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Giving What You Have To Give:
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When I started this work more than a decade ago, I never dreamed I’d receive such joy in return for simply giving what I had to give. Every day, I get to see that same joy in donors, volunteers and supporters as they, too, give of what they have.

When sharing the 200 Orphanages story, people instinctively seek ways to help. There are more examples than I can count of people being inspired to do something.

Our most recent grassroots campaign is building the Ambassador Circle… person to person, one by one.  We’re encouraging our Orphan Ambassador’s to organize simple, intimate gatherings we like to call a PartyWithPurpose. 

TORIE RYNNING: DYI PR GURU…
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I met Torie Rynning, our “PartyWithPurpose” campaign creator at a netwtorieorking event through Washington Nonprofits last year (Thank you Washington Nonprofits). She shared her company’s PR efforts to help small organizations create their own PR Toolkit. I was intrigued and because of my marketing background, thought Torie’s vision for small organizations and companies is spot on. That being said, I was able to share the 200 Orphanages story with her.

It was about two months later Torie reached out and wanted to volunteer. Before we were finished talking, partywithpurpose2she agreed to help organize a PR online PartyWithPurpose toolkit. With Tories’ toolkit, ANYONE can host a PartyWithPurpose. This fits our strategy for 2019 to build awareness one on one, and expand the vision. Torie and Angela are putting the finishing touches on the toolkit as we speak.

Last November, lindaparty8.jpgOrphan Ambassador Linda Hanson organized our first PartyWithPurpose in Blaine, Minnesota. Linda never dreamed she’d raise $5,180 among 22 friends and family in one night. But, what I see is that something happens when you share your home and heart with frien20190215_175253.jpgds, they give what they have and God multiplies.

The February snows wreaked havoc in Washington, so Torie’s Feb. 9 Birthday PartyWithPurpose was rescheduled. Fortunately, Cindy Moffitt’s A Gathering Place Colorado went off without a hitch! She and her group raised about $2,595with her PartyWithPurpose. This too was a first for Cindy, and she rallied her friends in Lyons, Colorado.

With Cindy’s funds, and after a $4,000 match for Linda’s event, $11,775 is ready and waiting. The cost is $12,790. We’re hoping to make up the difference for the project with non-designated donations to complete the project! Thank you everyone that you gave of what you had!

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Remaining: $995.00

As I watch Torie’s vision, Linda and Cindy’s mobilizing and the other who have scheduled a gathering… I am filled with gratitude. The 200 Orphanage vision involves raising awareness and funds for safety, shelter and sustainability, but also includes mobilizing others for good and others are catching the vision!

We’re building Orphan Ambassador Circle and You can be a part of the good! Sign up below and we’ll get back to you to discuss your own PartywithPurpose!

 

 

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I’m just finishing up mailing our family Christmas/Hanukkah cards, determined to get them out before the New Year.  Feeling pretty good about that! They go in the mail tomorrow.

So, now, I’m taking a few minutes for a time of reflection and gratitude. I had cause to look back on an old Flickr account and discovered some photographs from Angel of Mercy in Cameroon when the construction of Serenity Homes was just underway.  I contrast that with the kids who live in the lovely home now and it truangelofmercykidsly warms my heart. It started with a vision, then vacant land, then red dirt honed by hand into bricks and today it’s a fully integrated home to 16 children affected by HIV/AIDS. What a joy to see the work we helped with come to fruition and kids having a safe place to grow up in.

The photos cause me to celebrate. It reminded me that the big and small gifts from a loving community of givers, each doing their part to remember the orphan, that makes these dreams into reality.  Those Flickr photos remind me of the supporter who created the iron bar winwindowforangelofmercy.jpgdow design that beautified the protective bars on the windows necessary for security in the dorm rooms in Cameroon. More recently, a Minnesota company donated time and talent to create a beautiful mosaic tile nameplate out of hand made mosaic tiles. Each tile touched with hands of love that would beautify the space where girls in Tanzanlindaparty8ia go to be refreshed. Then there’s the volunteer who never dreamed of being a fundraiser, pulling off a great house to house event with a small group of loving people who helped in a big way. And even the volunteer studying abroad who tried to coordinate time schedules to continue helping the orphans have safety, shelter and sustainability. For these gifts I am grateful!

Please don’t ever think what you do is ‘nothing.’ To us, it’s everything. There are so many ways to show the orphans we remember them, and know this: It takes only a little to make a big impact! Each one of us has a gift to give. These are just a few and as we always say, “We can’t do it all, but we can all do something.”

Looking forward to 2019, we are going deeper and wider still. Our partners need funds to complete projeIMG_20180330_170054cts and others will have new ones online soon.  We also continue  establishing a solid foundation for sustainability. This is what we require of our partners, and we require it of ourselves as well. We seek partner donors to help with projects, but also a select few who designate investments into the organization’s longevity. Our primary reason for existence is providing safety, shelter and sustainability and are planning for the long-term.

Looking back on this work, just reviewing our website and the current and complete projects astounds me. I encourage you to do the same. What we are doing together for the child in need is truly amazing. Doing a small part in providing the basic needs of safety, shelter and sustainability for the vulnerable ones in the world is satisfying work. I’m going to do my best to make 2019 even bigger and better.

I am ever grateful for your gifts. JH

 

Thanks for Giving.

nino1Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and it’s not only because of the turkey and dressing. It’s as much about the original Thanksgiving celebration that Abraham Lincoln designated a national holiday. Each year we remember the Pilgrims setting out to realize dreams of religious freedom. And, since 1864, Americans set aside one day as a nation to be grateful for all our blessings. And I am grateful… everyday.

What strikes me this Thanksgiving, is that 200 Orphanages is celebrating its 10th anniversary of helping provide orphans safe shelter. I think of the Pilgrims those many years ago needing help to survive, too. The Native Americans happily gave expertise and no doubt supply as well. I know the Pilgrims gave thanks to God for provision, but also gave thanks to those who helped them survive.

“Thanks for Giving” bubbles up from deep inside of me this year as I am grateful for your gifts to the orphans, past, present and future.

I’m in awe and am grateful to donors, volunteers, supporters of all kinds. From the very beginning when the thought of doing something for orphans was just a seed planted in my heart during a trip to Ayacucho Peru, when I shared the vision, your eyes lit up and you wanted to help. Year after year, I am humbled by your gifts, both big and small, monetary or in-kind.

What astonishes and blesses me is that our vision to provide safety, shelter and sustainability to orphans strikes a chord in you, too. You WANT to help and with love, compassion and INTENTIONAL GENEROSITY, you freely and happily give. It is because of this, today I bow my heart to God and give thanks, but also I am grateful to you for helping provide the orphan with safety, shelter and sustainability. It means in essence, your gifts provide the orphan a foundation for a happy and productive life. This is what your gifts mean to the abandoned child. And for that, I am grateful.

Thanks For Giving! JH

 

 

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Meet the Pequinias at NPH Mexico

by Jan Hanson, Exec. Director/Founder

            In April 2018, I traveled from Phoenix to Mexico with Belinda Rhodes, Development Director with NPH International Southwest Office. Our partnership with NPH started shortly after 200 Orphanages started in 2008. I met the former director of NPH and immediately felt a kinship with their work raising funds to support NPH mission to orphans in Mexico, Central America, Haiti and South America. Our first project ever was to help rebuild NPH Haiti after the devastating earthquake destroyed buildings, killed thousands, including an American volunteer with NPH Haiti. We’ve also worked with NPH Guatemala on a variety of projects.

Belinda invited me to visit the NPH Mexico to see the repairs and other damage from the earthquake in Mexico in September 2016. One of our Board members, Keith Hanson, visited as well. He’s has years of experience as a Pastor and youth pastor leading mission trips, so as our Group Project Coordinator, he brings a fresh and unique perspective to the site.

For me, visiting partner sites allows me to meet the children and staff, observe how the children are cared for and in this case to see the earthquake damage on the buildings and infrastructure. I also see first-hand the progress on the projects our donors helped complete. In this case, the earthquake damage was extensive on the main site, and the high school dormitory and school. NPH Donors generously answered the call for help, and repairs are well underway. 200 Orphanage donor Fred Cornforth and his company CDI from Boise, provided funding for repairs of the stone wall outside the kindergarten.

When we arrived, Belinda and her staff proudly gave us a tour showing us the completion of the repairs to damage and to the stone wall our donors funded. NPH cares for the whole child to adulthood. The care includes excellence in education, they look after their physical and mental health, and provide medical care, and therapy when required.  We were also given a tour of the farm that provides sustainability. We walked alongside the fields where the sugar cane and corn is grown and used in making corn tortillas, a diet staple. We watched the kids do chores, such as cleaning the grounds and doing their laundry. We even saw as the staff and kids harvest and clean the fish raised in the onsite aquaponics operations. The kids’ diets are managed well and they are served various nutritional meals three times a day.

There is much more to be done to repair the homes, and Volunteer Coordinator Keith Hanson is bringing a team from CDI to assist NPH in completing two bathrooms in the boys dormitory at the high school in downtown Cuernavaca Mexico. There are discussions around improvements to the kindergarten playground as well. Such a blessing for these Pequinas!

An additional highlight was meeting many of the beautiful children being cared for by NPH. The young ones are lively and full of energy, reminding me of my grandchildren back home. They like M&Ms, that’s for sure and they’re picky returning the yellow ones and asked for the blue ones!

My heart was also touched watching Belinda enjoy one of her Goddaughters she sponsors. One of her jobs while visiting the sites is to take photos of the children for their sponsors back in the states. Belinda delivered letters and gifts to the children. We were honored to meet adults who grew up at NPH and are now well into building lives of their own. They each talked about how important the sponsor was to their success in life.

There is a lot of love surrounding the four hundred children on the main site, as well as the 160 teens at the high school dorm and school.

There are two projects in the works at NPH Mexico. One is to complete the boy’s dorm bathrooms that were damaged in the earthquake. The new bathrooms will have private showers and stalls.

The love and care NPH gives the kids in need is impressive and heartwarming. NPH’s motto is ‘Raising children, Building Lives’… I am so glad I was able to see first-hand their successes over and again.

 

 

With every end, there’s a new beginning. And with the end of 2017, I look forward to 2018 with great anticipation. It’s at this writing, we’re already 21 days into 2018…with 344 days to go in 2018.

Last year, you made it an amazing year for the kids we serve. Because of your individual support, Founding Donor Fred Cornforth with his company CDI, along with other long time donors, all of our partner projects have been funded.

 

Last year your contributions built safe latrines for a boys home in Kenya, a security wall around the Gulu Girls Home in Uganda, a clean water well that will soon provide water for a neighborhood as well as a special needs home in Haiti. You helped remodel the special needs dorm to provide physical therapy in Guatemala and funded repairs after the earthquake for the stone wall at the NPH in Mexico. There’s more: Your support helped repair Serenity Homes for Angel of Mercy in Cameroon, you helped house thirty boys with the construction of the boys home in Tanzania.

 

Your funds helped tile the library floor in Tanzania, you helped buy a tractor and build a greenhouse. Your funds built a sick room for the kids in Ashirvad, you provided Solar pump and lights for the compound and a small group of you organized to raise funds for books for the Library in Ashirvad India. You also helped complete the dormitory for the orphans in Myanmar and early in the year funds repaired the security wall in Cambodia.

DSC_9042That means your support helped touch the lives of orphans in Haiti, Cambodia, Mexico, Guatemala, Myanmar, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon and Uganda. That’s 10 countries in one year and it’s because of you!

For the past 10 years, you have come alongside our work, as we have raised awareness and funds to provide safety, security and sustainability. July of 2018 is our 10th anniversary year. We’d love to invite 10 or more supporters to partner with us and help organize a small gathering or fundraiser to help us raise awareness or funds for a project you care about.

I know you all care deeply for the well being of the orphans and even though we can’t do it all, we can all do something! In a few weeks, I’ll be sharing the projects for 2018. You can adopt a project and help donate or raise funds to complete it.

So… let me ask you….what kind of fundraiser would you be able to organize? A golf event? A 5K? A Walk-A-Thon? A Silent auction? A Gala? A breakfast? There are ideas galore and you and your friends get to make a difference in the lives of orphans!

If you want to mobilize friends, family, your club, your group…let me know and we can make it happen! Just fill out this form to get started!

 

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My sister in law, Linda Hanson and I ventured out to Tanzania to do a site visit at Mainsprings, JBFC  in Mwanza just off Lake Victoria in early November. I like to go to the projects our donors support and give a first-hand report. Here it is!

DSC_8904Mainsprings-JBFC- works to give vulnerable girls holistic care, including safety, shelter, medical care and excellence in education…all the things necessary for a bright future. They also help alleviate extreme rural poverty in Tanzania. 200 Orphanages has been partnering with JBFC for almost nine years. We recently had donors fund a tractor and greenhouse, and since I haven’t ever visited the site, this year was the year.

I was surprised when Linda agreed to go. She’s not the travel-to-the-hinterlands kind of gal… but it was placed on her heart and she replied with an almost immediate “YES”. She amazed me at every turn on long uncomfortable flights, unfamiliar foods and unrelenting lizards.

We prepared for months and Linda organized a craft project we could do with the school kids all around gratitude. How perfect, being Thanksgiving would soon be upon us back home. She had the kids write what they are thankful for and it seems there is a lot of gratitude with these little ones for rice, sun and rain. Mainly because the words are easy to spell and happen to be written on the chalkboard. The greater challenge for us was translating the question “What are you thankful for?” It loses something in the Swahili translation, but we persevered and the kids came away with some really nice gratitude pumpkins. Even the teachers and staff kept them front and center in their rooms.

lindacraftingEach day of our trip was meaningful. We especially loved our reading buddies. We enjoyed daily prayer organized and implemented by the girls. We were inspired seeing the Girls Government in action. Seth, the COO onsite manager, instigated the Girls Government about four years ago. Now, the girls manage all of their own affairs, including discipline encouraging respect and cooperation. We were told that even when a new sister is introduced to the home, the girls rally to her aid. They make sure her first days and weeks are bearable. They provide the love and care a family would until the new one settles in. The maturity, confidence and leadership skills the girls get to practice in this system is evident in their interactions and will no doubt serve them in years to come.

lindareading-e1511813355566.jpgThe trip warmed our hearts. Each day was filled with hugs from our new friends. We felt so welcome and loved. Linda and I spent time reading with our reading buddies, learning Swahili from our student teachers, touring the village with student leader Imma.  We were treated to dinner in the village at the home of staff member Miriam. (Thank you Miriam and family)  We can understand just a bit what it took to serve that lovely meal. To serve us, you had to butcher one of your chickens, use gathered wood to start a fire to cook the sauce, the rice and the chicken. And Miriam served us home made raised donuts… a wonderful treat common to Tanzania. To serve us, you had to use the water you or your family carried from the community well to make the dough for the donuts. We know you had to clean the dining room and make sure the solar lamp is charged to light up the room after dark. It’s no small task to serve a group dinner in a village in Tanzania, which made us savor the meal and the memory so much more.

DSC_8938 - Copy - CopyAt the resort next to the compound, we learned from Jackson, about growing up Masai. Jackson is Papa’s Cafe’s manager and he works hard. He also cleans the Bungalows and ensures the guests are taken care of. Jackson even rescues lizards hiding under couch pillows for surprised guests. Linda and I even went on a safari and enjoyed God’s natural beauty all around us for a day. We had the farm tour with Edward, the onsite agronomist. He shared his expertise with such pride as he walked us around the garden and showed off his cucumbers and tomatoes in the greenhouse. The tractor we funded was used to spread manure and will soon be active again plowing ground for new crops. We were amazed that seemingly acres and acres of kale will be eaten by the kids at the school and the home. Some will be given to the village, but it is just enough! Edward is passionate about his farm and is up for the task if they need to grow more!DSC_9025

The only thing we both have to say about the trip is that God met us at every turn. He is bigger than our fears. Our faith was activated a few times and gratefully we didn’t die. (smile) Fortunately the Masai who guard the complex kept us safe from the pirates we imagined were invading the shoreline one dark and stormy night. That didn’t happen, but our imaginations sure had us going! We do however acknowledge the angels keeping busy maneuvering the wayward wheel that became unhinged from our Safari vehicle, spinning off out of control into the darkness after a day on washboard roads from our Safari. Yikes. This did happen and we are grateful no one was hurt.

girlumbrella.jpgSo, we continue to process our time with the girls, staff and managers. We have been stretched beyond ourselves and we have grown. We miss the girls after even the short time together, their lovely smiles, their sweet spirits penetrated our souls. We’ll be with them in prayer and do what we can from far away to help make their lives just a little bit brighter.

preciousgirlsI am pleased that the partner we’ve worked with all these years is doing such a mighty work, keeping the girls safe, but preparing them so well for the brightest of futures. You are a part of this fine work and I am grateful to all our supporters and donors.

Happy Thanksgiving and A Happy Holiday Season to you and yours!

Jan

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated Palm Sunday, one of the great Christian holy days. We went to church and the message centered on the Bible story when throngs of people waved Palm leaves and laid them on the path as Christ entered Jerusalem on a donkey.  The spontaneous crowds honored him using what they had.

Four words from the message have been rolling around in my head: “Use what you have.”

This has meaning to me because this is what I do each day on behalf of the orphans. Sometimes I wake up and my motivation is low, so I pour another cup of coffee and start using what I have. I write that email, call that donor, read the funds request and take action. What I do never seems like much, but I’ve seen that if I just do what I am supposed to do every day, no matter how big or small, and if I just use what I have, things happen. I faithfully take the next step to move the mission forward. I use my passion, I use voice, I use my talents and skills, I use my gifts, and I use my time. I use what I have. And, our partners have the same mind.

RelindsandemanuelRelindis Moffor started Angel of Mercy for those infected with HIV/AIDS in her home country of Cameroon. She saw people suffering and had to do something. She worked two jobs, one paid for her and her family’s livelihood, and the other supported those she cared for in Cameroon. Relindis paid her staff in Cameroon, bought the medicines, provided housing for the homeless and she offered microloans to the women who needed funds to start businesses to support themselves. Relindis used what she had.

img-20160801-wa0064Partners Raja and Sudha Sekher in India saw the many children in and around the villages around Tuni India who were left fatherless and living in extreme poverty. They had to do something. They didn’t have much to give, but they used what they had to begin caring for the children in need, and now they care for more than 100 orphan children.

chrisgatesAnd then there’s Chris Gates from Tulsa Oklahoma who traveled with his grandmother when he was 15 years old to Tanzania. The experience set the path for his young life and his heart was forever in Tanzania. He set his heart and used what he had. He and his family have built a home for 50+ vulnerable girls in Tanzania and have a school that serves more than 500 students.

I could go on and on. Our partners are the workers on the ground every day who are changing lives and it all got started because they were willing to use what they had.

You probably do this already, but if not… and if you see a need and have a passion to help, set your heart toward the goal and get started using what you have. You don’t have to start something on your own, either. You can join those who are already doing something like we did.

You’ll never know what you can do until you get started!

Use. What. You. Have.

 

I know it’s almost April, and that 2017 is marching steadily along. I feel as if I’m just jan2getting started on very important things for our partners this year. So here we go!

First of all, much of my time in 2017 has been spent with my grandchildren in Arizona. They are filled with such joy when they see me and I can’t get enough of that! To make things even better, there’s a new baby in our family in Washington. Holding that little one reminds me again why I have such a heart for the orphans. When I hold her close in my arms, and put my face to hers, my heart floods with love so strong. This new life has a loving mom and dad and two very loving sisters. She has aunts and cousins, another set of grandparents, great grand parents and many great aunts and uncles. What a joyous way to start her life.

But, then I remember. There are so many children who don’t have a large loving family to shower them in this kind of love and it breaks my heart. I know it breaks your heart too and that’s why you have partnered with us to make life better for these dear ones.

I’m so proud of you and blessed that you love the orphans too. Last year, your love was expressed with generous donations. Your love dug a well for children and communities in India who didn’t have water. It’s hard to even understand what that would be like, and

you get that. Your love bought 100 orphans in India a bus so that as a family the kids can go on outings and be brought safely to school and back. Your love and generosity provided windows and concrete work toward finishing the dormitory for 80 orphans in Burundi. And your love sent funds to provide clean water for the 500 students, the orphans and the local villagers through a bored well. Your love repaired a dining hall roof in Cambodia and as we speak, a security wall and buildings are being repaired and painted. Your love provided screens for a girls orphan dormitory in Uganda. Your love allowed a special needs orphans group in Haiti get a bus to transport volunteers who provide medical, physical therapy and other necessary support for the orphans and families. You even loved the kids at Ashirvad in India enough to help them have their own library. There was a lot of love spread around the world for orphans last year because you cared so much!

Some of the work you funded is still in progress. I expect to get photo updates of the security wall in Cambodia and the bus is expected to arrive in Haiti in early May. The bored well company in Burundi will soon begin its work to provide the children at the school much needed fresh water for their sustenance and I will update with photos and stories.

images-duckduckgo-comThis year’s projects include a tractor and greenhouse in Tanzania and finishing raising funds for the dormitory in Burundi.

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Other projects include remodeling the NPH- Guatemala special needs dormitory to make room for physical therapy rooms, a generator and well for a new family home for a special needs orphan in Haiti, an additional dormitory to separate the boys and girls at Serenity Homes for Angel of Mercy in Cameroon. There’s talk of a school for the kids in Ashirvad and other needs along the way.

There are so many ways for you to show your love again as the year goes on. Here’s  link for you if you want to help today!

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Thanks for caring and sharing!

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Not sure when it began in me–this passion to help orphans. But I remember my response–it was immediate and with my whole being.

Orphans. I thought it unbelievable that someone would have to go through that experience, but I knew early in my life I wanted to do something about it. It’s heart-rending to me.

Orphans. An earthquake, a tsunami, devastation brought on by economic distress or war–disease, all are life up-ending events. Some areas are hit by two or even more of these unfortunate occurrences… and what is the collateral damage?

Orphans. The kids…and they are just kids. It’s the kids who are left on their own, some will die, some will be exploited, and yet some, in fact, will find caring people who’ll take them in.

We can’t do it all, but as a growing group of caring people at 200 Orphanages World Wide, we are doing something about it, every chance the opportunity to help presents itself.

Next time you see something–something devastating–think about the kids left behind, then act! Rather than turn your head or heart from the TV or your laptop, think about the $25 you can spare, knowing there’s group of people, just like you, who are dedicated to doing something to help.

Orphans: Respond to the needs when you hear of them.  Give generously or with your time. There are MANY ways you can take action. Think about approaching a service group like Rotary, Lions, or Kiwanis, any number of groups like churches, or even schools–I even know of one 4th grade elementary class that raised $1280.00 for an orphanage in Mexico. There’s a service group that sent 25 members to help run a medical and dental clinic for 250 orphans in Haiti that needed the care. Have a yard sale at your church, synagogue or mosque, or do one together, making it a cross-faith experience! See your community, not by who’s a member here or there, but as a group of people that can rally together in response to devastation when it hits. When we come together, in response to the collateral damage impacting kids, we emerge, in a collateral beauty and goodness, seen all too rarely. The goodness of people comes out when we are working together, with a force far stronger than anything nature can conjure, far more reaching than any war raged by man.

Next time you see a need, look, observe, feel, sense and see, THEN respond. Move toward the solution, and away from denial or being overwhelmed. Working together, people helping people, because its the right thing to do, because then a collateral beauty will emerge.

Guest Blogger C. Fred Cornforth,
Co-Founder 200 Orphanages Worldwide
Chief Executive Officer, CDI Group of Companies|
Garden City, ID

windowinstall16What an amazing year we had in 2016 thanks to you. Best of all, our partners around the world and the children they serve have been blessed beyond measure because or YOU. I am touched so deeply because I feared the project requests in 2016 were almost insurmountable. But today I am overjoyed as many family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, even acquaintances were moved to help the children have safety, shelter and sustainability. In 2016 we exceeded the amount we set out to raise and got a start on other projects for 2017. I realize that we are all in this together-this desire to help orphans in need. That inspires me so much! I am filled with gratitude and motivated for 2017.

Last year donors contributed enough to send more than $80,000 to projects that serve orphans. More than $91,000 came in for projects and will be used as each donor designated. Thank you so much for your love for the orphans.

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How did this happen? YOU DID IT! So many longtime supporters continue to donate and gave more than ever to the needs of our partners as they provide safety, shelter and sustainability for orphans. I am so touched that so many continue to share the vision to help our partners care for the day to day needs of orphans in their care.

You rallied around our partners and helped replace a roof on a dining hall in Cambodia, buy not just one school bus, but two, one for Ashirvad in India and one for MyLifeSpeaks in Haiti. Both these bus projects mean the world to the kids. In Ashirvad, Raja and Sudha drive the bus with 100+ kids around as a family. They go to the beach, to school and on field trips as one very large family! In Haiti, volunteers, the life-blood of MylifeSpeaks, will use the bus to visit homes, take special needs orphans to medical appointments, training and more. The Ashirvad Children Home’s library is being finished off with tile on the floor and tables and chairs so kids can study and read in a comfortable quiet place. Soon we’ll be hearing about water in Burundi being accessible to the students, staff and surrounding community… and one day the orphans in the dormitory will be filled with laughing children. We have watched the windows and doors get installed on the dormitory and now we’re watching as the concrete is being poured for interior floors and walls. Step by step that dormitory will be completed. Just watch!

So, what’s next?

This year, the first quarter of 2017, we’re creating three small campaigns. One campaign will finish the dormitory in Burundi. We’ll need about $11,500. The next two projects are the tractor for $8,000 and a green house for $4,000 in Tanzania. images-duckduckgo-comThe campaigns, the Ty Tractor Campaign and Dylan Green House Project, will serve the JBFC Girls home in Tanzania. Agriculture is so important for sustainability in developing countries, and JBFC benefits greatly with their agricultural projects. Late last year, Ty and Dylan Irish, sons of Jeffrey Irish in Idaho, donated funds to the tractor and the Green House projects on our site.I feel compelled to get that tractor (8,000) and greenhouse ($4,000)  funded as soon as possible! You can help!

We’ll be reaching out to the rest of our partners shortly to learn of their needs in the coming year. We know one or more of their projects will tug on your heartstrings and we look forward to working with you to make life better for orphans all around the world.

Look out 2017… here we come!

 

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