Extending Our Deepest Condolences: News of Abdul Sattar Edhi’s Passing

Source: http://tribune.com.pk

By Saadia Qamar

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A file photo of Abdul Sattar Edhi. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: The founder of country’s largest welfare organisation, Abdul Sattar Edhi, died Friday at the age of 92, his son confirmed as tributes swiftly poured in for the humble man almost unanimously revered as a national hero.

“Abdul Sattar is dead,” his son and heir to his charitable empire Faisal told AFP.

“My father was suffering from severe kidney problems and both of his kidneys had failed,” he said.

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Making Hippotherapy Accessible in Armenia

Source: http://hetq.am

By Katherine Berjikian

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Its spring in Armenia, and the children at Kharberd Orphanage, just outside Yerevan, are excited because they can play with their old friend Dr. Sabba.

Dr. Sabba is an Armenian from the diaspora. He was born and raised in Lebanon, and came to Armenia five years ago. He’s a therapist at the orphanage and unfortunately can only work when it’s warm outside. The winter months are too cold to perform his specific kind of therapy. However, when he can work, the children get excited.

By the way, Dr. Sabba is a horse.

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News from Romania: U.S. Ambassador to Romania Visits Ador Copiii Resource Center for Adoptions

Source: http://www.adorcopiii.com

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U.S. Ambassador to Romania, His Excellency Mr. Hans Klemm, visited the only Resource Center for Adoptions in Romania, opened in Timisoara by Ador Copiii Association.

His Excellency Mr. Hans Klemm, accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Mari Klemm, visited on Friday, April 22, Ador Copiii Resource Center for Adoptions and discussed with Simona Czudar, the founder of the association, Laura Jacan, the organization’s psychotherapist, Andrei Rosu endurance athlete and Ador Copiii projects’ advocate, Gigi Nacev, CEO of Tempini Romania and Andrei Vasile, partners and supporters of the Association of the business community in Timisoara.

On this occasion His Excellency was impressed with the work we perform every day in the benefit of children who want a family, who risk losing theirs and those who, maybe, will never have one. His Excellency showed real interest in the adoption procedure, the problems encountered and the clear steps that our Association did and do to change the legislation in this regard, to become the voice of children and adoptive families.

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News from Romania: ADOR COPII Visited by US Vice Consul Whitehead and Consular Assistant Marcu

EACB44A7-E5E6-440B-8034-1B6A0557BFF5.JPG_copy1 The first day of spring brought the distinguished guests at the Ador Copiii Association. We were honored to receive the visit of Ms. Lindsay Whitehead, Vice-Consul of the United States Embassy in Bucharest, and Ms. Ilinca Marcu consular asistant, who participated at a support group organized with few adoptive families. On this occasion they could see a picture of the work we perform every day in the benefit of children who want a family, who risk losing theirs and those who, maybe, will never have one. Mrs. Lindsay Whitehead talked to each foster family present at the support group, showing real interest in the adoption procedure, the problems encountered and the clear steps that our Association did and do to change the legislation in this regard.

Ador Copiii’s projects and their impact were also appreciated by Mrs. Ambassador Susan S. Jacobs, Special Advisor on Children’s Rights in the US Government when the executive director , Mrs. Simona Czudar, was invited to meet with her in November 2015 at the US Embassy in Bucharest.
In the context of developing relations based on trust, transparency , professionalism and passion for defending children’s rights in order to modernize the adoptions’ system, the meeting was particularly successful and we want to continue in this direction in the future.

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Technological Systems Issue

TRAVEL ALERT: expect delays with visa, biometric, passport service while abroad. For families traveling abroad, the Department of State has asked all applicants to anticipate delays returning home with your child/ren in the event this is not remedied at the time of your request.

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Escaped lions, tigers roam Tbilisi after floods kill 12 – News from Georgia

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/lions-tigers-bears-escape-tbilisi-zoo-flood-090941208.html

By Irakli Metreveli

Tbilisi (AFP) – Lions, tigers and even a hippopotamus escaped from a zoo in the Georgian capital Tbilisi Sunday, adding to chaos caused by severe flooding that killed at least 12 people, officials said.

Police and soldiers were hunting down the animals, recapturing some and shooting others dead, while rescuers airlifted scores of people trapped by the floods.

Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili warned Tbilisi residents to stay indoors while the zoo animals were still on the loose,

He described the damage to the city’s infrastructure as "substantial" after the River Vere burst its banks following hours of torrential rain.

"Our latest estimate is that the death toll is 12," Tbilisi Mayor David Narmania told journalists.

Interior Ministry spokeswoman Nino Giorgobiani told AFP that 24 people were still missing by Sunday evening.

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News from Ghana: Our hearts are heavy with your loss and grief.

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News from Ghana: Massive Flood and Fire Leave Ghanaians in Shock.  Our hearts are heavy with your loss and grief.

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News: Meeting between the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice and the Accredited Organizations

Sad%20Depressed%20Lonely%20Rain%20List Finally this practice is being recognized as detrimental to children!  I’m impressed by Bulgaria’s recognition that permanently placing a child in a family environment institution and permanent foster care is not an acceptable path to true permanency and security within a family. Bulgaria recognizes that these programs were financially motivated to empty orphanages, but leave the children’s fate of having a permanent family (or not), in the hands of the very persons that are financially benefiting by denying the child a permanent family. Bravo if they fix this!!

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

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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.

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