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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The Plight

She sat on the plane, heartbroken the faces of the girls she photographed etched on her mind.  Child brides.  Girls married off as young as eight.  She knew child marriage existed in India but now it was there in front of her face.   A photojournalist living in Nepal, she traveled back and forth between …

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Michelle Yeoh

I want to be there for all those who are left behind in this world, whether it's because they are born poor, born a woman or born in an area affected by devastation. Just recently I heard that Bond girl (Tomorrow Never Dies) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Malaysian actress, Michelle Yeoh was named UN Goodwill …

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The Untouchables

300 million Dalits or “Untouchables” comprise the lowest rung of the still-practiced Hindu caste system. These people are despised, viewed as subhuman, and treated like dirt - Gospel for Asia A small girl walks barefoot around a half-starved dog lying in her path. She picks her way over garbage and sewer-sodden ground as she approaches …

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In Need of Prayers

In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge - Proverbs 14:26. The earthquake in Nepal left more than rubble in its wake.  It left heartbreak, loss and uncertainty. When I look at Drastaa's weathered face, I see unimaginable pain and devastation.  I see someone …

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Nepal Needs Our Prayers

We were on our way to deliver some relief supplies to a more rural area.  We had stopped for a rest, and just as we were getting out of the car, we heard screaming. I said, ‘It’s another earthquake. Run!’ We all ran to the first open space we could find and stayed there until …

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Nepalese Woman Finds Hope

“The Lord has blessed me in such a wonderful way that He has provided shelter, food, special care and attention through His people,” Shiuli says. What does a 14 year old know about being a wife and a mother?  She should be in school getting a good education.  At 14 most girls aren't even allowed …

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Shriya Shah-Klorfine

She had a dream and she pursued it.  Shriya Shah-Klorfine was the 32 year old Toronto woman who was among three (some reports say four) people who died on their descent from Mount Everest late Saturday night.  Born in Kathmandu, Nepal and raised in Mumbai, India, Shriya, the entrepreneur, political activist, social worker saw herself as a primarily …

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Breakdown in the Closet

MAMA: Motherhood Around the Globe, explores the realities and ideas of a new global generation of mothers through art, stories, and powerful new voices. The exhibition aims to turn inspiration into action helping fuel a worldwide movement of advocates for mothers’ human rights and advances in maternal health. Just recently I got an email from them …

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