I've been closely involved with PSBI for more than a decade, and have watched this fine organization serve the needs of disadvantaged children/families abroad for many years. In 2012, I traveled to Vietnam/Cambodia with members of PSBI. During our trip, we visited several schools/orphanages, with one in particular serving handicapped children literally discarded by the people of Vietnam. As we toured the facility where the youngest infants were crammed into cribs, we saw a volunteer aid worker bandaging the hands and feet of several babies. When asked about this, the reply; "at night, large rats come in through the open windows and chew on their fleshy fingers and toes." What did PSBI do when they learned about this? They marshaled their high school leadership students who then worked in collaboration with PSBI to fund screens for the doors and windows protecting the children from further injury. This is just one small example of the myriad services PSBI provides in caring for the needs of the disadvantaged, while promoting the vision of Pearl Buck in teaching culture sensitivity to those who have. This organization deserves recognition and support in order to continue to help those in need, and I'm proud to play a very small part in their aide to others. The attached photo doesn't begin to demonstrate the standard of living of children in so many parts of the world, including those we visited in Cambodia. PSBI is making a difference.
PSBI has a strong and deep mission; an outstanding staff; an impressive and dedicated Board; and results which have literally changed lives for decades. One cannot help but be moved by the success stories of women and children helped by PSBI in countless ways - through adoption, through provision of health services, through assistance with education and livelihood training, through support in orphanages, and through partnership with other countries who are building their own infrastructure to assist disenfranchised children. And in addition PSBI preserves and reinforces the legacy and homestead of a remarkable woman whose humanitarian efforts complement her luminous literary accomplishments.