Orphans International Worldwide

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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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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Sri Lanka Triumphant At Last

Sri Lanka. The 26-year war against the Tamil Tigers — the so-called Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelamis (LTTE) — is over and Sri Lanka is at last and thankfully at peace. In spite of the slaughter, using their own people as human shields, creating the largest, bloodiest hostage drama of modern times, the Tigers have […]

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Leila Hadley Luce: The Last of the Great Luces?

New York, N.Y. I met Leila Hadley Luce with Hank — known to outsiders as Henry Luce III of Time-Life — in their Sutton Place residence, at a reception they threw for my first national organization, Fundamentalists Anonymous. It was late fall in 1986. They had just married and I did not know what to expect. She […]

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Clean Water for China’s Orphanages

Washington, Seattle. Embracing the simple concept, “every child has a right to clean water,” the Washington State-based non-profit organization A Child’s Right is about to make an enormous announcement: it has received approval and funding for outfitting every single orphanage in China with clean water filtration units. “This means, simply, that every institutionalized orphan in China will have clean […]

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Slumdog: Greater Insult “Slum,” Not “Dog”

Mumbai, India. As founder of Orphans International Worldwide(OIWW), I have walked through the hovels and shanties of Jakarta, Bogota, and Port-au-Prince. Cite Soleil in Haiti is actually far worse than Mumbai’s Dharavi, at least as portrayed in the $100 million (and counting) smash Slumdog Millionaire. Question is this: Is this brilliant film “poverty porn”? Or might it […]

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Reflections on a Two-Year Assignment: Build an NGO in Sri Lanka

Unawatuna, Sri Lanka.  As I prepare to return to the global office in New York, I have been reflecting on my two-year assignment to set up and manage Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) Sri Lanka with local staff. It has been some of the most wonderful experience working closely with the local team members. Even if […]

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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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It’s Life or Death for a Puppy in the Middle East

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