Founded in 1997 by Jane Aronson, WWO helps transform the lives of vulnerable children, families, and communities through trauma-informed, evidence-based programming.
We work to address the unique needs and strengths of children, families and communities in each country, adapting our early childhood education, skills development, and camp programs, to meet their identified needs.
In 2019, WWO served more than 8,000 children and caregivers in Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Haiti, the US, and Vietnam.
Jane Aronson at the WWO Academy in Ethiopia with family and community members.
In 1997, Aronson founded (WWO). WWO's mission is to transform the lives of orphaned children and it accomplishes this through programs that address the medical and developmental conditions of children living in orphanages abroad. WWO was the first NGO to provide HIV+ orphans in Ethiopia and Vietnam with ARVs and has a medical mentoring program that ensures follow up treatment. WWO's major programs are in Bulgaria (Early Intervention Programs), Ethiopia (Family Health Clinic with AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the WWO Academy, an elementary school for orphans and community children, and summer camp), and in Vietnam (Early Intervention, Camp, and soon, integrated services as a USAID/NPI grantee).
WWO Ranger Program
WWO Ranger programs include the Orphan Rangers, which has been likened to a Peace Corps for orphanages, Global Arts Rangers, which brings in-country and US artists to provide workshops, teacher training, and integrated arts curricula, and Service Rangers, through which families and teens can work at an orphanage to complete a project identified by the orphanage itself.
Since 1997, WWO Rangers have worked in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, India, Ecuador, Vietnam, China, Serbia, Montenegro, and Ethiopia.
Original, peer-reviewed articles
Tottenham, N., Hare, T., Quinn, B., McCarry, T., Nurse, M., Gilhooly, T., Millner, A., Galvan, A., Davidson, M., Eigsti, I.M., Thomas, K.M., Freed, P., Booma, E.S., Gunnar, M., Altemus, M., & Aronson, J., Casey, B.J. Prolonged institutional rearing is associated with atypically larger amygdala volume and difficulties in emotion regulation. Developmental Science. 2008.
Schulte J, Maloney S, Aronson J, San Gabriel P, Zhou J, Saiman L. Evaluating acceptability ad completeness of overseas immunization records of internationally adopted children. Pediatrics. 2002; 109 (2); pp e22.
Saiman L, Aronson J, Zhou J, Gomez-Duarte C, San Gabriel P, Alonso M, Maloney S, Schulte J. Prevalence of infectious diseases among internationally adopted children. Pediatrics. 2001; 108 (3); 608–612.
Aronson J. Medical evaluation and infectious considerations on arrival. Pediatr Ann. 2000; 218–222.
Committee on Infectious Diseases. Planning for children whose parents are dying of HIV/AIDS. American Academy of Pediatrics. Committee on Pediatric AIDS, 1998–1999. Pediatrics. 1999; 103 (2): 509–511.
Committee on Infectious Diseases and Committee on Pediatric AIDS. Measles immunization in HIV-infected children. AAP Policy. 1999; 103 (5): 1057.
Committee on Pediatric AIDS and Infectious Diseases, American Academy of Pediatrics. Issues related to Human Immunodeficiency Virus transmission in schools, child care, medical setting, the home, and community. Pediatrics. 1999, 104(2): 318–324.
Aronson J, McSherry G, Hoyt L, Boland M, Oleske J, Connor E, Persaud D, Borkowsky W, Krasinski K, Bakshi S, Pitt J, Gershon A. Varicella does not appear to be a cofactor for human immundefiency virus infection in children. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 1992; 11: 1004–8
Eppinger MD, Aronson JE, Cunningham-Rundles C. Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia (PCP) in a 15 year old patient with chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis. Scand J Infect Dis. 1999;31(2): 203–6
Sivakmaran M, Nachman SA, Spitzer E, Aronson J. Meningococcal meningitis revisited: normocellular CSF. Clinical Pediatrics. 1997; 36: 351
Review, chapters and editorials
Red Book, Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, American Academy of Pediatrics. Collaborator. 2000, 2006.
Alcohol-Related Disorders and Children Adopted from Abroad. Richard P. Barth, Madelyn Freundlich, and David Brodzinsky. Adoption & Prenatal Alcohol Drug Exposure: Research, Policy, and Practice. Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and Child Welfare League Association, 2000.
Alcohol-Related Birth Defects and International Adoption. International Adoption: Challenges and Opportunities. Parent Network for the Post-Institutionalized Child, 1999.
Severe Sepsis in Infants and Children. Sepsis and Multiorgan Failure. Alan Fein, ed. Williams and Wilkins, 1997.
Luo RF, Barlow M, Nguyen HT, Aronson JE. Growth and developmental delay of HIV-infected children in an orphanage in Vietnam. Pediatric Societies’ Annual Meeting, 2005.
Roque Gordon R, Aronson JE. Evaluating immunizations in internationally adopted children. American Academy of Pediatrics 2003 National Conference and Exhibition.
Johnson DE, Aronson JE, Federici R, Faber S, Tartaglia M, Daunauer L, Windsor M, Georgieff M. Profound, global growth failure afflicts residents of pediatric neuropsychiatric institutes in Romania. The American Pediatric Society and The Society for Pediatric Research, 1999. Abstract # 734.
Aronson JE, Johnson DE, Melnikova M, Alonso M. Catch-up brain growth in children adopted from Eastern Europe and Russia. Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, May 1–4, 1999. Abstract # 1645.
Johnson DE, Aronson JE, Cozzens D, Federici J, Federici R, Pearl P, Sbordone R, Storer D, Zeanah P, Zeanah C. Growth parameters help predict neurologic competence in profoundly deprived institutionalized children in Romania. Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, May 1–4, 1999. Abstract #1447.
Aronson JE, Johnson DE, Hostetter MK, Traister M, Smith AM, Kothari V, Alonso M. Lead poisoning in children adopted from China. Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, May 1–4, 1999. Abstract #1381.
Eppinger MD, Aronson JE, Cunningham-Rundles C. Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia (PCP) in a 15 year old patient with chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis. American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. November 8–11, 1996.
Aronson JE, Who takes care of HIV-infected children on Long Island? Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescents Medicine. April 1995, p 109. Abstract #281.
Aronson JE, Reindl FJ, Marino RV. Pediatricians think that general pediatricians should be responsible for the primary care of HIV-infected children. Supplement to Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. April 1995. Abstract 280, p 109.
Aronson JE, A pediatric resident practice can assure the same immunization status as a faculty pediatric practice. American Journal of Disease in Children. April 1993. Vol 147, p 431. Abstract #65.
Aronson JE, Sex Abuse in a Suburban Community in New Jersey. Pediatric Emergency Care. 1991, p 318.
Honors and awards
2011 – Hunter College "Hall of Fame Alumni" Award
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