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.
Sadly, despite their good intentions, volunteers at orphanages are unwittingly supporting the terrible harm that institutions afflict on children in their care.
Katrin Nenasheva has lugged a metal bed frame on her back for 21 days.
This piece is part of a month-long series of articles aimed at raising awareness around the issue of orphanage volunteering
I founded and run an organization that includes an orphanage, and I hate orphanages. Just one of the many mind-bending situations you find yourself in when working in community development, halfway around the world.
Kehlani, know that you are a beautiful girl with so much life ahead of you. Know that you are loved and deserving of all of life's blessings. Know that your mom's choices are her own and with or without her you have the ability and the tools to be as amazing as you see fit.
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I'd planned to tell Mom how much I loved her, but it was too late. I swallowed the lump in my throat and instead all I could hear myself say was, "Mom, I can't look at you, because if I do I know I'll lose it." We took one step, then another, and walked what I didn't know would be the last walk we'd ever share again. And just like that, she gave me away.