Building Dreams for the Impoverished

At a time when we are being inundated with stories of hatred, selfishness, apathy, violence and unrest in the world, it is refreshing to learn about people and organizations that are motivated to inject positivity. Jim Ziolkowski Founder, President and CEO of buildOn and best-selling author of ‘Walk in Their Shoes’ is one such person. His organization, armed with the goal to "break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education" has been instrumental in building 780 schools in seven countries: Burkina Faso, Haiti, Mali, Malawi, Nepal, Nicaragua and Senegal. buildOn also runs service programs at 50 high schools in seven US regions: Chicago, Detroit, New Yo

Investing in African Art

One of the many gifts my parents gave me at an early age was a love and appreciation for African art. My parents, eons ahead of their time, began collecting African masks and sculptures in the 1970s. I recall being so excited whenever they introduced a new item into our house. I was mesmerized by the intricate wood carvings with their unique designs, colors, and styles as well as the fascinating countries that they came from. I am eternally grateful that my parents ignited this flame within me. Forty years later, and I'm still just as excited about discovering and purchasing contemporary and antique African art pieces to add to my collection. Equally exciting is that my passion for African a

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