New York, N.Y. Over the spring of 2004, a CNN reporter wrote to her friends who happen to be world-class photographers:
I am writing to you to ask you for your help in promoting aid for the orphans of Haiti. You all well know the terrible conditions of life there, especially for the children. The organization, Orphans International Worldwide has a small house outside Jacmel where help is being given to children. They give help to orphans around the world. I am now trying to divert more attention to Haiti, and of course what they need – desperately – is funding. And for this, they need to promote the foundation. I have personally met the founder, Jim, a very kind-hearted man who is putting his own money into this… everyone, of course, is a volunteer. If you are in the position of donating a photograph you can reach me at home.
Orphan International Worldwide website became home to the photo exhibition “Eye on Haiti.”
Prize-winning photographers that contributed to the exhibition “Eye on Haiti” included Gary Fabiano, Tim Fadek, Michael Kamber and Les Stone. Les’ photograph also graced OIWW’s program cover at our third annual benefit held at the Yale Club.
“If sometimes our poor people have had to die of starvation, it is not that God
didn’t care for them, but because you and I didn’t give, were not instruments
of love in the hands of God.” – Mother Teresa (photo courtesy of Les Stone)
“Listen in on History.” Haiti. Photo by Les Stone. Copyright Les Stone 2004.
Following repeated disasters – man-made and natural – Haiti continues its downward
spiral; OI Haiti will move mountains to provide hope. Photo courtesy of Les Stone.
The mission of Orphans International Worldwide is to help orphaned or abandoned children grow into solid citizens of the world through a sound institutional structure that is simultaneously interfaith, interracial, international, intergenerational, and Internet-connected. Interfaith, because there are many paths up the mountain; Interracial, because there is but one race – the human race; International, because our neighbors are our family; Intergenerational, because there is much to learn from our elders; and Internet-connected, because the world today is at our fingertips.
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