In September 2015, after 18 years serving children abroad, WWO brought its Element of Play® program to Orange, NJ. We launched the Toy Library program at the Orange Public Library (OPL), with the goal of serving an ethnically diverse community facing poverty and unemployment. Orange has notable similarities to communities served by Element of Play® abroad. The global issues of health inequity, trauma, toxic stress, and limited access to early childhood services and educational attainment are found equally in Orange and abroad.Read More
A friend of mine who I took on a service learning trip last summer for my foundation, Worldwide Orphans, texted me a while ago and told me that I had to see a film called Capernaum. He didn’t give me any details other than that he was moved deeply and that he felt that I must see it as soon as possible because it had so much to do with my work with orphans and vulnerable children and he wanted to bring the film to the attention of the world!Read More
Haiti Blog Post #1 March 13-14, 2019
My last trip to Haiti was in April 2018 when I traveled with Anderson Cooper and his CNN production team, Susan, Bryan and Neil. We shared a wonderful few days working with the children served by WWO in the mountainous community of Kenscoff where WWO has its programs since the earthquake of January 2010. That film can be seen on our YouTube channel and was part of the CNN "Champions for Change" segment that appeared in mid-June 2018.
LAUNCH EVENT | HOTEL GRAND UNION, NYC | THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2019
We are launching a financial campaign for our WWO supporters which will provide long-term funding to scale our toy libraries all over the world. Our initial goal is a $1 million endowment, and each year we will renew this effort in order to build ample capital to deploy toy libraries with momentum, capacity building, and sustainability.Read More