Tag Archives: Tsunami

Orphans International Announces New Director for 20th Year

New York, N.Y. The Board of Directors of Orphans International Worldwide (OIW) announces with great pleasure the hiring of Luisa Duarte-Silva, Ph.D. as Executive Director. She will be the third permanent E.D. since the charity was founded nineteen years ago. Luisa has two adopted boys from Vietnam, has worked extensively with orphanages in Asia and […]

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‘Education has Power to Save Lives,’ Views Towards the Disaster

New York N.Y – Ahead of the inaugural World Tsunami Awareness Day on 5 November, two survivors of the most devastating tsunami in recent history – a Czech supermodel and a member of the Spanish family featured in the film The Impossible (2012) – have joined the United Nations’ commemoration of the Day. An aerial […]

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Essay Five Years Ago: Will a Vow of Poverty Fill the Void In My Soul?

New York, N.Y.  As I approach my fiftieth birthday, I am feeling incomplete. Part of me – my soul? – is still missing. In secular terms, I think I am not yet in touch with the best way to serve humanity. In theological terms, I would say I have yet to stumble upon God’s full […]

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Through a Pinhole: Photographing Sri Lanka’s Architectural Heritage

New York, N.Y.  I met an incredible individual, Liz Doles, who also happens to be a talented artist last week at the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the U.N. We bonded immediately. Having been off-and-on in Sri Lanka (and Indonesia) for a number of years working with orphans following the 2004 Tsunami, I had […]

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Following Floods, MetLife Brings Life to Pakistan Village

New York, N.Y. I know from living in Haiti that after more than one year from its disaster, so little has been done. It was with amazement that I discovered MetLife — based in that cool building on Bryant Park and in the Snoopy commercials — was on the ground in Pakistan in less than […]

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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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Let Us Not Waste The Limited Number of Hours We Have Left

New York, NY. 9/11 brings back haunting memories. Having buried by brother and mother almost back-to-back just before 9/11, losing all three of my life-long mentors over the passing years, and recently burying my father and step-mother, death to me is no longer a stranger. My grasp of our human fragility stems from watching the […]

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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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