Category Archives: Philanthropy

Exclusive Interview: Barbara Margolies founder of IOWD

Driven by the desire to change lives, Barbara Margolies retired from her life as a Brooklyn elementary school teacher and founded the International Organization for Women and Development (IOWD). IOWD was founded to treat women in Africa suffering with obstetric fistula, a … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Life, Legacy and Leadership of Julian Bond, a Human Rights Icon

To honor Julian Bond’s achievements and to advance the teaching and interpreting of civil rights studies, the University of Virginia is seeking funds to create the Julian Bond Professorship in Civil Rights and Social Justice. Last week, Gale and I … Continue reading

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Trekking for Mountain Gorillas

There are about 700 mountain gorillas in the world, all of whom live in the forests of Rwanda and Burundi. If you wish to have the privilege of visiting them you must pay $500 for a permit plus the cost … Continue reading

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RWANDA : The Land of 1000 Hills

  The drive from Kigali to Ruhengeri, the location of National Volcano Forest, the home of the mountain gorillas, exposed the green beauty of the Reandan countryside. Every inch of the Rwandan mountains is cultivated into fields of potatoes, beans, … Continue reading

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Kigali Hospitals

Kibagabaga Hosp is the least well-funded facility in Kigali. Today, we had reason to visit a better equipped district hospital, Muhima, and an even more superior hospital , King Faisal, where financial means will indeed secure  nearly Western style health … Continue reading

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The Rwandan Genocide: “let’s learn from our history to shape a bright future”

Internecine strife in 1994 between Tutsis and Hutus led to a horrific episode in the unrest-pocked history of Rwanda. The genocide is explained in the exhibit at the Genocide Memorial Museum in Kigali and powerfully depicted in the Nyamata Church 30 kilometers … Continue reading

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AMACURU FROM RWANDA

I am in Kigali, Rwanda with the International Organization for Women’s Development, a medical humanitarian organization that travels thrice yearly to this country to address a problem that affects women in many parts of the world—obstetric fistula. Women with this … Continue reading

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Diary of a Hanky Panky Intern: “Anna-ver-Sui” Party

On Tuesday, October 4th, everybody who’s anybody ventured down to the meatpacking district to help us celebrate the 25th anniversary of “the thong that started it all.” Yes, it has already been 25 years since Gale Epstein and Lida Orzeck … Continue reading

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Hanky Panky Supports the Humane Society

Last week, Hanky Panky supported the Humane Society of the US by purchasing a table at the very posh gala held at the magnificent space in the former Bowery Bank Building on 42nd Street that is now Cipriani. The HSUS … Continue reading

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