7 Unconventional Love Stories To Celebrate On Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, celebrate love in all its forms with GlobalGiving. These heartwarming stories from our community prove that love makes the world go ‘round.


1. A mother’s love is one of the most powerful forces on earth.

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Padmavathi’s story is proof. Not too long ago, Padmavathi struggled to communicate with and care for her son, who lives with cerebral palsy. She enrolled in a year-long program with Priyam Global Initiative. Now, she has the tools and support system she needs to cope. She has also discovered a love for helping other parents of children with special needs and serves as a Priyam ambassador. Learn more about Padmavathi’s story.

2. Some family ties have nothing to do with biology.

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After losing his mother to suicide and being abandoned by his father, 7-year-old Ujesh is now overcoming trauma through age-appropriate therapy from the Nepal Youth Foundation. Ujesh loves going to school and coming home to a big family that encourages him every day! Learn more about Ujesh’s story.

3. The bond between humans and dogs is unbreakable.

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Project Pooch trains previously incarcerated youth to care for homeless shelter dogs. Daniel impressed the shelter staff with his passion for animals so much that he is now interning there, with a dream of becoming a veterinary technician. Learn more about Daniel’s story.

4. Unconditional love helps us heal from trauma.

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After tragically losing her own children to AIDS, this grandmother is raising her grandson in her home in southwest Uganda. Though she receives no social services like medicare or child welfare, she is helping her grandchild thrive with help from the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. Learn more about the Nyaka grandmothers and their grandchildren.

5. A love of sports is a light of hope for many.

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More than 10 million children in Nigeria aren’t in school. A shortage of basic school supplies and sports facilities contributes to the problem, according to Timeout for Africa Education and Sports Foundation. The nonprofit hosts basketball clinics to inspire children and promote collaboration, teamwork, and critical thinking. Learn more about the children in Time Out For Africa’s basketball clinics.

6. Friendships make tough times more bearable.

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Fighting cancer hasn’t been easy, but getting to hang out with his mentor⁠—Jack from Children’s Cancer Association—makes Elijah’s time at the hospital a little bit brighter. Learn more about Elijah and Jack’s story.

7. Sometimes, we don’t choose love—it shows up at our doorstep!

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Head Elephant Keeper Sitheng and Lucky the elephant have been the best of friends since Lucky’s arrival at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center—supported by the Wildlife Alliance—15 years ago. Since Lucky was just a baby when she arrived, she is like a child to Sitheng. Lucky is happiest when he is by her side. Learn more about Sitheng and Lucky’s story.

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Featured Photo: Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil by Children's Joy Foundation, Inc.

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