Changing lives. Impacting the world
TIES TO THE WORLD is a non-profit organization 501 (c)(3) founded in November 2006
by Ibis Schlesinger and her late husband, Dr. John James.
Our mission is to assist orphanages to become self-sustaining through the development
of social entrepreneurial businesses. We are starting at an orphanage in Guatemala
as our pilot study. Once the business model is established, our goal is to work
with other orphanages in Latin American and then those around the world.
Our vision is to provide the tools, training, and opportunities so that children
living in orphanages can become stable citizens able to support themselves and their
families in their home countries and be able to raise their children with a chance
Ties to the World was born out the call for action by some incredible people, and
the coming together of some passions of Ibis Schlesinger. While in school in Guatemala,
she belonged to the Beneficiary Committee. Their job was to visit leprosy centers,
senior centers, and orphanages with the hope that singing and dancing for the children
and elders would bring a smile to their faces, and at least momentarily help them
forget about their pain or misery.