Thursday, January 13, 2011

Haiti - One Year Later...

Haitian churches continue to care for orphans

Today marks the anniversary of the devastating Haiti earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and left 1 million people homeless. Left behind were thousands of orphans, adding to the estimated 380,000 children previously without parents or someone to care for them.

Following a February 2010 trip to Haiti, World Orphans established the Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) program at ten Haitian churches. These churches had already taken in orphans in their community and placed them within church families. With the OVC program these families receive the support they need to continue caring for the children.

By partnering these churches with a U.S. church that provides financial support, the 200 children in the OVC program are receiving food, education, medical care and trauma counseling.

We praise God that all 10 Haitian churches identified last February have been partnered. But, of course, the need continues.

World Orphans would love to expand the OVC program in Haiti as we can raise fund and identify U.S. churches or groups of individuals who have a desire to get involved in helping the orphans of Haiti. For more information, e-mail Alan Hunt.

$8 for Clean Water

What if you could make a huge impact with just $8?

World Orphans was given 300 water filters to distribute to our OVC families and others in need. To use the water filters those families need two buckets which cost $4 each.

Your $8 donation will provide clean water, critical in preventing disease and malnutrition, to a family. We still need buckets for 266 filters.


Thursday, January 6, 2011

East Africa Holistic Care Training

Holistic Care Conference in Kenya
November 2010

What a joy it was to participate in World Orphans first Holistic Care Training in Nairobi, Kenya in November 2010. Our focus was on emotional care and our holistic care team spent a week with pastors and care givers from three of our Church to Church partnerships in Kenya and one in Uganda. Many of the orphaned children have serious emotional issues to work through to include rejection, abandonment, physical, and sexual abuse. What a blessing it was to help equip and encourage those already caring so well for the orphaned and vulnerable children within their communities. As a recipient of God's great mercy, salvation and rescue in my own life, it is with great joy that the spirit of the Lord is allowing me to bring good news to the poor, bind up the broken hearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, the opening of prison doors that are bound, to comfort those who mourn, to see beauty come from ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, praise instead of a faint spirit...that they may be called Oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that HE may be glorified. (Isaiah 61)