Restore a Child is proud to be able to help serve thousands of children all over the world. We are currently serving the fifteen countries listed below. Please take a moment to read about our work in each of these poverty stricken areas and visit our donation area to see where you can help bring assistance to these underprivileged children.
Restore a Child is reaching out to the vulnerable Guarani indigenous children in Argentina in partnership with Engineer Warren McDaniels, president/founder of BEAM International. Warren and his wife Jodi, American missionaries, have been serving in South America for the past 14 years.
Construction of the Bashir Hasso Vocational Training Institute will be started September 2015 in Memory of the late Bashir Hasso from Iraq, a very generous philanthropist. A couple from Argentina donated 225 acres of fertile land with a spring of water and a big creek available for irrigation. Young people will be trained in agriculture/farming/fruit trees, woodwork, welding, and more for sustainability. The project will be completed in 2017.
We need YOU! We need volunteers in all the above areas plus construction.
In Bolivia, Restore a Child is supporting the work of Familia Feliz school and orphanage in Rurrenabaque, founded by Melissa Harding. She began this orphanage as a mother lay dying and entrusted her children to Melissa’s care. Now Familia Feliz cares for and provides primary education to more than thirty children who have been orphaned, abandoned, abused, or neglected. You can help these children by donating to Restore a Child.
Restore a Child is supporting the work of medical missionary Dr. James Appel in Bere, Chad. He serves in a small hospital which is almost constantly overwhelmed by the medical needs of the poor, especially for their children. Dr. Appel is often the only surgeon and doctor in the hospital. We provide support so that children in the area can be treated for diseases such as malaria or operated on in medical emergencies. Funding is directed to the hospital in Bere through the Health Care System International at Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is located in the center of the west-central area of sub-Saharan Africa. This is a country that has been severely affected by over 15 year of civil war which led to a major decline in the economy, leading to poverty, disease, and malnutrition. Many organizations, including the UN, have denounced this fighting due to the targeted violence towards women and children. Due to this situation, UNICEF estimated that there are 4 million orphans in DRC.
Restore a Child started its partnership with Foundation for Africa and its Othoniel Secondary School with 800 students in Kinshasa in 2007. The presidents of both organization traveled to New York on a fundraising trip when president France Mutombo visited Restore a Child office in Beltsville, MD in 2007 with another volunteer from Hungary where the headquarters of the organization is located. Students in the school had no access to drinking water or even latrines. So Restore a Child helped provide 10 latrines for the students. And in partnership with HELP International a well for drinking water was dug not only for the students in the school but thousands of people from the community would freely fetch their clean drinking water, as well.
According to UNICEF, Ethiopia’s children are among those who are most desperately in need of help. There are about 4 million orphans in Ethiopia, a great number who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, about half the deaths of children under the age of five is due to malnutrition. Education is a great need there as well, as less than half of overall children attend primary school.
Restore a Child started helping children in Ethiopia with basic needs as food, clothing and medical in 2005-2006. Then in 2007 we built a home for orphans in Ambo, Ethiopia. Our partners, HELP International, built the elementary school on the same land in Ambo and together in 2008 we purchased a bus for the school that was shipped from Germany and it is still being used now in 2014. We also provided electricity and water for the school with equipment and school supplies. We planted fruit trees through our volunteer from Hungary, Tom Lestar.
In 2008 Norma Nashed met with five Ambassadors to Ethiopia who expressed desire to help her work in Ethiopia. The Chinese Ambassador was instrumental in connecting us with a Chinese Road Construction company who built 1.5 km access road to the land that we purchased in Legedadi, 13 km west of Addis Ababa, all for FREE. Norma also was present when the farmers from whom we bought the land in Legedadi were compensated for their selling their plots to our partners in Ethiopia, New Hope Center.
In 2009, we partnered with Dr. Dick Hart, president of Loma Linda University and Adventist Health International to build a children’s ward at Gimbi Adventist Hospital in Gimbi, Ethiopia and paid for the medical care of poor children. Since education is key to the future, we also sponsored the Gimbi school with 150 students and paid for tuition.
In Haiti, Restore A Child had been providing food and education to 177 students among them 30 orphans in Montrouis from 2005-2012. We also distributed food to thousands of people in the community during the 2010 earthquake. In 2011 Restore a Child partnered with Ronald and Marjorie MaGloire, Directors of Upward Bound Ministry in Bois Pin, LasCahobas. In 2012, under the direction of Professor John Youngberg from Southern Adventist University in Tennessee we started building a guesthouse for volunteers on the second floor of The MaGloire’s home.
In 2013 the guest house was completed and a well was dug and several mission trips visited our project. A land was purchased for building Restore a Child Academy with a grant from VERSACARE of Riverside, California, and another land close by was acquired for agriculture for planting fruit trees for sustainability.
December 2013 Restore a Child Academy became a reality in four months under the supervision of Civil Engineer Joseph Valcin from New York. The elementary wing was opened for 105 students on January 20, 2014. More work is being done on the inside of the school, and a reservoir of clean drinking water harvested from rain water has been built to collect water during the five-month rainy season. The municipal water is not a reliable source for sanitation and hygiene for our school.
Our plan is to build a Vocational Training School on the same land in 2014-2015 to help older boys who had no chance to finish their schooling to be self supportive and also to help rebuild their country which is still suffering from the results of the 2010 earthquake.
Responding to the great Tsunami that hit Indonesia in December 2004, Norma Nashed wrote an article in the local newspaper with a promise that after the medial sound subsides and the relief agencies leave, her promise to the children in Indonesia was that they will not be forgotten and that she will stay to care for the children devastated by this natural disaster.
Restore A Child now sponsors eight orphanages in Indonesia, through partnership with YAPI (Yayasan Advent Peduli Indonesia) and HELP International: in Medan, North Sumatra, in Singkawang, Kalimantan, in Kawangkoan near Manado, Sulawesi, and the Kupang orphanage in Nusa Tenggara.
The orphanage in Medan was the first to open on January 3, 2006. Restore A Child and our partner, HELP International, contributed to the completion of the home for the director and his family and together supports 270 children in eight orphanages. Since 2005, 35 students have graduated from high school and are attending university with the help of Restore a Child and YAPI. Three graduated from university in 2013 and are now working and want to give back to their community.
Restore a Child believes in sustainability and therefore has started funding agricultural projects as well as poultry, fishing and soap to generate income. Excess produce of corn and beans are being sold. We are focusing in 2014 on planting 800 fruit trees in the eight orphanages we support listed below:
Helping students in Jordan started in 1998 when Norma Nashed, Restore A Child’s president visited her homeland while fighting cancer. She visited the school that she used to clean as a 10-year old girl to pay for her tuition and saw two children sent home because their parents could not pay their tuition. There was no question as to what Norma needed to do and the children were back in school the next day.
Restore a Child has been supporting 60 poor children in Amman, Jordan, to allow them access to quality education. Restore a Child helps children regardless of their race, ethnic or religious background. The children we sponsor in Jordan are a mix of Palestinians, Iraqi-war refugees, refugees from Sudan and recently in 2013 and 2014 Syrian refugee children, even Sri Lanka and The Philippines who are poor laborers in Jordan.
Restore a Child also provided $30,000 to purchase a school bus in 2013 because the school bus was not operational.
Our world is facing the greatest humanitarian crisis in modern history. Restore a Child has partnered with Hope4Iraq to be a compassionate, holistic and comprehensive humanitarian response to that crisis, offering hope and healing to the victims of brutality and violence in this conflict.
2.8 million people require food assistance in Iraq. Most of Iraq’s wheat production comes from volatile regions in the northern part of the country and nearly all of Iraq’s water resources flow through areas under the control of the armed groups, making access to food and water very difficult. Your generous gifts will be used to supply food and water, baby items and medical care for women and children escaping violence.
In the last 12 months more than 2000 families—nearly 100,000 people—have entered the district where Global Hope works. Geographical limitations and population saturation in the region’s largest cities have created supply shortages and distribution problems that have left many of these families with little or no assistance. Join in and sponsor a monthly life-saving parcel for a displaced family in need.
More than half of all displaced people in this conflict are children. Now living in camps and abandoned buildings, tens of thousands of children sit idly with no access to education, productive activity or play. The joy and innocence of just “being a kid” has been lost to instability and uncertainty. More than 1200 of the region’s schools have been converted to temporary housing for displaced people, and now more than 950,000 children are in need of on-going education. Ethnic and linguistic challenges make language-appropriate education nearly inaccessible.
But…here’s the good news! In partnership with the Freedom Center, Global Hope’s 25,000 sq. ft. community and education center, together we are providing the first and only school available to serve children from more than 2000 displaced families. 200 children are ready and waiting to get back to school, and you can help make it happen!
Sponsor a child’s education and give them a hopeful future. Sponsor their Future.
The support for orphan children in Kenya started in 2005 in Nairobi and remote villages, by sending children to boarding schools and paying for their tuition and the support still continues to the present time.
In 2007 we helped dig a well for an orphanage in Nairobi and funded the addition of classrooms to the orphanage. In 2008 together with our partners HELP International provided food and medical care and even the purchase of additional land for the orphanage. We also sent two long-term volunteers from Belgium and the US and they spent several months helping with the operation of the orphanage.
Our focus continued on individual orphans. In 2010 we extended support to feeding children in two elementary schools in Nairobi. We added support to the school for the deaf in Nairobi. Several students that were taken from the streets in 2006 have completed their high school education and a couple are going to college.
In 2012 until the present Restore a Child supports a feeding program for starving children in Northern Kenya.
Restore a Child president visited Rwanda in 2008 and learned about an orphanage that needed support. They had land and water near by, but needed a pump for the water for irrigation. Funds for the pump were provided to do agriculture. We also provided for food for the children.
According to UNICEF, there are approximately 860,000 orphans in Rwanda, about one fourth of which are orphaned by AIDS. Restore a Child is starting a new project in this country: to support an orphanage. Restore a Child plan was to provide long-term food security for these children by promoting agricultural development and specifically by providing water for irrigation.
In 2013 Restore a Child added Rwanda to the list of African countries where Adventist Health International (AHI) operates numerous hospitals and clinics. So through AHI we provide medical care for poor and sick children.
Restore a Child is helping 500 poor and orphaned children from the total of 950 students in Juba Advent School in South Sudan. To accommodate all the students the school operates in two shifts which cuts the time for learning to only four hours a day. More classrooms are needed for this school so that quality education is not compromised. A library is also needed for the school.
For the past nine years, Restore a Child has provided care and education to children in boarding schools in Tanzania who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
In Arusha, Restore a Child has partnered with Global Vessels to build a home for orphans in memory of Valerie Silver Ellis, who died in the attacks of 9/11. Her family was present at the dedication of the home which took place in June 2009.
Starting in 2006, we have also been supporting the orphanage with 35 children run by Dr. Sylvester Kabati and his wife. He works in a Maasai village in Namanga, Tanzania where HIV rates are very high, and many children have been left orphaned. Some of these children are HIV positive as well.
In 2010 Restore a Child helped build an elementary school on the land given by the government in Namanga on the boarder of Kenya. Restore a Child also helped dig a well of water for the School which is necessary for agriculture and plant fruit trees. Poultry and goats projects are successful in generating income. The children learn to till the soil, plant and water the plants. People from the community fill clean water freely from our well at the school.
Restore a Child partner in Hungary France Mutombo, president of Africaert in Hungary takes Humanitarian Tourists every year on behalf of Restore a Child to the school to help with construction, painting, teaching the kids and feeding programs for the children in the community.
Restore a Child also partnered in 2014 with Professor Laszlo from Friendeau University in Germany who went with 15 volunteers, one of them is volunteering for one year to help teach the children at the School. Also with their help, Restore a Child was able to feed 1,000 children in the community during October World Hunger Month.
In addition, Restore a Child partners with ADRA Tanzania to help Albino children who are targeted to be killed to sell their body parts. We provide education for Albinos so children can have a better future.
More information coming soon ...
Restore a Child, formerly known as Reaching Kids Intrnational and Reaching Hearts for Kids (RHK), is a 501 (c) (3) humanitarian organization registered in the State of Maryland. While battling cancer in 1999, Norma Nashed feels called to leave her job and dedicate her life to help disadvantaged children.
The first year, Nashed works to help children in her own backyard in Silver Spring, Maryland, helping feed them, paying rent for people who are being evicted, and making sure sick children and others have medication, clothes, food, etc.
From a small home office in her Beltsville, Maryland apartment, Nashed works almost unceasingly, without benefits, medical insurance, salary, or compensation—by choice, remaining perpetually uncompensated.
Children constitute almost half the population in Zambia. Due to the political situations, social and economic failure, and the family unit breakdown, orphaned children mostly of AIDS are left neglected and uncared for, especially girls.
Restore a Child has two projects in Zambia, which complement each other. The first is the Cook-stove Sponsorship Program for Education and the Environment. This is a program to sponsor fuel-efficient cook-stoves for urban poor in Zambia. The stoves are beneficial to the environment, and the program enables the family to send one orphaned child to school. For more information see our Cookstove Outreach Program.
Restore a Child is also starting a program to help the Needs Day Care Center for Orphans in Lusaka. This organization is providing care for 300 children in the form of education, health care, food, clothing, counseling and skills training at a primary school level. They also provide care to people in the community who are living with HIV, elderly, or facing desperate poverty.
According to UNICEF, Zimbabwe “has the world’s fourth-highest rate of HIV prevalence and has been grappling with a food emergency, declining economic performance and the sharpest rises in child mortality in history”. Many families are facing starvation, and children go hungry everyday.
We are currently aiding two orphanages in Zimbabwe. The first is Murwira Adventist Children’s Home, run by Paula Leen, an American missionary who has dedicated her life to save children in Zimbabwe. In addition to housing a number of orphans, they run a feeding program and ambulance service. They also procure medicine and food for local area hospitals and sick and needy children. Many of the children who arrive at Murwira are girls, as young as seven, who have already been sexually abused. These children are at risk for HIV, and several of them have already tested positive. These children all need urgent care and your support helps make a difference.
The second orphanage is founded by Des Paul, a Dutch naturopathic physician who cares for thirty children in his own home in Harare. He also supports several families and children in the area who are in most need. Restore A Child has donated funds to build a dormitory and classrooms, plus help with the feeding program. He is working on projects to generate income and become self-supporting, including developing land for agriculture. He also regularly provides skills training to members of the community.