I really love our mission statement, because it describes exactly what we do. It’s simple. It’s straightforward.  “We help partner organizations raise funds and awareness for building projects to better serve orphans in their care.”

We’re a small nonprofit with an over-sized vision. We hope to one day have helped 200 orphanages worldwide… and each day, with each supporter, we are grateful and at times astonished, as we take two steps forward and one step back! But we’re moving ahead! We have been effective helping 8 so far…192 more to go!

And you are a part of the vision. We’ve been marching ahead for 5 years taking you along with us on this journey. You’ve helped build fences, security walls, wells, outdoor kitchens, latrines and most recently an HIV/AIDS orphan home. We’ve made a difference to orphans in 7 countries, two locations in Haiti, one in Cameroon, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, India and Rwanda. In 2013, we continue to not only get the word out, but we’ll build a network of supporters in various other parts of the country.

IMG_3338The friends of orphans who have been inspired to help build brighter futures have organized small fund raisers for various projects throughout this year. Our strategy is to have volunteers mobilize 12 fund raisers in 2013. We’ve had some successes. The ngathaboyslatrineOasis Fitness Trek in Arizona raised $1,000 for the modern outdoor latrine for our partner Ngatha International in Kenya; the Building Hope Together in New York raised $1,500 to be used for the boy’s latrine. We raised $2,300 at the 5K in MN in February and sent some of the funds to Mercy Homes Kerala, India to build the well for the orphan home. The rest of the funds and those we raise at the next fund raisers, like the Sartell Rotary Golf 4 Orphans will be used to benefit the orphan home for Mercy Homes.

Cameroon Update: We’re happy to report that the home is 98% completed.

Here are some photos of the inside of the building. Mary Tjosvold, CEO of Mary T Inc, in Coon Rapids, MN, traveled to Cameroon and visited the Angels Home for Orphans in Bamenda with Relindis this March.  She came back with great reports on the lovely new home for the HIV/AIDS orphans.  She originally introduced us to Relindis. Mary has a school she built and supports in Cameroon, and agreed to visit the site while on her travels. 

Angel of Mercy is in the process of erecting the temporary fence, and they are still awaiting approval on the Rotary International Grant for the well. The well grant application has been a difficult journey, but we are still hoping to get approval. ???????????????????????????????If we don’t get the grant, we’ll as the well to our list and work on raising support to get it by the end of the year.

We remain committed to our partners around the world and continue to help them achieve their dream of building brighter futures for the orphans in their communities.

So, as we march ahead preparing for our next 5 years… thank you. There are no gifts or efforts too small. Just ask one of the orphans who can now use the restroom in comfort, they can eat regular meals as a family; they can study, sleep and play without fear of intruders walking through the court yard. These small efforts are not small to them. We treasure every dollar; we use each dime for the purpose intended knowing that every minute spent every dollar donated is your response, your gift to help make the life of an orphan just a bit brighter. Thank you. jh