Blogs | Orphan's Promise


August 15, 2016
Karen Springs is our Project Manager for Europe and CIS countries. She recently visited some of the families we are helping and met one woman who greatly needed assistance. What happened next was an incredible outpouring of love to meet the needs of a stranger on the other side of the world. Transnistria is a place that most people don’t even know exists, let alone know where to begin to look for it on a map. Nestled between Moldova and Ukraine, this disputed territory is home to nearly half a million people. Education and job opportunities in Transnistria are few, and while traveling through...Read more
August 10, 2016
While the eyes of the world are on Brazil and focused on Rio de Janeiro and the 2016 Olympic Games, Orphan's Promise continues to work in the poorest communities with the most vulnerable children. Our Centro de Missoes Urbanas (CEMU) Program serves at-risk children who live in the slums of Belo Horizonte, where they are often targest for criminals and drug dealers. CEMU is a Christian music school where children come to learn music, and also attend art and language classes, as well as tutoring for their schoolwork. In addition, the children learn about the Bible and love of Jesus through the...Read more
August 08, 2016
Tim Daniell serves at the Project Manager for all Orphan's Promise projects in Asia and the Pacific region. He is also heavily involved in directing our Keeping Families Together (KFT) initiative, which aims to equip families with the necessary tools and support to stay together, eliminating the orphan crisis in the process. Through our KFT and orphan care programs, we are changing the lives of thousands of children and families. Tim was recently in Mayanmar visiting a cooperative effort between Orphan's Promise and Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Myanmar. He shared his thoughts. Orphan’s Promise...Read more
August 02, 2016
Editor's Note: Jake Hull is an integral piece of the team that is producing The FREEDOM Project along with Orphan's Promise. His background and education are in world music, and he brings a unique set of skills to the table. He accompanied our team to Kenya and was impacted deeply by the children he met there. These are his thoughts. What struck me first about the children in Kenya, was the impeccable sense of musicianship they had. Sure, a few kids (the youngest ones) can't quite sing in tune yet and a couple have their own wonderful sense of rhythm, but these kids are so naturally gifted...Read more
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


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