Tag Archives: West Africa

With Wonderful Tibetan Orphans, Reflecting on How I Got Here

Tawang, India. Twenty-five years ago, I stumbled upon a ten-month old infant in Indonesia who would change the direction of my life: my son, Mathew James Tendean Luce. With incredible Tibetan orphans, high up in the Himalayas on the Bhutan/China border at Manjushree. Photo: Stewardship Report. My mother, a child psychologist in Boston, encouraged me to […]

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Nguyen to Coordinate Foundation, Orphans International Stakeholders

New York, N.Y. As Orphans International Worldwide approaches its 20th anniversary, and the J. Luce Foundation it’s 12th anniversary, under the leadership of Jim Luce, their leadership circles continue to expand. And the structure of these sister charities continues to evolve dramatically. “Jim (Luce)’s vision had been extraordinary, and even with administrative and development staff in place […]

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Angelique Kidjo, Peter Buffett Release Song to Support African Girls

New York, N.Y.  I have been trying to interview Emmy Award-winning composer/philanthropist Peter Buffett for two years.  I wrote about Grammy Award-winning UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo following the U.N. Day Concert back in October of last year (here).  Both musicians have been on my radar because I cover Thought Leaders and Global Citizens – and they represent everything […]

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Report Highlights ‘Terrifying’ Impact of Ebola on Nine Million Children

Conakry, Guinea.  Some nine million children have seen “death and suffering beyond their comprehension,” and protecting them and their communities is critical in the fight against Ebola in West Africa, the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a report released today. A child who lost members of his family to the Ebola virus plays at the […]

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Cuba Hosts U.N. Ebola Conference, Sends MDs to West Africa

Havana, Cuba.  Ebola is no longer a localized public health emergency, top UN officials said in Havana today as they commended Cuba for sending doctors and nurses to the affected countries in West Africa, and addressed regional leaders gathering to discuss ways to resolve the emergency and halt spread of the virus to regional States. […]

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U.N.: 3,700 Children Orphaned by Ebola, Lives Shattered

New York, N.Y.  Amid a climbing death toll and widespread panic, the Ebola outbreak continues to ravage West Africa leaving thousands of orphaned children in its wake, an official for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today, as a fortified UN mission arrived in the region to confront and contain the growing crisis. “Thousands […]

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The Dichotomy of Haiti: Hell Meets, well, Heaven

New York, NY. The images from Haiti before the earthquake were dismal. ‘Poorest in the Western Hemisphere,’ we heard again and again. Post-quake reporting has seemed to focus on Dante’s Inferno. Haiti had been a God-forsaken land due to the greed first of its colonizers and then its own leaders for centuries. Land of Destruction […]

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My First HuffPo Piece: Orphans International Worldwide

It has been a banner week in my life. Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary hosted a benefit for Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW), the U.N.-accredited organization I founded six years ago. Then, I was lauded by Congress as an “extraordinarily effective humanitarian, activist, and philanthropist.” Plus, on Nov. 12th my first article for the […]

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