Since the beginning of the year our Giving trip group has been raising funds to complete Phase One of Angel of Mercy Home for Children. There was an open house in D.C., a Casino Night in Phoenix, a 5K in Minnesota, Book Sales in houston and bracelet sales in Chicago. There’s an Youth Supporting Youth Children’s Art Silent Auction June 1 in Minnesota with the Eastside Boys and Girls club that I am hoping will be a model for our IKAREKIDS HeART to HeART Exchange. The local kids will raise funds for the pig pen intended to provide sustainability for the home. Then, the 2nd annual Sartell Rotary Golf 4 Orphans June 15. The dream lives strong and we’re nearing our goal with only about $10,000 to go.

Each one  Giving Trip Volunteer has a great passion for the children affected by HIV/AIDS and those served by Angel of Mercy. Each one is committed to completing the project and seeing it succeed for the children. We’re anxiously looking for the end of rainy season for a ground breaking ceremony in anticipation of building brighter futures for the initial 12 HIV/AIDS orphans and the first residence of the home. Here are a few photos of the lovely children who will soon have a home of their own.

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Our Giving Trip Group had a conference call in spite of busy scdules and various time zones. Even with all of our busy schedules, we like to stay connected. We were anxious to hear from Relindis as she just returned from Cameroon.  One of the most significant  accomplishments was  identifying the orphans who will be the first residents of the home we’re helping build. The photos provide a mental picture of  those children we are helping directly and motivates us with a sense of urgency.

Rwanda’s Nibakure Children’s Village first two children in the home last summer.

Rwanda: Floriane leaves in a day or two for Rwanda. She continues her work on behalf of the children and is making preparations for an orchard that will provide not only food, but funds to sustain operations.

Floriane and I are in contact with each other often and I get the benefit of hearing first hand her efforts. They now have about 16 children in the home. Her time is now spent ensuring the children are getting the care they need daily, but still moving her vision forward. We hope to stay involved with her and her work for the long term.

Mercy Homes: India. We’ve just started building awareness and identifying a network of supporters around a project in India. I am excited to add this new partner on a new continent. Pastor Daniel has long been building homes for orphans in India. He’s built a worldwide organization to serve orphans. His model is to have two house parents,  usually a Pastor and wife take on up to 10 orphans in their home to raise as their own. I like the home-style care the children receive and  his proven record of care speaks volumes. I’ll keep everyone updated as things progress.