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Doctor turns cancer into legacy to support Tanzanian orphans, families

EAST HAVEN — On the day after Thanksgiving, Dr. David Ross Russell learned he was dying.

But his diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer only strengthened his resolve to make a difference in the lives of the Tanzanian children and families that he, his wife and daughter have been committed to for four years…

But Aren’t Those Kids Broken? Poverty Porn vs. Reality

I was just like most people once. When I decided to spend most of a year living and volunteering in Tanzania, I said early on that I didn’t want to do orphanage work. I love kids, always have, and for exactly that reason, I thought it would be too sad to be around traumatized, orphaned children. I couldn’t have been more wrong…

#LoveMakesaFamily In Action

I have the privilege to work with superheroes, every day. They don’t wear capes, they wear kangas – the traditional wax-printed fabric wrap worn around the waist or sewn into garments in Tanzania. You see, I received a proposal recently – the first ever from a non-office staff member. It was from the mamas, the name for full time caretakers, at our children’s village, a cluster of family-style homes designed for orphaned and vulnerable kids…

Orphanages that hate Orphanages

I founded and run an organization that includes an orphanage, and I hate orphanages. Just one of the many mind-bending situations you find yourself in when working in community development, halfway around the world.

A good friend and mentor (who was recently profiled on 60 Minutes) once told me that there are two types of organizations that try to aid people in Tanzania, where we both live and work. There are NGOs (non-governmental organizations, including nonprofits and charities) , and NG-EGOs…

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