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

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 for success.

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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.

Welcome to Ties To The World "With the same amount of funds required to support an orphanage for one year, we can create a business and assist the orphanage to become self-sufficient for many years to come."

Ibis Schlesinger

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