Tag Archives: Sri Lanka

Eyewitness: The Bloody Elephant Corridor

New York, N.Y.  For the first time in my life when I heard the reverberating trumpeting scream of an elephant, the adrenaline rush did not induce me to action, instead I just stood transfixed—awed by the tone of its sheer primeval splendor My hand alongside one blood splatter shows how mortal the wound could be! […]

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Honoring Young Leaders and Humanitarians at U.N. Mission

New York, N.Y.  Fifteen years ago, I began a journey of unknown destination. Last week, we celebrated that journey — and the many people who have journeyed with us. Many destinations — Haiti, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Cuba – have become apparent over the years, as has our focus on the arts, education and orphan […]

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Young Global Leader Nabs Harvard Master’s Degree – at Sixteen

New York, N.Y.  When I first met Eugenie Carys de Silva last spring on Central Park South in New York City, I was overwhelmed with her academic credentials.  Living with her father in Tennessee, she has pushed the envelope of long-distance learning from her rural bedroom.  For her academic audacity and global vision, Eugenie will […]

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At Clinton Forum, Western Union Highlights ‘NGO GlobalPay’

New York, N.Y.  I was delighted to breakfast with my friends at Western Union at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) this week, including its President and CEO Hikmet Ersek who I met last year at CGI, and Luella Chavez D’Angelo who I have interviewed in the past (piece). It was at last year’s breakfast I […]

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Essay Five Years Ago: Will a Vow of Poverty Fill the Void In My Soul?

New York, N.Y.  As I approach my fiftieth birthday, I am feeling incomplete. Part of me – my soul? – is still missing. In secular terms, I think I am not yet in touch with the best way to serve humanity. In theological terms, I would say I have yet to stumble upon God’s full […]

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NYC Birthday Bash Supports Orphans International Worldwide

New York, N.Y.  The trendy new Asymmetrik Gallery in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC was the venue for Orphans International Worldwide founder Jim Luce’s recent birthday celebration that raised funds for orphaned children – and the new duet of Joey Vaughan and Jeane Reveendran performed.  Jeane is the newest Global Adviser to the J. Luce Foundation (lucefoundation.org). […]

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Friends of DeCosta Headley to Honor Humanitarians at Annual Dinner

New York, N.Y.  Many philanthropists toil and make personal sacrifices—with pleasure—because of their commitment to improving the lives of others.  Few realize the challenges and obstacles that some of us encounter in raising funds to support worthy causes.  So, it’s always a great feeling when someone acknowledges these efforts. I experienced such a moment a […]

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Diplomatic Viewpoint: Sri Lanka and the Digital Revolution

New York, N.Y.  While the role of governments is central in facilitating the development of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector, the international community has also recognized the critical role of civil society and the non-government sector. In Sri Lanka, like in many other developing countries, civil society movements are still in their infancy. […]

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U.N. to Unveil Memorial to Victims of Transatlantic Slave Trade

U.N.: Palestinian Conflict Continues to Destroy Human Life, Dignity

World Water Day 2015: Pursuit of Better Water Access for All

Obama Hosts White House Student Film Festival

U.N.: Learning Lessons of Intolerance Critical to Ridding Racism

U.N. Chief Calls for Efforts to ‘Fill World with Happiness’