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October 30, 2009
The Christmas Fund for Armenian Orphans and Disabled Children will hold a telethon starting at 4 p.m. Sunday on Channel 280 to raise money for improvements to an orphanage in the Spitak region of Armenia. The annual fundraising event has enabled renovations at the building, including upgraded bathrooms, shower facilities and a laundry room, organizers said. The telethon will fund more improvements to the orphanage, and help purchase thousands of gifts for the orphans. This year, organizers were also able to buy specialized computers for students at the Yerevan School for the Blind.
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By BRUCE CAMPBELL | April 21, 2007
Twenty members and friends from the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club went to the Estado 29 Orphanage in Ensenada, Baja, Mexico three weekends ago. The Rotary Club adopted the orphanage several years ago and has made regular trips to Baja to build the kitchen, give and install a commercial refrigerator, do skilled housing maintenance jobs and annually take the youngsters holiday shopping in Ensenada. The orphanage has grown to house more than 90 children who have been either abandoned, abused or given up to the orphanage due to the family poverty.
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By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | January 10, 2011
Local Armenian Youth Federation members were busy chopping onions and stirring boiling mamounia Sunday morning as a part of a fundraiser for an orphanage in Ghapan, Armenia. A joint effort between the Glendale and South Bay chapters, Sunday's breakfast at the Armenian Cultural Foundation's Glendale Youth Center was the second year the groups joined together to help Glendale's sister city. Last year's breakfast raised around $1,000, according to Chair of the Armenian Youth Federation's South Bay Chapter Armen Karapetyan.
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By BRUCE CAMPBELL | January 19, 2008
How would you like to take 90 children shopping for shoes on a Saturday? Well that is what 11 members of the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club along with their families did this December in Ensenada, Mexico. The Rotary Club has informally adopted the children in the Estado 29 Orphanage located in the hills above Ensenada. The Christmas shoe-shopping trip has been a tradition of the club members for several years. This year, the ride down the hill into the Ensenada shopping area was not one of loading the kids into SUVs and making many trips down to shop.
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July 3, 2001
No one was more surprised than I was when I found myself on a recent Saturday morning, at an hour my family calls "dark-thirty in the morning," leaving for a quick trip to an orphanage in Mexico, a facility more poverty stricken than even the impoverished neighborhoods surrounding it. It may be further proof of my weak character, but since my first trip into Mexico years ago, I've always avoided returning. I can appreciate and even revel in lifestyles different from my own. But confronting desperate poverty so depresses me that I duck having to see it. Rather than being filled with a resolve to help relieve the problem, I'm overwhelmed by its enormity and hopelessness.
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By Jonathan Frochtzwajg | June 27, 2006
Sitting on a swing with 3-year-old patient Alejandro Maldonado, speech-language pathologist Melissa McDugald is effervescent ? and not just because she's blowing bubbles in an attempt to please the quiet boy. Her buoyancy is typical, until you get her talking about weightier matters ? like Uganda. McDugald, a speech pathologist for Glendale Adventist Medical Center's Pediatric Therapy Services, will journey to the troubled east African country today on a humanitarian mission. It's something the 31-year-old takes quite seriously.
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By Veronica Rocha | July 22, 2009
To 12-year-old Diego, a Colombia native visiting Glendale this summer, the U.S. is a land of scrumptious bites, endless oceans for swimming and more relaxed attitudes. Diego and his 14-year-old brother, Alex, have been staying in Glendale with George Feldman and Eudora Loh and their family since the start of July as part of a program through Kidsave International, which helps older orphaned and foster children find homes in the United States. So far, Diego and Alex, whose last names are being withheld by the Colombian government to protect their privacy, have visited San Francisco, frolicked in the sand at various beaches and have made friends with other teens.
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December 12, 2000
A young couple from New York recently made a long journey to the former Soviet Union to adopt a baby. Although the entire process is grueling, expensive and time-consuming, the young couple was upbeat when I accompanied them to the local orphanage on this cold December morning. They had first met their new baby, Victor Robert, only seven days prior. They selected him from a roomful of babies based on his winning smile and good health report. They were then required by local law to spend 14 days with the baby at the orphanage before taking him home.
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By by mary o’keefe valley sun | April 25, 2008
Travis Cena at first thought that law enforcement was his calling but shortly after joining the Glendale Police Department something just didn’t gel. “I love the police department,” Cena said. “They do such a wonderful job in the community.” But Cena felt that God was calling him for something different. A graduate of Crescenta Valley High School, Cena joined the military and then made the natural progression law enforcement. “I served in Iraq for five months,” he said.
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By Lynne Heffley | January 27, 2012
When you are an under-employed actor teaching traffic safety to 5-year-olds and your octogenarian boss makes a pass at you, it's not surprising to feel as if life is on a rather downward spiral. Irish-born stage and screen actor Johnny O'Callaghan found himself in that dismal place nearly seven years ago. Most widely known as “Niam” on the Syfy channel series “Stargate Atlantis,” O'Callaghan had lost his part-time teaching job, his personal life was a mess, and he was sweating out a lull between acting jobs.
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By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | January 10, 2011
Local Armenian Youth Federation members were busy chopping onions and stirring boiling mamounia Sunday morning as a part of a fundraiser for an orphanage in Ghapan, Armenia. A joint effort between the Glendale and South Bay chapters, Sunday's breakfast at the Armenian Cultural Foundation's Glendale Youth Center was the second year the groups joined together to help Glendale's sister city. Last year's breakfast raised around $1,000, according to Chair of the Armenian Youth Federation's South Bay Chapter Armen Karapetyan.
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By Sara Cardine | February 13, 2010
On any given night, youths at the Amani Children’s Home in Moshi, Tanzania, can look up and see the moon and stars, but that’s as close as most will ever come to understanding the universe and its scientific wonders. Many of them have never been to school, let alone learned about the planets or space exploration. So when Paulo Younse, a robotics engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, visited the orphanage in January, he took the universe to them. Younse set off Dec. 30 on a three-week African excursion, which included a climb to the frigid peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro, a four-day safari in the Serengeti and swimming with dolphins in Zanzibar.
NEWS
October 30, 2009
The Christmas Fund for Armenian Orphans and Disabled Children will hold a telethon starting at 4 p.m. Sunday on Channel 280 to raise money for improvements to an orphanage in the Spitak region of Armenia. The annual fundraising event has enabled renovations at the building, including upgraded bathrooms, shower facilities and a laundry room, organizers said. The telethon will fund more improvements to the orphanage, and help purchase thousands of gifts for the orphans. This year, organizers were also able to buy specialized computers for students at the Yerevan School for the Blind.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha | July 22, 2009
To 12-year-old Diego, a Colombia native visiting Glendale this summer, the U.S. is a land of scrumptious bites, endless oceans for swimming and more relaxed attitudes. Diego and his 14-year-old brother, Alex, have been staying in Glendale with George Feldman and Eudora Loh and their family since the start of July as part of a program through Kidsave International, which helps older orphaned and foster children find homes in the United States. So far, Diego and Alex, whose last names are being withheld by the Colombian government to protect their privacy, have visited San Francisco, frolicked in the sand at various beaches and have made friends with other teens.
FEATURES
By by mary o’keefe valley sun | April 25, 2008
Travis Cena at first thought that law enforcement was his calling but shortly after joining the Glendale Police Department something just didn’t gel. “I love the police department,” Cena said. “They do such a wonderful job in the community.” But Cena felt that God was calling him for something different. A graduate of Crescenta Valley High School, Cena joined the military and then made the natural progression law enforcement. “I served in Iraq for five months,” he said.
NEWS
By BRUCE CAMPBELL | January 19, 2008
How would you like to take 90 children shopping for shoes on a Saturday? Well that is what 11 members of the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club along with their families did this December in Ensenada, Mexico. The Rotary Club has informally adopted the children in the Estado 29 Orphanage located in the hills above Ensenada. The Christmas shoe-shopping trip has been a tradition of the club members for several years. This year, the ride down the hill into the Ensenada shopping area was not one of loading the kids into SUVs and making many trips down to shop.
NEWS
By BRUCE CAMPBELL | April 21, 2007
Twenty members and friends from the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club went to the Estado 29 Orphanage in Ensenada, Baja, Mexico three weekends ago. The Rotary Club adopted the orphanage several years ago and has made regular trips to Baja to build the kitchen, give and install a commercial refrigerator, do skilled housing maintenance jobs and annually take the youngsters holiday shopping in Ensenada. The orphanage has grown to house more than 90 children who have been either abandoned, abused or given up to the orphanage due to the family poverty.
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