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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 from Leogane: College Prep Leadership Training Begins for our Orphan Mentors

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The College Prep Leadership Training Program of Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) Haiti launched this week at l’Ecole de la Redemption in Leogane, 18 miles west of Port-au-Prince. Forty students, chosen from almost 200 applicants, are studying to be mentors to the orphaned children of OIWW Haiti. Each of these children survived the earthquake. In the […]

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Eyewitness: Haiti Has Improved Somewhat in Last Two Months

Léogâne, Haiti.  I am sitting in the office of Belo Water in Léogâne, Haiti, on the first morning of my 21st trip here.  This is my second trip since the terrible January 12 earthquake described by Ban-ki Moon as the worst natural disaster of our times.  Having been in Indonesia and Sri Lanka after the […]

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Film Shown at U.N. Donor Conference on Collapse of Haiti’s Presidential Palace

Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The film “Thirty-Five Long Seconds: Haiti’s Deadly Earthquake” was screened recently as part of the recent Donor’s Conference at the United Nations. The conference, entitled Towards a New Future in Haiti, was hosted by Haitian President Rene Preval, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.N. Special Envoy for Haiti Bill Clinton. Pledges from the […]

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In Sri Lanka: Explaining the Tamil Tigers

Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Tamil Tigers (LTTE) are considered a terrorist organization by 32 countries. Their soldiers wore cyanide vials for consumption upon capture.  They invented the suicide belt and pioneered the use of suicide bombing as a tactic.  They also pioneered the use of women in suicide attacks and forcibly kidnapped and inducted child soldiers. […]

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Dr. Judy on Trauma of Disasters – like Haitian Earthquake

Dr. Judy Kuriansky trained local Boy Scouts to be “comforters”in the wake of the earthquake that recently destroyed Haiti. The patients were also grateful that anyone cared to talk to them. These helpers are now recruiting other youth and training them in the techniques they learned from Dr. Kuriansky. Known globally as “Dr. Judy,” she […]

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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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Orphans International Movement to Help Kids Around the World

New York, N.Y.  When I founded Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) in 1999, I had no idea it would grow into an international movement.  A Google search today reveals 31,000 mentions of “Orphans International” on the Internet. In 1999 there was none.  Like Alcoholics Anonymous, the idea caught fire. Today, there are over 100 “Orphans International” […]

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