A "new" anything is very rare and magical to these children. A pair of new pajamas and a book gives them comfort, yes, but
The United States is lacking a number of things. The most powerful country in the world seems to be slipping on several issues, sadly, many of which include families.
Rob and Paul Forkan were vacationing in Sri Lanka with their family for Christmas when the Indian Ocean tsunami struck.
As an aside, I am a huge fan of J.K. Rowling - of course her incredible talent as an author, but also her commitment to vulnerable
Volunteers may be well-meaning, but they're often supporting institutions that exploit children and poor families for profit.
Katrin Nenasheva has lugged a metal bed frame on her back for 21 days.
When I decided to spend most of a year living and volunteering in Tanzania, I said early on that I didn't want to do orphanage work. I love kids, always have, and for exactly that reason, I thought it would be too sad to be around traumatized, orphaned children. I couldn't have been more wrong.
There are days we wake up and all is not right with the world. Somebody is wreaking havoc and it takes everything we have to keep going, keep looking for peace somewhere within us to find a way to make things better for ourselves, our family, our community and the world.
A quiet, but alarming, trend is happening in Cambodian "orphanages." Instead of predominantly serving the needs of children whose parents have died, these institutions are increasingly being filled with children from poor families whose living parents are seeking better opportunities for their children's future.
No single person is accountable for Afghanistan and the state of its people. But every one of us is accountable for the perceptions that directly affect how the country moves forward.