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Article about Human Trafficking in the US

Posted by worldorphanrelief on January 28, 2013

Just a word of warning that human trafficking is not limited to other countries.  We constantly hear about tragic stories of sexual slavery from Russia, Mexico, Ukraine, Moldova, and many other nations, but rarely think that such activities can occur in our own neighborhoods.  The following article explains in detail how a teenager from Washington state was ensnared by slave traders but managed to escape.  Please, always be aware, always be prepared, and always know with whom your children are socializing!

http://causes.msn.com/human_trafficking/?section=article_6_1#section=article_6_1

 

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Large Aid Shipment for Kyrgyz Schools Provided by Janine Bryant

Posted by worldorphanrelief on January 27, 2013

Janine Bryant

Janine Bryant

Janine Bryant and her Montessori class has provided us with a large donation of schools supplies.  This aid material will be combined with Abby Kalainikas’s hygiene supplies and delivered to our partner in the Kyrgyz Republic, the Children of Tien-Shan, for use by orphaned children across the country.  Janine’s aid package includes back packs, pencils, paper, crayons, and other useful items to assist Kyrgyz children pursue their educational goals.  Thank you, Janine!

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Iranian Women and Children Assistance Program to be Announced

Posted by worldorphanrelief on January 20, 2013

Flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran

As a follow-up to the publishing of our report on the “Children of the Islamic Republic of Iran” (which can be found on our website) we have decided to examine available options for providing humanitarian assistance to vetted NGOs engaged in protecting Iranian women and children.  For security reasons we will not be releasing the name and location of the recipient of our aid program.  We will keep you up-to-date as best as possible.  A director will be announced shortly.  It is important to note that we will not be meddling in the internal affairs of the Islamic Republic.

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Documentary Film Maker to Accompany Our Mission to the DR Congo

Posted by worldorphanrelief on January 20, 2013

MONUSCO troops in North Kivu.  Photo:  British embassy, Kinshasa

MONUSCO troops in North Kivu. Photo: British embassy, Kinshasa

We have teamed up with a documentary film maker who will accompany us to the DR Congo.  His video record of our experiences in North Kivu will help raise awareness of the plight of the Congolese people.  Details of this arrangement will be formally announced prior to our departure.

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DRC Information Resources

Posted by worldorphanrelief on January 20, 2013

For those of you who wish to learn more about the conflict in the DR Congo, we highly recommend the following resources:

All three of the above sites provide timely and accurate information about the complex situation occurring in our mission area – North Kivu. If you have any questions which are not provided by the above organizations please feel free to contact us.

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The Fishermen Successfully Entered into the SMTP Program

Posted by worldorphanrelief on January 19, 2013

SMTP Program Director Abby Kalainkas

SMTP Program Director Abby Kalainkas

We are happy to announce that our paperwork to participate in Counterpart International’s SMTP program (http://www.counterpart.org/working-with-us/contracting-vehicles/smtp) has been successfully submitted by both our organization and our partner in the Kyrgyz Republic, the Children of Tien-Shan.  This was the final step necessary to ensure our acceptance into the Small/Medium Transport program, wherein the US Department of State will deliver between 1 and 10 standard shipping containers of humanitarian aid from our organization free of charge to a destination country of our choice within the Former Soviet Union.  Abby Kalainikas is our director for this program and will begin collection campaigns shortly to deliver medical and other humanitarian aid to the children of the Kyrgyz Republic.  We will be accepting aid of any sort except food supplies, so please contact us if you have anything you wish to donate to this very worthy cause.

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My Commitment to the People of the DR Congo

Posted by worldorphanrelief on January 19, 2013

Founder Alex Gowen

Founder Alex Gowen

I am frustrated with the lack of a timely response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  My grievance is not only with the international aid community, but with my own inadequacies.  My inability to properly guide The Fishermen and act expeditiously equates to the loss of many lives – deaths which may have been prevented had we been able to execute our plans.  Again we are reorganizing our strategy and will engage the DRC as soon as a target and method of egress has been verified.  I feel I have failed the people of the DR Congo, for whom I am committed to fight the good fight.  I will not give up, however, and will do whatever it takes to ensure the delivery of our medical aid to those in need.

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Colette Cashwell to Direct our Fishermen Forum Program

Posted by worldorphanrelief on January 4, 2013

Colette Cashwell

Colette Cashwell

We wish to welcome Colette Cashwell, who will be directing the Fishermen Forum – our online mentoring program.  Colette holds a bachelor of fine arts from Rochester Institute of Technology and a master of science in teaching also from RIT.  She, and her husband Henry, are small business owners in Elizabethtown, NC.  Their local retail business encompasses several e-commerce websites which ship worldwide.  After raising and sending 4 kids out into the world, Colette wanted to combine her computer savvy with her mothering skills and help children that have not had the advantages that so many of us have had here in the US.  Welcome aboard, Colette!

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