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July 28, 2016
Orphan's Promise Director of African Projects, Stacy Petrin, was recently in Africa for the dedication of a beautiful new school for young men in Makindu, Kenya. She shares what it was like to be there! During our recent trip to Africa, we had the absolute privilege of joining a man in honoring his late wife, a woman whose heart was full of love and compassion for children in need around the world. Cary Wangelin, and his wife, Yang Sun, spoke often about her wish to give back to children in need. She’d grown up disadvantaged, and knew first-hand what it was like to struggle to find food,...Read more
July 28, 2016
What does it take to go from the bottom of the class to the top of the class? Sometimes just a little family stability. Whitcliff is 6 and in first grade at a private school located in the slums of Nairobi Kenya. His parents used to fight and his dad was not working. He also has an older brother, Fidel, who is 8. When his dad would drink, he would often become violent towards the boys and their mother. Whitcliff and Fidel were not in school and were identified as at-risk children by social workers at Missions of Hope International – a new Orphan’s Promise partner in Nairobi. They have 19...Read more
July 27, 2016
Our driver was young. He had difficulty finding the exit from the airport parking lot. None of the windows in our taxi would go down and when he paid the parking fee, he had to get out of his car. In five minutes he had already received 3 phone calls. It all seemed a bit unprofessional. Not to worry though. We were on our way. After paying the parking fee, he accidentally put the car into reverse instead of drive and then he hit the gas… we all braced for impact, but escaped unscathed. As we headed for the final airport exit road, he started to queue up in the domestic arrivals… ' NO, no, no...Read more
July 26, 2016
It took us close to 45 minutes to figure it all out. Grandma Nakagege was surrounded by 10 children (ages 5-16) and through our interpreter she was explaining who was a sister, who was a brother, or a cousin - and what happened to their parents. Altogether, 7 different families… all broken by abandonment, death, and other tragic circumstances. One father’died in a motorbike accident. Another father unexpectedly collapsed and died in a taxi on the way to see his 1-day old child. Another fell from a building while working construction. Another re-married and the new wife didn’t want a stepchild...Read more
July 26, 2016
So I looked up synonyms for hero and I found things like: Superman, Champion, Conqueror. Yep, that pretty much describes Brenda – a 26-year old Ugandan orphan who: endured life on the streets survived a gang rape and a subsequent pregnancy was mom to her younger sisters from the time she was 6 finished school and earned an IT technical degree overcame breast cancer started and currently runs a school is mom to 144 abandoned children, ages 3-15 The number used to be 159 children under her care, but in the past 6 months she has reunited 15 children with their families. Her goal is to reunite...Read more
July 22, 2016
5 people traveling in a van on a road to Kampala, Uganda… a Zimbabwean living in South Africa, a Ukrainian living in America, a Kenyan, a Ugandan, and an American (that’s me). Between us we speak 26 languages… Swahili, Dholou, Luganda, Alur, Lubgara, Acholi, Langi, Kumam, Japadhola, Bunyankole, Ndebele, Zulu, Shona, Swati, Xhosa, Pedi, Suthu, Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, Bulgarian, Belorussian, Kikuyu, Kamba, Kimeru, English. (I can’t compete, I speak only English… but I have learned hello, goodbye and thank you in several languages.) Among us we have 15 children, including 5 in university. We...Read more
July 22, 2016
In Africa, water is everything… Our team visited our Masai village school a few days ago. We were welcomed with the usual Masai tribal dances… men jumping like warriors, women dancing, everyone decked out in their bright colors and beaded jewelry. Normally they perform this ritual for tourists but today they were welcoming the Orphan’s Promise team. After the ceremony we were ushered nearby to a place where we all planted a small tree. Then they grabbed a hose and watered the trees… yep, watered. That’s because just 4 months earlier Orphan’s Promise drilled a water well for this village,...Read more
July 21, 2016
I remember the day the dream was born. I was 9 years old, sitting in the backseat of my grandparents’ car, traveling on a weekend trip to Cedar Point (I include the destination for all you rollercoaster enthusiasts!). My grandmother had started buying me books about life in other countries. It was a whole series, and I remember the book about China – the colorful exotic pictures intrigued me. But the one I loved most was about Africa… pictures of elephants, lions and zebras, and people on safari. That day my bucket list was started… One day I would go to Africa and I would ride in a safari...Read more
July 21, 2016
Last week, we visited an amazing indigenous community in Turkana. Turkana is located in the Northwest Region of Kenya and is currently flooded and overrun by thousands of refugees from S. Sudan. We were there to meet sweet James - who many of you met in our video on Facebook last week - and his family, as well as a community of believers that watched his transformation. While James cleft lip being repaired and healed was a blessing in itself, we also met and fell in love with his sister Jacinta as well. We learned that Jacinta has an older sister, Esther, whom we had met the previous day at...Read more
July 20, 2016
In a small tribal village in Masai, Kenya, a 14-year-old girl has a dream to be a doctor. There are many odds against her: poverty, history, tradition, but she's young enough to dream anyways. It’s a Masai tribal custom for girls her age to drop out of school and marry. Their lives become about cooking, cleaning, making the dung-mud huts, and raising children. Tradition . Melody is one of 12 kids. She is the only girl left in her class at school. Her sisters both dropped out of school and are now married with one child each. Family history . Melody’s mother, Nylepo, struggles to survive. Her...Read more

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