Nappies For Nork Delivery #1

89be6344951dc3e96d1822336077c1cf As you may remember, the Nappies for Nork Fundraiser kicked off by Viviane Martini earlier this year collected $11,000 to purchase diapers for her son’s former orphanage.  After the fundraiser closed, another $1000 donation arrived, making the total $12,000.  Together, Viviane and George Yacoubian, Founder and CEO of SOAR, decided to deliver $1000 worth of diapers for the next 12 months to the Children’s Home of Yerevan in Nork Marash district.

A few days ago, the first monthly delivery was dropped off: 2740 Pampers. Viviane states "I am so happy for the children and want to thank again all who contributed to the fundraiser."

News from Morocco: It’s A Girl!!! Kafala Granted Today!

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FACT: The Love of A Family Makes All The Difference in The World!

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Nepal: For many reasons, please do not send material goods

Nepal%20Flag From our Partners of Joint Council of International Children’s Services:

Last week, Joint Council listened in on a White House Nepal briefing call led by Gayle Smith, Senior Director of the National Security Council.  Here are some of the important takeaways from the call in regards to providing assistance on the ground:

For many reasons, please do not send material goods. 

  • The transportation infrastructure is currently overloaded and sending goods that do not have proper transport avenues in place will put even more of a burden on the system.
  • A high percentage of material goods that are donated during these crises do not reach the victims. 
  • Food items that are not in the local diet can do more harm than good in helping the victims recover.
  • By providing free goods, it can harm the local vendors and can prevent the overall economy from recovering.
  • If you have already collected material goods to send, please visit CIDI’s page on 55 Ways to Repurpose a Material Donation.
  • Cash donations are the best option in order to provide the quickest, most effective form of assistance.  Cash contributions allow relief organizations to immediately purchase exactly what is needed without the cost or delay of transportation.  Cash also allows relief organizations to purchase from local vendors, thus stimulating the local economy.
  • Please only send volunteers with the necessary technical skills and experience to aid in the disaster recovery.  

Please send these guidelines to anyone organizing relief efforts for the Nepal earthquake.

Armenian Moodboard Project

Source: http://onearmenia.org/projects/moodboard

thumb_1406800300_IMG_8881 In June 2013, ONEArmenia partnered with Boghossian Gardens to maintain a community mood board in Yerevan’s Lovers’ Park over the course of a week. Each day, new questions were posed to gauge the thoughts, fears, desires, regrets and pain of passersby.

Click here to view our news coverage of the moodboard as well as a video collage of what people in Yerevan looked forward to on the eve of the new year in 2013.

How to Go Full On In Jordan (and other Arabic countries)!

Source: https://www.yahoo.com

By Paula Froelich

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Petra, Jordan (Thinkstock)

It may be obvious, but the Middle East is very different from the rest of the world. Even in Jordan, which is considered a liberal country, visitors can make mistakes without knowing it (especially if they are left-handed; it’s the hand you use in the loo).

Yes, we know the so-called Islamic State is all over the news and people are scared of the region right now. But those in the know — and those who love history — are aware of several things: Jordan is committed to the fight against IS. Jordan has the second-best military in the region (besides Israel). There have been no attacks in Jordan due to its excellent security. And now is the time to go. Sites like Petra, normally packed with tourists, are empty and open for exploration. That, and the country is pretty much on sale — prices are down and you can enjoy a five-star trip at half the cost. As locals in the country like to say, “We can’t help it — we live in a rough neighborhood, but our block is fine.”

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News From Armenia: Two MORE Hopscotch Families Register With Their Children! Happy Mother’s Day!

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‘Gotcha Day,’ Meeting Your Adopted Child by Michael Hicks

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/patrick-hicks/gotcha-day-meeting-your-adopted-child_b_7102480.html

By Patrick Hicks

On the eve of his son’s adoption from South Korea, one writer looks back on what that night now means

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Most parents go to a hospital to meet their child for the first time. My wife and I went to the Omaha airport, and it was there, shortly before midnight, that our internationally-adopted son arrived from South Korea. He was 51 weeks old.

It was a joyful and overwhelming moment for us, but for him, it was obviously terrifying. Who were these people? Where was his foster mother? Why was a stranger holding him and where was he being taken? Everything he knew was gone. Missing. Even now, five years later, if I close my eyes, I can still hear his shrieks of terror.

Read more.

NPR Interview with National Council for Adoption’s CEO, Chuck Johnson

NPR Interview with National Council for Adoption’s CEO, Chuck Johnson.  Last year the number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents dropped to the lowest level since 1982, according to figures recently released by the State Department.

For comparison’s sake, in 2004, foreign adoptions reached an all time high of 22,884. Last year, the grand total was just 6,441.

Read more.

#PFF15 Adopted Persons Scholarship

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Adopted People Scholarship

"What does family mean to you?"

In a short 250-450 word essay, adopted people and foster care alumni are challenged to answer the question above for a chance to win a free registration to our 2015 Putting Family First Conference, held in Washington D.C. on June 21-23 2015.  This scholarship is generously sponsored by Gladney Center for Adoption. The winning essays will also be published on our NCFA blog. Applicants must 18 or older and need to submit their essays by May 8th. 

*Please note that room and travel are not included in this giveaway and must be booked separately. 

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