Every now and then my heart is warmed during these cold winter days when I hear from one of our partners and how they are caring for the orphans.Our board member and fund raising coordinator Kim Anderson received an email from the founder and director of Ashirvad Orphanage outside of Tuni India. He shared how he and his wife opened their hearts and began to take in orphans…they now care for 93 in a modest complex. They aren’t independently wealthy, that’s not how it works. They need people like Kim and
200 Orphanages and Rebecca Welsh and Lacy Voight from Halo Foundation in Kansas City to raise funds to keep the kids healthy and growing. Others help them as well with day to day operations and support in building expansions when needed.
Then, there’s Relindis Moffor who started Angel of Mercy USA. She’s from Cameroon, but lives in Oakdale, MN. Her heart for the HIV/AIDS population in her home country led her to build a home for orphans infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. You should see that beautiful complex. It is soon to be home to up to 16 orphans, a care taker and staff who will help with day to day needs of the children.
Then, there’s Floriane Nibakure whose heart cried out after her country was ravaged by genocide. There were too many children taking care of children, orphans from brutality. The government gave her land and she began to build, step by step. She now has 19 children living at Nibakure Children’s Village in Rwanda.
Then, there is Chris Hoyt. He directs the NPH-Guatemala orphan home. I saw the kids loving him up when I was there last year. He welcomed each one into his arms, it was a Sunday afternoon and the kids were eating lunch. They hung by his side as he gave us a tour. They love him and its obvious he loves them. Tragedy just struck their home as one of their long time American volunteers was killed in a robbery. He and all the kids mourn, and we stand by them in their grief.
Then, there’s Pastor Daniel with Mercy Homes. He’s given his life to those in need in India and other countries as well. His work takes him to help the orphans, the elderly and the lepers. His vision is to give care to those who have no care and unfortunately the need is too great for just one man. So, he reaches out to us and others to help.
This is why we do what we do. We help them help them. My heart is broken and I know yours is too when we see the needs. I know I’m not equipped to go and be there to help. So I do what I can from here, asking you to help. We build awareness and raise funds for them. I tell you what they need and on it goes. We’re making a direct impact in the lives of the children because of you. Thank you again! We can’t do it all, but we can all do something.
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