Orphanage Tourism

Did you know that most children in orphanages aren't really orphans? According to research done by Research by UNICEF up to 75% of children kept in orphanages in Cambodia and Nepal are not even orphans. Many of the children come from poor rural families and are trafficked into orphanages because their parents feel this will give …

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A Thorn in His Side

He had no doubt now that Sister Augustin was the one who told Father Schmidt about Monifa and him. Many times he could feel her eyes on him and when he turned to look at her, she quickly averted her gaze. And she avoided him. On one occasion during recess when he was talking to …

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Avianna’s Interview

"Good evening and welcome to Insight Weekly. I'm your host, Bill Whitaker. This evening, I have a very special guest here with me. She recently won a humanitarian award for her work in Africa. She has appeared on numerous television shows, including CNN and BBC and in several magazines. She recently made TIME's list of …

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Taking Root

Recognized as Time Magazine’s Hero of the Planet, Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist and political activist was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.  She earned her bachelor’s and master degrees and completed her doctorate in the United States.  When it came to the environment, she has been a gargantuan force in the …

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The Kiss

"Oh, Grandma, I didn't know that you had company." Clara's eyes shifted from her to Father Kowalski. "Good evening, Pastor Kowalski." It took a moment for him to reply because he was taken aback by how she looked, all dressed up. "Good evening, Clara." Mrs. Siri beamed. "You look lovely, Clara." "Thanks, Grandma." "She's going …

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Adina and Asriel Hook Up

Adina was walking down the sidewalk when she spotted Asriel coming in her direction. It was the first time she was seeing him since his break up with Linda. "Are you going to preach to me about forgiveness?" he asked dryly. "I know you're bitter towards your father and that's understandable." "It's good to know …

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Sewing for a Better Future

Seven Wells is "a faith-based development organization raising up a generation who will transform Africa." In 2005, they started a sewing school for mothers.  The women attend Monday to Friday for 9 months with the goal that at the end they have a trade.  About 300 of them have graduated and are now self-sufficient and …

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The Miracle of Life

For me, the most amazing transformation were the stages of pregnancy.  It wasn't planned but I was thrilled when I got the news that I was pregnant.   During those 41 weeks, I marveled at the changes of my body and was amazed at the relentless hunger pangs that plagued me.  I was told that …

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Pray for Rain

  Please pray for rain to fall in Fort McMurray, Alberta to put out the fire that has destroyed homes and devastated lives.  There is the heartbreaking story of a firefighter who lost his teenage daughter in a crash.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.   Another story had a happy ending.  A wedding dress was …

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International Day of the Girl

On my twelfth birthday, I sat on the cold ground in a corner of a dark room with my knees drawn up to my chin and my arms wrapped around them as the tears rolled down my dirty cheeks.   I couldn’t sleep.   I didn’t want to sleep because I was afraid that he would come back and hurt …

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