Humanity Face to Face

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Christmas Cards from Corawill, Inc.

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Corawill, Inc, a Danbury 501(c)(3) has Christmas cards available that are hand-made by children living in a social institution in Bulgaria. All proceeds go right back to the children to support educational and social programs and to help with renovations. Seventy children of mostly Roma descent live in this social home. About 25% have physical […] [Read More]
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GLOWing Again in Bulgaria

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Above, morning announcements and energizers. Leadership Academy GLOW (LA GLOW) is a week-long summer camp in Veliko, Tarnovo, Bulgaria for girls 14 to 18 years old.  This camp was founded in 2000 by Peace Corps volunteers. It is now a Peace Corps Legacy program run entirely by female volunteers, mainly GLOW alumni who live and […] [Read More]
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TBT: Home Coming Korea

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While working as a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines in the 70s and 80s,  I made dozens of trips to India and Korea with Americans for International Aid to bring ‘home’ children adopted by Americans from abroad. Here are photos of Chung, the very first boy I took to his new parents on November 10, […] [Read More]
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Connecticut Volunteers in Vratsa

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Volunteers with Humanitarian Travel Abroad (see HTA LLC above) in the US had another wonderful week with the children of Vratsa Social Home in Bulgaria. The home has 61 children aged 7 to 17, many with physical or mental disabilities. The children are so much fun and eager to teach us a few things as […] [Read More]
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Community Volunteer Opportunity with Healing the Children Northeast

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Healing the Children Northeast has opened a beautiful new thrift shop at 27 East Street in New Milford, CT, and they are looking for volunteer staff. All proceeds go towards helping children in need of life saving surgery. If you can’t volunteer, please check out the shop! For information on volunteering call 860-355-1828. Click to […] [Read More]
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Making a Home More ‘Social’ in Bulgaria

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According to Lumos, an organization helping children without caring families, around the world 8 million children live in institutions and a 90% are not orphans. For myriad reasons – poor parenting, discrimination of minorities, economic incentives, disability – children end up separated from their kin by choice or chance. This summer volunteers from Connecticut with […] [Read More]
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WCSU HIghlights Leadership Academy GLOW

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On Tuesday, March 4, I will discuss “Leadership Academy GLOW” at 12:30 p.m. in Warner Hall on Western Connecticut State University’s  Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. I will share my experiences working at GLOW in Bulgaria. In 2000, Camp GLOW was established by Peace Corps volunteers. Although the Peace Corps is no longer […] [Read More]
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A Show of Strength in India

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While in Kolkata, India, visiting programs supported by Empower the Children (ETC), I was invited to a wonderful evening of music, dance and theater. The actors included children from the Preyrona vocational schools supported by ETC, as well as ‘specially-abled’ children from Prabartak Home. The ‘children’ from Prabartak are mentally or physically challenged, orphaned adults […] [Read More]
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