Tag Archives: Sri Lanka

From Challenge Grants to P.R.: Many Facets of J. Luce Foundation

New York, N.Y.  When my mother passed away in 2001, I was inspired to create Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) that went on to help vulnerable children in Africa, Asia and the Americas. My father’s death in 2007 provided the impetus to create a foundation embracing arts, education and orphan care with an emphasis on supporting young global […]

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Spring into Action this Season with the J. Luce Foundation!

New York, N.Y. Spring 2016 is going to be the most exciting season the J. Luce Foundation has experienced since its inception. There are so many ways that you can get involved and help better humanity! It began in 1998 with Orphans International Worldwide, and was joined in 2008 by the J. Luce Foundation. The Stewardship […]

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Sixteenth Annual Leadership Awards Reception Rocks New York

New York, N.Y. What an absolutely amazing event last week! The breadth of our activities over the last sixteen years blew me away. Our St. John’s University event, featuring our new Funds, Fellows and our upcoming Luce Leadership Experience – Hellas, was even more amazing because of the multitude of people involved in making the […]

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Ban Congratulates Sri Lanka on 1st Anniversary Political Transition

New York, N.Y. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the President of Sri Lanka, the Government and its citizens on the first year of the country’s political transition. A statement issued by Mr. Ban’s Spokesperson said he is “encouraged by the Government’s commitment to a broad reform agenda that aims to realise durable peace, […]

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2007: Orphans Around World Look up to Silicon Valley Prodigy as Hero

In 2007, Jim Luce added added Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of the social-networking site facebook.com, to the Orphans International Worldwide list of Global Heroes and Role Models. This list includes such notables as Albert Schweitzer, Martin Luther King, the Rt. Rev. Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa, Yitzhak Rabin, Nelson Mandela, Albert Einstein, Elie Wiesel, and many more. This is Jim’s original piece from 2007.

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In Sri Lanka: The Basics for Americans

Galle, Sri Lanka. As I travel through Sri Lanka, covering the nation as it seeks reconciliation among its diverse population after decades of conflict, I am receiving e-mails from my friends at home asking me to review the basics for them. Here we go: Sri Lanka is an island nation off the southern tip of India […]

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My Mother: “God Damn It James, I Raised You Better Than That!”

New York, N.Y.  My mother’s words still ring out in my head, year after year. It was Thanksgiving 1998, Boston. I was continuing to complain about how traumatized I felt having experienced the Dicksonian conditions of the orphanage where I found my infant son Mathew in Indonesia. The warehouse institution was crib-to-worn-out-crib of children dressed […]

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Untold South Asian Stories at IAAC Literary Festival in New York

New York, N.Y. Aroon Shivdasani, Executive and Artistic Director of the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), did not sleep much last month – though she seldom does. Aroon Shivdasani, Executive and Artistic Director of the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), welcomes attendees. Photo: Shashwat Gupta. Perhaps because throughout the year she coordinates the New York Indian Film Festival […]

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