Norma: Beyond Their Tears

Norma Nashed’s biography, Norma: Beyond Their Tears, is now in press and will be available Nov. 1. Neither the author nor Norma will receive a penny from this book. The tax-deductible donation will help feed hungry children. Pre-order it here:

Ben SumnerNorma: Beyond Their Tears
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Des Paul is laid to rest

Restore a Child Chairman and members of our Board of Directors join me in expressing our deepest condolences to the family of Des Paul.
Des Paul was our partner in Harare, Zimbabwe, a country no one wants to live in.
For 44 years Des, with one arm due to an accident, went to serve the less fortunate orphan children in Zimbabwe. Restore a Child learned about Des15 years ago through Paula Leen, another giant woman who served as a missionary for 30 years in Zimbabwe. Since then, Restore a Child helped Des build the Dr. Davis Home for orphans. We helped him purchase land for agriculture and to plant fruit trees. We built classrooms for his early childhood kids. We financed a bakery to make and sell bread for income generation.
Des believed in building the community and trained 4,000 people to grow their own food. Many of the people he trained have received a Certificate of Excellence in agricultural methods.
Des greatest love was for his little children. He taught them to plant gardens and work with their own hands. He was a handy man and knew how to do everything… even with one arm. Over the last two years both legs were amputated because of diabetes. We will miss you, Des.
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Daniel Hasso is laid to rest

Restore a Child Board of Directors extend their deepest condolences to the Hasso family at their great loss of the family Patriarch, Daniel Hasso. The Board also expresses its deep sympathy to Randy Akrawi, a great member of our Board of Directors, and the nephew of Daniel Hasso.
Daniel Hasso, a quiet and soft-spoken man, was the precious only son of Bashir Hasso for whom Restore a Child has dedicated a mission institute. Engineer Warren McDaniels, President of BEAM in Argentina joins us in expressing his sympathy to the Hasso family for their loss.
My relationship with Daniel Hasso and his wife Sumaia and children goes back 50 years to the time i worked at the International American School in Kuwait. I visited him and his wife Sumaia in 2018 in their new home. Daniel has always been gracious and generous to me. Every time I stayed in their own home in Newport Beach, CA, when I visited Loma Linda, he would meet me upon arrival and take my heavy luggage and take it upstairs, even at age 90. I will miss you Daniel. The last time he drove me from Loma Linda to Newport Beach at night in his sports car. He drove so fast that he scared me. During this drive Daniel told me: “Norma, you are the only one whom Sumaia loves to see and loves for you to stay in our home.”
Ben SumnerDaniel Hasso is laid to rest
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Trip to Tanzania, Feb. 2019

Here are photos of Norma Nashed in Tanzania, visiting our joint project Dunia Ya Heri.

Norma with abandoned orphans.

Organic fruits.

Third water tower.


Norma with Angel.

The second home for orphans.



Happy kids.

Norma with Thomas and Beate, our partners.

Taking kids to the beach.

Kids at the beach.

At the beach.

Teaching kids.

Teaching kids.

A sick child.


Thomas and his bird.

Kids learn to write.

Kids learn to write.

Ben SumnerTrip to Tanzania, Feb. 2019
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Trip to Dar es Salaam, Aug.-Sept. 2018

Gazebo on the beach on the Indian Ocean.


Orphans wash dishes.

Parrot for the children.

Norma and orphan.

An orphan who was abandoned.

Children are eating fruit.


Foundation for school.

Walls for school.

Roof for school.

Solar panels.

Battery for solar panels.

Norma in the garden.

Water tower.

Our homes on the Indian Ocean.

Ben SumnerTrip to Dar es Salaam, Aug.-Sept. 2018
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Trip to Ukraine, August 2018

Here is a short video and photos of Norma Nashed’s visit to Kharkiv, Luviv, Bucha, and Carpatia in Ukraine in August, 2018.


A school before remodeling in Kharkiv.

School remodeled in Kharkiv.

Refugee camo in Kharkiv.

Refugee camp in Kharkiv.

Refugee in Kharkiv.

Kids in Kharkiv.

Refugee camp in Kharkiv.

Norma in Bucha.

A school in Luviv.

Remodeled school in Kharkiv.

A school in Bucha.

School in Bucha.

Students in Kharkiv school.

Kids playing at Kharkiv school.

Carpathia school in western Ukraine, on the border with Romania.

Refugees in Kharkiv.

Little girl in refugee camp in Kharkiv.

Lviv School, Central Ukraine

Students of the school in Luviv.

The school in Luviv. Restore a Child is purchasing the building next door to expand the school.

Luviv school.

Luviv school.

Ben SumnerTrip to Ukraine, August 2018
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Trip to Indonesia, Nov. 2017

Here are photos of Norma Nashed’s visit to five orphanages in Indonesia.

Restore Training Center

Manado children


Manado children studying


Mando home boys

Restore a Child Training Center, Kupang, Indonesia

Restore a Child Training Center, Kupang, Indonesia

Poor Indonesian girls

Manado student wants be doctor

Manado student wants be doctor

This boy was orphaned twice over two years.

Norma with an Indonesian child.

Distribute gifts Manado from church

Coconut trees in Manado.

Carlos and Anna - Achievers in Puwodadi orphanage.

Orphans studying.

High school graduates volunteer with the orphans.

Mother of the Manado director volunteers to teach English.

Ben SumnerTrip to Indonesia, Nov. 2017
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