From Halfway Around the World…

With all of the troubling and difficult stories, issues and subjects that I write about on orphans and vulnerable children, it’s nice to have uplifting and inspiring news to report in the midst of it.

This is a story about how lives connect around the world. A couple living in the Channel Islands between Britain and France, Dinesh and Natasha Menon, came across my blog and read about the children I have met and written about. They were moved by the stories and very interested in doing something to help, through their nonprofit trust ARC (Advocating for the Rights of Children). Dinesh and Natasha contacted me with passionate hearts for helping these children; as well as grand ideas they were excited about, such as conducting donation drives and providing dance lessons and other extracurricular activities for kids living in orphanages.

Dinesh, a lawyer who is ethnically Indian but grew up in Singapore, and Natasha, from New Zealand and pursuing her PhD, asked me to connect them with some of the orphanages in need that I’ve visited and worked with. To begin with, I’ve put them in touch with Little Hearts in Nellore and Divine Children’s Home in Trivandrum, and we are all working on collaborative projects to provide more resources for the beautiful children living in these homes.

It’s wonderful to see how people can reach out and make contact from around the world, to make these children’s world a better place.

About Shelley Seale

I'm Shelley, a journeyer and learner of the world, freelance journalist and author, yoga chick and dog lover. I pound the keyboard from home barefoot every day, and while my boss is demanding she also occasionally lets me have the early afternoon cocktail. I think not going into an office or collecting corporate paychecks are very good ideas, though not always profitable. I have written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian, Texas Monthly and CNN, among others. Neither the New York Times nor Johnny Depp have answered my letters yet. I love yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. I believe in karma. Mean people suck. If I could have any dream job I would like to be a superhero. I have performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, I don't know how to whistle. My mantra is "travel with a purpose."

Posted on September 15, 2007, in children, India, nonprofit, shelley seale and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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