Tag Archives: Tsunami

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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Through a Pinhole: Photographing Sri Lanka’s Architectural Heritage

New York, N.Y.  I met an incredible individual, Liz Doles, who also happens to be a talented artist last week at the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the U.N. We bonded immediately. Having been off-and-on in Sri Lanka (and Indonesia) for a number of years working with orphans following the 2004 Tsunami, I had [...]

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Following Floods, MetLife Brings Life to Pakistan Village

New York, N.Y. I know from living in Haiti that after more than one year from its disaster, so little has been done. It was with amazement that I discovered MetLife — based in that cool building on Bryant Park and in the Snoopy commercials — was on the ground in Pakistan in less than [...]

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Balinese Natural Birthing Center Threatened by Global Downturn

Denpasar, Indonesia. Mid-wife and clinic founder Robin Lim is a legend in the world of women’s maternity health. I have heard of her from Port-au-Prince in Haiti to New-York to Denpasar. Recently I received a note that her natural birthing clinic in Bali known as Bumi Sehat (“healthy mother earth”) is in desperate need of operating funds. [...]

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Let Us Not Waste The Limited Number of Hours We Have Left

New York, NY. 9/11 brings back haunting memories. Having buried by brother and mother almost back-to-back just before 9/11, losing all three of my life-long mentors over the passing years, and recently burying my father and step-mother, death to me is no longer a stranger. My grasp of our human fragility stems from watching the [...]

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Indonesian Orphaned Children Grow – and Go Mainstream

Manado, Indonesia. In 2001 Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) built its first full-care project in Indonesia, outside Manado in predominantly Christian North Sulawesi. Over the next decade OIWW would build a short-term, full-care project in predominantly Hindu Bali and a three-year full-care program after the Tsunami in predominantly Muslim Aceh. The capital city of Manado is [...]

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Failed States: Index Quantifies that Feeling in My Gut

United Nations, N.Y. What is a failed state?  Building orphanages and orphan care programs around the world, I have dealt in terrible conditions, where the government — and even people — have been broken.  Aceh and Sri Lanka after the Tsunami, and Haiti after Hurricane Jeanne and the recent earthquake to name only a few.  [...]

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Live from Leogane: College Prep Leadership Training Begins for our Orphan Mentors

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The College Prep Leadership Training Program of Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) Haiti launched this week at l’Ecole de la Redemption in Leogane, 18 miles west of Port-au-Prince. Forty students, chosen from almost 200 applicants, are studying to be mentors to the orphaned children of OIWW Haiti. Each of these children survived the earthquake. In the [...]

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