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Two Hands Make a Difference

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy The Wholistic Caring and Counseling Centre has a name evocative of a bright clean facility with soothing rooms, crisp linens. Maybe if it were in Irvine. The actual building, a combination orphanage, school and crisis center for young mothers in...

Tales Inspire Ties Across Cultures

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy “Education is the key to equality for women,” said Karen Dennis, chair of the American Association of University Women’s 27th annual literary lunch held last Saturday. No one disagreed. Year after year the local AAUW showcases women...

Orphanage Goes Up In Kenya

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   Living up to its name, With Our Two Hands, representatives of the Laguna Beach-based nonprofit will welcome orphans to a new home in Kenya this weekend. From funding through fruition, the seven-month, $40,000 project culminates in a ceremonial...

A Personal Memoir Reflects South Africa’s Chaos

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent   Niki Smart is living, thriving proof that transformation is possible and that a horrendous childhood can be overcome. Molested by her grandfather at 9, drinking by 12, having sex at 13, all the while living with a bizarre,...

Finding Connections a Continent Away

Guest column By Jim Van Dalfsen, Special to the Independent   We were in the squatter’s camp of Kayamandi, South Africa, to build our third orphan home with an organization that I have been involved in for the past five years, Tapestry Homes.  It was child sponsorship day....

Uprooting Myths

Editor, I guess Ms. Christoph is right, repeat something often enough and people begin to believe it, including herself (“Point of View,” Village Matters, May 6).  She claims that Eucalyptus trees with proper maintenance (they grow very fast and are expensive to maintain, are...

Rekindling Debate Over Eucalyptus

Editor,   I guess Ms. Christoph is right, repeat something often enough and people begin to believe it, including herself (“Point of View,” Village Matters, May 6).  She claims that Eucalyptus trees with proper maintenance (they grow very fast and are expensive t...

Rekindling Debate Over Eucalyptus

Editor, I guess Ms. Christoph is right, repeat something often enough and people begin to believe it, including herself (“Point of View,” Village Matters, May 6).  She claims that Eucalyptus trees with proper maintenance (they grow very fast and are expensive to maintain, are...