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Love! In plain English, the best holiday gift is not a noun, but in our world, LOVE is the real thing: a verb.
Love is an action word and it’s why we do what we do, loving God and loving children in deed.
Gifts of love the verb take many forms in our world. These include helping move our mission forward in big or small ways. We’ve had RSVP volunteers stuff envelopes, we’ve had big and small kids in the classroom engage in our cause, some run marathons, create and donate works of art, some mobilize friends and families, some give money, some give services, some participate in our events some sponsor our events… the list goes on and one. All of these gifts are gifts of love to use. Verbs, (action words) not mere nouns.
Those who generously give time and talent are helping us build safety, shelter and sustainability of orphans. We can’t do it all, but we can all do something!
There are so many who want to do something for an orphan and they’ve found us. That’s love in action!~ I love the holidays…don’t you? Happy Holidays to all our friends.
I only wonder what Love will bring in 2015.
Black Friday Deal For YOU!
Today, I have Thanksgiving on my mind. And like many others, I am counting my blessings and planning my Thanksgiving Day Menu. A lot of love and care will go into preparing the Thanksgiving Day meal. We have a tradition, like so many other families, to share what we are thankful for before we say grace and eat. With the sharing, there are tears mixed with loving words. We’ve been blessed with a large family and each one in our family is a treasure.
My heart of gratitude reaches even further since I started the mission to help provide orphans safe shelter and sustainability. I was compelled to start this work because I love my family so much. I can’t imagine a child at any age being left alone in this world. I knew there was something I could do to make their lives better, so this is my something.
And I know many of you have a heart for orphans too, as many of you have friended or followed our work. For all of you who have “liked” our pages and followed our “tweets,” I’m wondering if you can take the next step and participate in our Black Friday Event.
to help us in our work starting Black Friday until Christmas, and we’ll will send you hand crafted felted mittens, a felted bird house or a neck warmer. Let’s try to make sure the orphans have a reason to celebrate Thanksgiving too!
If you’re going to fall, try to fall forward. Then, get up and look around, brush yourself off and start again from there. When I hurled myself off the cliff, endeavoring to beat the odds, start a nonprofit during the Great Recession, my mission was to do what I could to serve orphan needs. There’s been a lot of first, fails and falls… but at least we’re falling forward. I knew the work would be hard, but it’s easy to put “hard” in perspective with orphan care. “Hard” is living each day as an orphan.
So we continue the work. All the successes we claim are because we haven’t given up and because our supporters and volunteers share our passion to help orphans. It’s because of our supporters that a handful of the 150 million orphans in the world have a safe place to call home. The need is great. We can’t do it all, but we can all do something.
Each day, each week, each month and each year we fall forward. We’ve been raising awareness and funds to provide safety, shelter and sustainability for orphans for about 6 years.
We’re on the way to building our second orphan home, we’ve provided security with block walls and fences, and we’ve helped build sustainability with wells, outdoor kitchens and livestock buildings. All of this so orphans can have a safety, shelter and sustainability. And you get the benefit of knowing your funds made a direct impact in the life of an orphan. Your investment has real life returns.
And the smile on that child’s face? It’s because of you.
I have the privilege of working with many talented and generous people. More examples of those practicing deliberate generosity. Today, I’m introducing three dedicated individuals who each decided on their own they want to do something for orphans in need. They found us on volunteermatch.org as they sought out opportunities. Today they are making our mission their own. Each oneusing their talents and skills to help our partners build awareness and funds about building projects that will better serve the orphans in their care. We can’t do it all but we can all do something.
They each took the next step after learning about what we do. They said… how can I help.
Diana Ricketson lives in Atlanta and her mission is to help make life better for orphans from right where she is. She’s engaging her marketing and social networking skills to that end. Her heart and motivation inspires me. She lives for likes, so do us a favor… like our page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/200Orphans
Dorie Lincoln also took the next step and connected with us when she heard about our mission. She’s developing skills in coding and web design. Well, guess what we needed! Dorie is helping us enhance our image and soon we’ll see the results of her dedication and effort. She too has a heart for orphans and using her skills and talents to make the life of an orphan just a bit brighter. Watch for our new site in the next few months.
Albert Hur engaged with us almost two months ago and is intense about helping our cause through social networking. His goal is to engage our followers and friends and see results through making a greater impact building projects for the orphans. For him, results are in people pressing that GIVE button and following up with a donation!
The best thing is, they all have embraced the vision and are doing what they can to make a difference. They are so much fun to work with I can only say thank you. Each one brings joy to my heart and a smile to my face. Our virtual meetings are delightful and I can only see more orphans having safety, shelter and sustainability as a result.
We can’t do it all… but we can all do something.
Thank you Diana! Dorie! Albert. You rock.
We recently were made aware of a few needs from our partners–a chicken coop in Tanzania and four wells in India. We shared the needs with two friends with generous hearts who decided they would meet the needs.
The gratitude is obvious on the faces of the children. The orphan girls at Janada Batchelor Foundation for Children in Tanzania now have meat to eat more often and can sell their product at the market. Being sustainable is critical and we are happy our supporter made that happen.
The4 clean water wells in India were funded recently and will provide water for orphan homes and the community at large. Imagine having access to clean water for the first time in your life. One person with a heart for clean water made that happen.
We are so touched by the deliberate generosity of our friends.
We are reaching out to our friends and supporters to help build a fence around the Montessori school at NPH-Guatemala. The cost is $1800 and all the funds donated will go directly to the fence. If you’d like to help, donate online from our website. You can make a child smile today!
We Can’t Do it all, but we can all do something!
It’s been about a month since I returned from a 10 day trip to Guatemala and I’ve had time to ponder the experience. One of the best decisions I made was to take the time to visit NPH Guatemala, an orphan home in San Andres, Itzapa. I’ve known about NPH since we started 200 Orphanages as we helped NPH Haiti expand their orphan home after the earthquake in 2009.
This visit was my first to an NPH home and included our Guatemalan daughter and her family. It was also my husband’s first trip to an orphanage. Their hearts were touched beyond words and not only were their emotions moved, they made decisions to take action to do something to help an orphan in some way.
We visited on a Sunday and so the kids were all enjoying a relaxing day of fun and fellowship with volunteers and weekend staff. When we arrived, on-site director Chris Hoyt was out for a run with some of the older kids. We arrived a bit late and so we were met by one of the staff members until Chris and the running entourage returned.
To see NPH on a weekend, when the kids are free to play and enjoy their day was especially moving. They wandered up freely to Chris and the other staff for hugs and loving greetings and were met with hugs and greetings in return. The mutual love was apparent reflecting founder Father Wasson’s original vision that every child in the home is part of a loving family. In this case, a family of 300! But each child is special and is given individualized care and love. I am so touched by this wonderful organization. It is one of the many I am proud to support. It’s heart warming to see the vision of the founders be lived out day by day through staff and volunteers.
So many things about the organization touched me. It is an example of the kind of partners we seek to help. They provide loving care to the orphans from infant to adulthood. The kids are well cared for and sustained by sponsors and receive food, clothing, education and medical care. There is a large garden that the kids help with that provides food day to day for the kids, along with livestock. Children take turns doing their part in the kitchen, cleaning, everything a child would do in a family. Each one has responsibilities and is encouraged to help their siblings. The farm is a large part of their operations, and takes a lot to keep up. Chris mentioned they could use more chickens and cattle, so if you want to help let us know. The kids don’t get meat very often, just once a week. As you can imagine, 300 mouths are a lot to feed!
I was impressed that the life of each child is important and a holistic approach is taken when considering their care. I love this. Children need individual guidance and even more so as they approach adulthood. NPH provides that. Once a child is older, he/she is able to learn a trade in the on-site vocational training, such as welding, baking, sewing and carpentry. Others who qualify for university are sponsored an NPH Guatemala had the largest number of children in their history attend University last year.
The NPH children are raised to be productive members of the family and the larger community. Children in the NPH family are asked to volunteer for a year of service in one of the NPH homes after they leave NPH. Many do, and many are the current leaders of the homes in one capacity or another.
NPH cares for special needs children as well, and there is also a Montessori school. The Montessori school needs a fence that we’d like to fund. If you’d like to adopt this project, let me know! You can underwrite the whole fence, or any part of it. The total cost is $1800. Click here to donate. Write NPH Fence in the comments if you donate online!
We can’t do it all, but we can all do something!
Think about the people in your life and if you have room or want to make room, there are lots of things you can do.You can mentor a child with groups like Big Brothers Big Sisters, you can adopt a child as your own, you can sponsor a child’s education or living expenses, you can help us raise awareness and funds to provide safety, shelter and sustenance for orphans. You can help us help them.
There may be ways to move things around in our lives, in our hearts even and make room for just one more. If we ACT, SHARE OR GIVE, if we all just made room for one more, what a different world this would be! I know many of you have already made room, but if not you can join our Giving Hearts Club! You can help us help them, and participate in building an orphan home, click on the photo and get started!
We can’t do it all, but we can all do something!
I made a choice a few years ago to think of time spent in the same terms as money. If time and talents were resources to be invested or spent, what am I spending mine on? It’s easier to track with money, you spend and get something in return. It’s easy to see what you’ve purchased. But, what about time and talents? It’s not as tangible, but your return is just as real.
So, with that comparison, I decided to deliberately spend my time and talents on things that I believed mattered the most, my family, and faith and the orphans. Today, I deliberately choose to spend my time and talents to help orphans knowing I can’t do it all, but I can do something.
I started 200 Orphanages Worldwide more than 5 years ago and since then, we’ve made it part of our mission to encourage deliberate generosity in others. With the support of others, we’ve helped provide safety and shelter at 8 different partners. We’ve built security walls in Haiti, Uganda and Rwanda. We’ve helped orphan homes with sustainable agricultural projects in Rwanda, Cameroon and Tanzania. We’ve built two orphan homes, one in India and one in Cameroon and expanded another in Haiti. We’ve helped complete dining halls in India and Tanzania. These projects were completed because of deliberate generosity.
We all have one life to spend and limited resources… so join me in making life count. Consider deliberate generosity as your way of life by sharing a portion of your time and talents on something you’re passionate about. We’d love to have your help providing safe shelter for orphans in 2014. You really can do a world of good.
“Does the road wind up-hill all the way?
Yes, to the very end.
Will the day’s journey take the whole long day?
From morn to night, my friend.”
This describes many of our lives, so we better be enjoying what we do! My work on behalf of the orphans is a daily climb, sometimes up, sometimes down… but I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else with my time, talent and energy.
I love what I do, because I know that it matters. I also know that I can’t do it all, but I can do something. So, today, I am climbing another hill! Many of you know that Dec. 3 is set aside as a national day of giving…how perfect… right? Right before Christmas…Yes I know.
I am so blessed to know so many generous people, so many who labor and give. I know it’s not always about giving money, but often it’s time and talents that are as valuable. So, with that, my heart is filled with gratitude knowing we can’t do it all, but we can all do something. As I hear reports from our partners across the globe, their something is providing brighter futures for the orphans with loving, daily care.. As donors and supporters, your something is helping finance our partner projects in some way.
It’s important for you to know that your donated funds are sent directly to our partners for the project. You and your gifts are making a direct impact in the lives of orphans in need. My part is to continue our mission of helping our partners raise awareness and funds for building projects to better serve orphans in their care. When you donate, you become my partner in this work. It warms my heart to know that children we may never meet will have a home to call their own and for the first time in their young lives they have a sense of well being and hope for a brighter future. Here’s how you can help today. Go to this link and donate at any level. Then please share this link http://goto.gg/15248 on your friend network.
We’ll have matching opportunities through this campaign so give when you can! Tuesday Dec. 3 is one of those days. I’m reaching out to as many individuals as I can to personally for a donation of any kind. Our goal is 40 donors and $4,000. So, I’m going to at the very least be contacting 40 of you! Up Hill all the way my friend! The close of that poem reads:
Thank you in advance for helping complete the orphan home in India. Beds for all who come!
Thank you for joining me Up Hill!
Could there be a better time of year to share a gift with a child in need? Thanksgiving is the perfect time to remember those who have so little. Our Global Giving Campaign is now live and we’re encouraging our friends to donate at any level toward the Mercy Home project in Kerala India.
Click on the button, or go to our Project Page and consider making a monthly gift at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/provide-10-orphans-a-home-of-their-own/?show=recurring.
You can be a part of helping the kids in Kerala India be home for the holidays.
I’ll be sharing a video that gives you a glimpse of just a few of the lovely children cared for by Mercy Homes. It touches my heart each time I see the kids smile as I am sure it touches yours. I am so blessed to be a part of their lives. You can donate at any level. It takes so little to make a child smile! We know we can’t do it all, but we can all do something.
Happy Thanksgiving Week!