Monthly Archives: July 2010

CNN: AIDS & India’s New Untouchables

Today on CNN Asia, the Mumbai home page features my article as one of its main rotating headline articles.

The story, “India’s New Untouchables: Children Living with AIDS” tells my personal experience in a village outside Vijayawada, with families who have been devastated by AIDS/HIV. This was a place in which much of the middle generation was missing, wiped out by the epidemic; it was elderly people raising their young grandchildren – some of whom were HIV-positive themselves, in a wholly unnecessary legacy of destruction.

My visit to Yesu’s family, and others, was three years ago – but to this day, I have never stopped thinking about them. I can’t forget the way their eyes looked; beyond tears, just despairing, and struggling to survive.

This article is published on the eve of the International AIDS Conference, which is preparing to meet in Geneva. Won’t you take a moment to read Yesu’s story, pass it on to others, and visit the World AIDS Campaign to learn how you can impact the fight against this disease, which is so devastating for children.

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Volunteer Travel Podcast

The Voluntary Traveler and Nola Kelsey, author of 700 Places to Volunteer Before You Die, is producing a series of podcasts on volunteer travel. The current podcast features me, and my work in India with The Miracle Foundation. Listen here, or download the podcast here.

From the Voluntary Traveler website:

Episode 6 is part 2 two of our look at the work and volunteer programs of the Austin, Texas Based Miracle Foundation. The Miracle Foundation is an organization dedicated to empowering orphaned children of India to reach their full potential, one child at a time.

Part one of this feature (The Voluntary traveler Episode #3) gave listener an in-depth look at their work and the specifics of their volunteer opportunities.

This show features an interview with author Shelley Seale. Shelley is a renowned journalist, Miracle Foundations Ambassador and 5-time volunteer. Shelley is the author of the beautifully written book, The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India and is also a contributing author to the anthology that inspired this podcast series The Voluntary Traveler: Adventures from the Road Best Traveled.

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Volunteer Before You Die

My publisher, Dogs Eye View Media, also publishes many other books about volunteerism around the world. The Voluntary Traveler, for instance, is an anthology about different volunteer’s experiences in all kinds of global work; I am a contributing author.

Nola Lee Kelsey, editor of The Voluntary Traveler and author of many books including 700 Places to Volunteer Before You Die, has a great blog about voluntourism around the world.

Recently, my experiences with the children of India were featured on the blog, which you can read below:

Passage to India: A Volunteer Voyage – Part 1

Passage to India: A Volunteer Voyage – Part 2

Today, Nola and I also recorded a podcast about my experiences – stay tuned for that, which will be released next Tuesday, July 13.

And as always – happy volunteering!

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