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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]

An Urban Garden in India

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I am back in Kolkata lending a hand at Empower the Children. It was so good to meet up with Reena and Ashit, teachers at the Preyrona Schools. Another volunteer, Roisin, is organizing an urban garden. We bought seeds and plants a few days ago. Yesterday, the children potted the seeds – green beans -  […] [Read More]

Himalayan Heights for Homeless Mutt

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To all my friends who volunteer to walk and foster and otherwise support abandoned pets, especially dogs. Here’s a heart-warming report from TIME about a little stray dog rescued from India. Rupee and his owner reached the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest, and it is believed that this Himalayan mutt is the first […] [Read More]
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Himalayan Exchange

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  The team, Rupin Valley 2013 New reading glasses! This summer, I had the privilege and the pleasure to volunteer with the Himalayan Health Exchange on a medical/dental trek to the Inner Himalayas. Our team consisted of four medical doctors, 15 medical students and two anthropology professors from all parts of the US and Britain. […] [Read More]
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“Everybody” Helps

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In July, 14 volunteers traveled to Vratsa, Bulgaria, to teach, play and paint at Assen Zlatarov, a social home for 70 children aged 7 to 18 whose families are unable to provide for them. Arranged along with Tabitha Foundation, we want to thank all of the people who donated through Fundrazr. Without your support, we […] [Read More]
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Help Us Brighten Their Home!

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In July, a group of 10 volunteers will travel with Humanitarian Travel Abroad, LLC, to Bulgaria and try, with a little elbow grease and paint, to brighten the home of 90 orphans living in Vratza at “Assen Zlatarov.” About 25 of the children face mental and physical challenges. Our trip is in conjunction with Tabitha […] [Read More]
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How to Narrow the Wage Gap

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Recently, I spoke to the chair of my department at WCSU about offering an independent study opportunity to students. I am teaching medical anthropology, my specialty, on a medical/dental trip to the Inner Himalayas with the Himalayan Health Exchange next June. Having offered travel study courses in the past, I was hoping to streamline the process […] [Read More]
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