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World Orphans Day
Restore a Child Brings Awareness to World Orphans Day, November 14, 2011
Starting on November 11, 2011 (11/11/11) we will be promoting World Orphans Day, which is the second Monday of November. World Orphans Day is a global event to facilitate public awareness of social issues surrounding orphans and displaced children, to highlight the current year’s statistics on the AIDS orphans pandemic and to engage community support for the causes.
Every two seconds another child is orphaned. Globally, the growing problem of homeless and orphaned children is leaving over 145 million children orphaned or displaced. Over 143 million children are malnourished, and 400 thousand of those will die this year. Millions of children are facing war and abuse every single day. HIV and AIDS are wiping out entire communities.
According to James 1:27, a true Christian looks after the orphans and widows. This is the kind of religion that our heavenly Father accepts. We are also reminded about a special year of tithing, “When you have finished paying all the tithe of your increase in the third year, the year of tithing, then you shall give it to…the orphan…that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied.” (Deut. 26:12 ASV) Let’s make November a special time of giving to benefit the orphans.
So how can you help? You can pray! Pray for Restore a Child, whose mission it is to help the orphans. Also, ask God to touch your heart in a way that will help you know what you might do or how much you might give.
Norma Nashed is Thankful for Matthew and Megan, her grandchildren, who accompanied her to play violin during the presentation. At the end of the presentation both Matthew and Megan handed Somer Knight, Spencerville Academy Chaplain, their savings for the year. Matthew and Megan have two jars: one labeled Jesus and the Poor and the other has their name on it. But every year both Matthew (9) and Megan (6) empty their own jar without anyone around and give it to the Poor.
Nashed considers this as her legacy to her grandchildren. Pastor Shawn Paris wrote:
“I have counted the money. The jar contained $651.85. I was so impressed by your grandchildren and their generous sacrifice. We are still having our 30-Hour Famine Fast and would love for you to come and speak with us around 11:30 am. Take as much time as you need.”
restoreachildRestore A Child is Thankful for Spencerville Academy’s Invitation
“It is, for example, not only unconscionable but also a strategic mistake to allow famine to devastate the livelihoods of millions of people in the Horn of Africa.”—Bill Gates
The Kasaala community did not have the exact word to express their appreciation for the gesture that RESTORE A CHILD showed to them at this desperate moment of serious drought and famine that had never been experienced in the last 60 years. One of the beneficiary said and I quote “If this assistance did not come I and my three siblings could have locked ourselves in the house and set it on fire for I could not withstand to see my children dropping dead one after the other”. However it is also good to mention that this is the largest quantity of food that the community has ever received since food distribution started in this region. During our post distribution monitoring, it is worth noting that the health of the malnourished children under five years of age has improved a lot.
Success Story: ‘If only I had a child’
Mr. Kitheka wondering whether to marry at seventy five years of age, get children and receive food as other beneficiaries
Mr. Kitheka is not one of the beneficiaries of the Kasaala Emergency program. I approached Mr. Kitheka out of curiosity to know why he always appears during food distribution. He narrated his story ‘When I was young and energetic, I was working in Mombasa as a supervisor in a clearing company and I had a lot of girls whom I used to hang around and spend all my money on Good life’. But I aged without getting married and by the time I realized it, I had too old to get a wife. So my life has been filled with a lot of miseries and when I watch people going home with 100kgs of food, I just wish I could have been married and got children of my own; I could have been a beneficiary of this food. Now am going home to sleep hungry. Kitheka also mentioned four households where couples had separated due to drought and famine and have now come back together and living happily because of the relief food ADRA and Restore a Child are distributing. In his final word Mr. Kitheka said “’I always pray that despite not getting this food, I shall not die hungry’. I was touched such that I had to part with my one hundred Kenya shillings to facilitate Kitheka for the day meal. I know you are equally touched.
Thankful for a drink— A Thirst Boy from Congo
restoreachildThankful People in the Horn of Africa
RESTORE A CHILD would like to take a moment to express our deepest thanks to each of our committed Board Members. Meet our newest Board Members:
Theodore R. (“Teddy”) Flo, Esq., Board Member
Theodore R. (“Teddy”) Flo, Esq. received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School (with honors) in 2008. In 2005, he received a B.A. in economics (summa cum laude) and a B.S. in finance (magna cum laude) from the University of Maryland, College Park. More importantly, Teddy has a passion for the Church and ministering to young people. He has served as an elder and board member of the Beltsville Seventh-day Adventist Church for nearly 15 years, during which time he has also been actively involved in youth ministry.
Dr. Lona T. Milburn, Board Member
Lonna T. Milburn, Ph.D., Vice President – Business Resource Development, Management Sciences for Health, leads the international business development division for an international NGO whose mission is to make an impact on the lives of vulnerable populations. With a $170m portfolio of health projects, 2100 employees, and a presence in 65 developing countries, she spearheads development initiatives – team building north-to-south partnerships, driving project creation and delivery, and strengthening country offices for development projects – European Roulette Gold continues to be particularly created for pills with Tally Ho another slot to increase their never-ending line-from mobile slots. on any of the four corners of the world.
Gerry Karst, Board Member
Gerald (“Gerry”) Dwain Karst was born in Canada, and prior to his election in July 2000 to serve as a General Vice President of the General Conference Seventh-day Adventist Church, he was Assistant to the President of the World-wide Church. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University in Michigan and is an ordained minister. For the past 40 years, Karst has served the church in various positions including Pastor-Evangelist of the Alberta Conference, President of the Newfoundland Mission, President of the Middle East Union, Director of Communication and Church Ministries for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada, as well as an Associate Secretary for the General Conference. He retired in 2011.
Dale J. Bidwell, Board Member
Dale J. Bidwell was born in Athol, Massachusetts and graduated in 1967 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration and minors in Economics and Religion. After denominational retirement in 2008, he was appointed the president of Adventist Frontier Missions a position he held until August 2011. He has traveled extensively assisting in humanitarian concerns around the world.
restoreachildWe’re Thankful for All of our Board Members, Meet our Newest Members
RESTORE A CHILD relies on the generosity of a handful of dedicated volunteers who are committed to bettering the humanity of children worldwide. Each volunteer assists Restore A Child in a variety of ways with their professional expertise. Below are some of our most recent volunteers for whom RESTORE A CHILD is thankful for:
Aasen, Corey — Social Media Expert
Berg, Megan— Graphic Designer
Bocacilli, Monica — Spanish Translator
Boyer, Jonathan — IT Technical Support
Boyer, Keri — Creative Team Lead, Web/Graphic Designer
Combarros, Oscar — Web Designer, Database Administrator
Hoffman, Barbara — Website German Translator
Vicedo, Desiree — Spanish Translator
You, Wonsang — Website Korean Translator
Featured Volunteer from ARGENTINA:
“I’ve been registered in UNOV for many years, but never replied to any calling from the site before. Although I had a good intention to help (when I registered), I really had little time because I had a small baby then (now I have two children), and I have a husband, and my full time job. One day, I entered the UNOV site requesting English/Spanish translators. I read it was an NGO for children, and I read it’s founder’s story. I had doubts at first because it would be a big commitment, but I felt God was talking straight to my heart. Some time afterwards I realized this is a gift I can share help with a small grain for this great cause. All children are children of God, and this is a small service I can do for Him. So I get up every day at 6am and dedicate the first hour of the day to Him. ¡Que Dios te bendiga!” —Monica Bocacilli
Monica Bacacilli is translating our website into Spanish. Desiree Vicedo recently joined her with this task.
restoreachildWe’re Thankful for ALL of our United Nations Online
We are Thankful for the generous anonymous friends from Carmichael, California, who wanted their donation to be used for Gimbi Hospital through Dr. Dick Hart, president of Loma Linda University/AHI. In the photo you see the construction of the new guest house. A Children’s Ward will also be built soon. Restore a Child helps pay for medical care for sick children. Paul Howe, Hospital administrator, writes:
“With your other donation, we have purchased new hospital equipment for the kids to improve pediatric care. A full report on these purchases will be coming, but for now here is a photo of the new beds in the pediatric section of the hospital.
In the photo al child is consoled by his mother while an IV is administered to him. The beds have improved the care offered to many patients and ensured their comfort during their hospital stay.”
restoreachildA Generous Anonymous Donor Helps With Building in the Gimbi Hospital in Ethiopia
We have so many challenges to maintain our YAPI Orphanage in Medan, North Sumatera, Indonesia. Our rice field has been attacked by birds that ate away our rice. We tried using nets to protect the rice plants, but we don’t have enough money to buy net to cover the whole field. We also manage to send our children to watch the birds at the farm. The unpredictable weather is another challenge at our farm. Hard wind blows the vegetables plant down and the dry season kills our vegetables.
Our selling from poultry products can support us to buy food for one week. We also buy new little ducks and chickens to replace the old ones. Thank you for your continued support to help us buy more ducks. A mature duck costs around $7 each.” –Marselli Bangun
Indonesia Kupang Orphanage has better luck in agriculture.
restoreachildA Letter from YAPI Orphanage in Medan, North Sumatera, Indonesia
During Restore a Child president’s last visit to Maasai in Namanga, Tanzania, the sight and sound of three children sobbing was so agonizing. When asking why these kids were sobbing, the answer was that these three children had no father and their mother had just died the day before. Their sight with torn clothes, no shoes, starving with no relative to care for them was extremely painful to Nashed. These children needed each other and should not be separated. So immediately we took them into the orphanage we sponsor in Namanga, Tanzania. They are safe now with full stomachs and attend the school Restore a Child built in 2009.
“Today I was feeling a bit down, especially as my lawyer was not able to see me about my car accident, and the other party was getting very militant. Then to top it all I had a little money stolen leaving me with about 5 dollars, not an unusual amount. I was explaining our current predicament to someone who was enquiring about how we can survive with no income. I told her that we were being cared for like the children of Israel were. GOD gave them enough for each day and no more. I told of the time when we were right out of food and the girls came to me that evening and asked what were we going to do. We prayed and left it to GOD and guess what? At 6:00 am the next morning in drove a total stranger with a bag of maize meal.
Now this happens very often to us and we are totally dependent on Him. When I got back home this afternoon I was recounting the story to the girls and they broke out smiling. A church friend Paul Musiywa had brought us a box of bananas and $25. That’s what our GOD does for me and the children.
Our vegetable and herb Alle som liker a spille spilleautomater kjenner til konseptet med gratis spinn, men sjelden er gratis spinn-kampanjene sa sjenerose og fartsfylte som den som foregar pa MamaMia Bingo i kveld, 28. garden here at the home has received three days of rain and it is starting to flourish. The rain has also softened the ground at our CLC property. This will help when we can get labor to prepare for and plant our crops. I don’t know where we are going to get the funding needed to plant our crops, it”s getting late in the season now, but GOD does. ” —Des Paul from Zimbabwe
Yes, the $25 turned into $2,000 from Elder Rome Gainer, president of HELP International. The few bananas turned into another $2,000 for the orphans of Des Paul. We are Thankful this Thanksgiving for a God who cares and provides. Vanessa is the young girl who is drawing water from the well for use in the orphanage.
restoreachildA Thanksgiving Miracle: When $25 Turned into $2,000 and a Few Bananas into an Abundance of Food