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Friday, December 20, 2013

Meaningfull Gifts

The holidays are upon us once again.
 Its been a whole year and I hope you have been kind to somebody.
If not , this is your one chance to do a good deed.
 Lift someone's spirit this holiday , put a smile on the face of a disadvantage kids face , help those in need , buy a toy for some child.
Stay in the spirit of love , caring and kindness.


 Anxious little onces at the orphanage waiting to get a gift !! This was a very fulfilling day for me.

Friday, December 6, 2013


I was very sad to hear of the death of a living legend. 
He did his time exceptionally well . Thus to celebrate his life is what we should do now.

He gave his all to humanity, teaching us how to forgive and love our enemies as thy self. He brought peace when there was none possible. 
Mandela gave his best no matter what and to whom.

If we can only give a little of ourselves everyday we can help lots of people in need.

Madiba - we thank you for the great example you have shown. The entire world will miss you. 
He was an icon to all but most especially , the African continent will never forget his impact-Freedom to the people. What a generous soul , doing extensive charity work, including the nelson Mandela Foundation as well as having a children's fund and the HIV initiative named after his prison number -46664-
He was a man after my own heart. 
Amandla-power , Ngawethu -to us ( power to the people )
I'll leave with two of his many great qoutes:

There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.
Nelson Mandela 

Our children are the future , stand up for tham now. Join me so we can attempt to do our part now.

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
Nelson Mandela 

That is why now is the time to offer a helping hand and make a difference one small effort at a time.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Being Thankful should be a daily thought !

In today's world, hunger now has a new face;
 Its the boy/girl next door, its the co-worker , the one sitting next to you at church and many more.
Although current economic situation has also made it harder to give, I wanted to remind you to dig deep into your hearts and pockets to give to those around you. GIVE SOME ONE A WARM MEAL this thanksgiving day, for you never know the last time they had one.

I am thankful for each day that I wake up and breathe, for many do not have this luxury.
Because its so important , we have set aside a day just to say thanks. So be thankful for all that you have and share some to those who have none.

I am thankful to God for all that is in my life now and yet to come, for family , for friends and for all my well wishers on this page who support my efforts of attempting to feed a child daily.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Think of the children in this disaster

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In any event of natural or man-made disasters, children are among those who suffer the most. UNICEF is at the ready to help the government reach out to children affected by Typhoon .

My hat goes off to UNICEF always standing by and ready to help kids in all bad situations , natural or otherwise.

Praying for all those affected by the typhoon in Asia

Thinking about the people in Asia dealing with the typhoon.
Praying that they get the help they need. We know how bad things get for children when natural or any type of disaster hits.
Please remember the little ones some of whom have lost heir parents. My heart goes out to all of the people over there. The good Lord will surely see them through

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Don't miss out on your blessings by not giving !


If you give, you will recieve.
Your gift will return to you in full measure,pressed down,shaken together to make room for more,
and running over.
Luke 6:38

Thursday, October 10, 2013

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month !

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help!

It is important to support any course of your choice, There are a lot of needs out there. So Please pick one nad offer your best. Breast Cancer month is just a reminder , pay attention to this all the time.

Friday, September 27, 2013


 CONT : from last post

1. Show appreciation, publicly. Praising someone on a blog, in front of coworkers, in front of family, or in some other public way, is a great way to make them feel better about themselves.

2. Donate food. Clean out your cupboard of canned goods, or buy a couple bags of groceries, and donate them to a homeless shelter.

3. Just be there. When someone you know is in need, sometimes it’s just good to be there. Sit with them. Talk. Help out if you can.

4. Be patient. Sometimes people can have difficulty understanding things, or learning to do something right. Learn to be patient with them.

5. Tutor a child. This might be difficult to do today, but often parents can’t afford to hire a tutor for their child in need of help. Call a school and volunteer your tutoring services.

6. Create a care package. Soup, reading material, tea, chocolate … anything you think the person might need or enjoy. Good for someone who is sick or otherwise in need of a pick-me-up.

7. Lend your voice. Often the powerless, the homeless, the neglected in our world need someone to speak up for them. You don’t have to take on that cause by yourself, but join others in signing a petition, speaking up a a council meeting, writing letters, and otherwise making a need heard.

8. Offer to babysit. Sometimes parents need a break. If a friend or other loved one in your life doesn’t get that chance very often, call them and offer to babysit sometime. Set up an appointment. It can make a big difference.

9. Love. Simply finding ways to express your love to others, whether it be your partner, child, other family member, friend, co-worker, or a complete stranger … just express your love. A hug, a kind word, spending time, showing little kindnesses, being friendly … it all matters more than you know.

How far that little candle throws his beams!

So shines a good deed in a weary world.

- William Shakespeare

Monday, September 23, 2013

HELP Series part 5


* Stop to help. The next time you see someone pulled over with a flat tire, or somehow in need of help, stop and ask how you can help. Sometimes all they need is a push, or the use of your cell phone.

*Teach. Take the time to teach someone a skill you know. This could be teaching your grandma to use email, teaching your child to ride a bike, teaching your co-worker a valuable computer skill, teaching your spouse how to clean the darn toilet. OK, that last one doesn’t count.

*. Comfort someone in grief. Often a hug, a helpful hand, a kind word, a listening ear, will go a long way when someone has lost a loved one or suffered some similar loss or tragedy.

* Help them take action. If someone in grief seems to be lost and doesn’t know what to do, help them do something. It could be making funeral arrangements, it could be making a doctor’s appointment, it could be making phone calls. Don’t do it all yourself — let them take action too, because it helps in the healing process.

* Buy food for a homeless person. Cash is often a bad idea if it’s going to be used for drugs, but buying a sandwich and chips or something like that is a good gesture. Be respectful and friendly.

*  Lend your ear. Often someone who is sad, depressed, angry, or frustrated just needs someone who will listen. Venting and talking through an issue is a huge help.

* Help someone on the edge. If someone is suicidal, urge them to get help. If they don’t, call a suicide hotline or doctor yourself to get advice.

* Help someone get active. A person in your life who wants to get healthy might need a helping hand — offer to go walking or running together, to join a gym together. Once they get started, it can have profound effects.

* Do a chore. Something small or big, like cleaning up or washing a car or doing the dishes or cutting a lawn.

* Give a massage. Only when appropriate of course. But a massage can go a long way to making someone feel better.

Passion for Giving

Jose Yenque is and actor , director and philantropist with a passion for giving . He starred in 'Traffic' (2000) where he portrayed a corrupt Tijuana soldier known as the "Torturer" He also earned an 'ALMA Award' for _Foto-Novelas. Appeared in CSI Miami and ER—
Showing his support for Foadac and urging you to joing him.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

"HELP Series" part 3

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” - Dalai Lama

Too often the trend in our society is for people to be separated from either other, to be cut off from the great mass of humanity, and in doing so to be dehumanized a little bit more with each step.

Cars have taken us off the streets, where we used to greet each other and stop to chat. Cubicles have taken away a bit of the humanity in working, as have factories and even computers to some extent. Television has planted us firmly in our living rooms, instead of out with other people. Even movie theaters, where many people get together, cut us off from true conversation because we’re staring at a big screen.

And while I’m not railing against any of these inventions (except perhaps the cubicle), what we must guard against is the tendency of that individuality to have us focused on ourselves to the exclusion of our fellow human beings. The tendency towards selfishness rather than giving, on helping ourselves rather than helping our brothers and sisters in humanity.

I’m not saying we’re all like that, but it can happen, if we’re not careful.

So strike back against the selfishness and greed of our modern world, and help out a fellow human being today. Not next month, but today.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

TODAY IS 9 / 11 A Sad Remembrance !

Praying for all those families who lost loved ones on this day a decade ago. And Thanking all those who risked their lives to help others when this tragedy hit.

Monday, September 9, 2013


It does not take a special person always, You too can help and here is how :

 Helping can be just about anything as long as it is done in sincerity. Even a simple smile, "hello," or compliment could lift someone's spirit!

• Remember every little bit of effort counts!

• Spend time to become a close friend to that person, so he/she can look forward to your visits.

• Helping out is a great way to make new friends, too. Once people know they can trust you, they're more likely to help you out in return.

• Even if you are in a bad mood, you will probably feel better after helping others.

• Even though at first it might be kind of awkward, keep trying!

• Don't always expect rewards or praise in return. What really matters is that you were able to make someone happy. Besides, rewards usually come when you least expect it.

• Keep in mind that they may not always need help. If someone says something like, "No thanks." or "I can handle it.", then just insisting may annoy them. You won't always be able to tell if they really do need your help, but it's best to back off if others are angry or in a hurry. However, if they refuse your help, you should ask one more time, and if they still refuse, then walk away.
You will surely have another chance.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Found these great points to live by ! thought I share

IF and when you think of helping  :

1. Try to offer first. When people need your help, they'll most likely ask you first, but if you have the chance, try to offer to help before they ask you. This will show that you were willing to help from the start. For example, if you see a friend struggling to carry groceries, offer to help. Or if you see them getting bullied, help stand up. Or if you see them getting pushed down or beaten, ask "Are you all right?" and help them up. Then try to cheer them up. Believe me, helping people will always make you feel better because it's the right thing to do.

Put yourself in another person's shoes. Being compassionate can give you a strong reason to help someone else. It can also show people that you really do care about someone. 3

Volunteer or donate. Being in charitable organizations is a great way to help the less fortunate, like donating food or money to the poor. 4

Listen. You obviously can't know what you need to do if you're not even paying attention. Plus, people aren't going to rely on you very much if you act like you don't even care what they're saying. 5

Think about what might happen if you don't. More people will feel more miserable if you just leave them when they need you, and you don't want to see people unhappy, do you? Don't stress yourself too much, but it's always nice to lend a hand. 6

Observe. Find out what that certain person might like. For example: s/he is always folding up paper. You can buy a origami set and teach him/her your tricks. Or he/she seems bored a lot. Try spending time with them to play a board game or play cards.

Alle these can be used with any age group with a little adjustment to fit.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Better to give than to receive !

Just a few quotes from the great book that reminds us that it is always better to give than to receive. Hope you feel that and extend a helping hand to the kids at foadac.

Isaiah 25:4

For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall,

Acts 20:35-38

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Proverbs 22:9

Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September is ovarian Cancer awareness month !

Just a reminder that as we join in thefight for the cure of cancer, we should remember that it will start to benefit young girls of today. Preparing them for good health and safe reproduction begins now.
So support the course now ! for prevention is always better than cure.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

It feels good and it helps to be kind.

One day we'll all just be a memory for some people...
Do your best to be a good one. Today will never come again so , be a blessing! be a friend! TAKE TIME TO CARE. You will feel the reward within you !

Friday, August 9, 2013

Be Kind , It soothes the soul

Today, make a point of saying something nice to everyone you speak to.
You might enjoy it so much you’ll make it a daily habit.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Just on my mind today !

There are an estimated 153,000,000 orphans worldwide. Some of these orphans have lost one parent, some both, and some are "virtual" orphans that have been turned out onto the streets by their families, but all are vulnerable and in need of help. Without assistance these orphans continue in the cycle of poverty, HIV/AIDS, trafficking, prostitution and slavery that haunts developing countries. By supporting FOADAC ,you can help break this cycle, put a child back in a family, and put him or her on the road to success

I read this last night and it stuck on my mind. This is real worldwide. Do not underestimate the powers you have to help a kid. It might take less effort than you think. So why not give it a short today !


Monday, July 22, 2013

Let our children be !

Every child is entitled to enjoy their childhood and grow up normally.
Change .org is facing a new challenge of trying to stop young children from being sent to marrige. That is happening in Nigeria right now, support the course by signing the petition on change.org so we can stop this action.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Thoughts of the day.

Its another blessed day as I woke up alive and well. My thoughts are all over the place today. Most of it has been about what I can do right here right now, to impact the live of a child in need.

First I will always pray that God gives me the knowledge , strength and vision to attempt this whole daunting task. As the days go by I ponder if am even able to help . But I trust and believe that there is some one out there who can make this happen.

Children are the future. Most often, we complain about adults of today , but we can stop that trend by making sure the future is secure while we are no more. Though this might not matter to some people , I think it does to most.

Congressman Elijah Cummings said it well , when he said "Our children are the living messages we send to a future we shall never see.

If you feel kind today say something, if not today , then next time.!

Friday, July 5, 2013


That ,
Malnutrition is the greatest contributor to child mortality according to the WHO (World Health Organization). In 2010 approximately 20 million children worldwide were estimated to suffer from severe acute malnutrition, while one third of all childhood deaths were and still are linked to malnutrition. (WHO)

Malnutrition is caused by unbalanced diets lacking vital nutrients leaving children more vulnerable to serious illness and early death. Essential micronutrient supplements containing selected vitamins and nutrients (particularly vitamin A, iron, iodine, folate and zinc), as formulated and recommended by the WHO and UNICEF, are trusted to mitigate the effects of malnutrition especially among children under the age of five.

Essential micronutrients are imperative for proper immune function, structural integrity of cells, and cognitive development of infants and children. Providing these helps build the foundation for good health and the opportunity to lead meaningful as well as productive lives.

Many children in foadac orphanages suffer from malnutrition a great deal. We have launched a food drive efforts in the past to attempt to feed some of the children. We are looking for any one who can help us with getting pre-packaged nutrition packed foods. The type that is usually sent to disaster zones by Red Cross or Unicef for example. All ideas and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.  
Thanks always !

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


As we in the United States celebrate Independence Day this week, perhaps some will be asking, “What is there to celebrate?”

There is no question that the US faces serious problems. Americans are divided over many issues. There is the overarching problem of the economy and national indebtedness. What should be done about climate change and protection of the environment? In many places, our infrastructure of roads, bridges and utilities is crumbling. The cost of health care is skyrocketing. Divorce rates are still at 50% and 40% of children are born out of wedlock. There are 3000 abortions a day and 19 million new cases of STDs each year. Some things about our nation are not worthy of celebrating.

Nevertheless, we cannot deny that life in the US, compared to most other nations, is the proverbial bowl of cherries. That is no reason to be smug and complacent about our blessings. As the patriotic hymn, “America the Beautiful” reminds us, we still need to ask God to “mend thine every flaw.” As loyal citizens, we should want to do whatever we can to make our homeland a better place.
 (Thanks to Joseph Tkatch for this piece.) I couldn't have said it any better.

Thank God for each day that you wake up be it a holiday or otherwise.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Today is national HIV testing day

This is very important. Its all about your health and the love you have for the people in your life.
GET TESTED TODAY AND KNOW YOUR STATUS !!!  save yourself as well as the future generation.
Think about the the children who are suffering today because their parents never got tested.
There is alot of information and help out here for you. JUST DO IT NOW.

Stay safe, Stay Blessed.

Best Regards !

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Foadac includes disabled kids

Children with Disabilities: the State of the World’s Children, 2013 

6/12/2013: This year, the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) annual publication “The State of the World’s Children” focuses on children with disabilities – the challenges they face, what governments, NGOs, and communities can do to provide for them, and the amazing things they can do when given the same opportunities as children without disabilities.
Traditionally, “The State of the World’s Children” begins with a statistic, fact, or finding meant to highlight a problem. This year, that is not the case. Instead, the report begins by making it clear that “the boys and girls to whom this issue is dedicated are not problems.” While children with disabilities do face greater challenges than other children, the point of the report is to highlight that when given the opportunity to flourish, children with disabilities can lead fulfilling lives and make rich contributions to their communities.
Disability Leads to Stigmatization
Unfortunately, disabled children are rarely given the same opportunities as others, especially in developing countries. According to UNICEF, they are at a greater risk for poverty, and are less like to attend schools or receive medical care than impoverished children without disabilities. These children are often hidden from view or relegated to second-rate institutional care. Additionally, children with disabilities are four times more likely to be neglected and physically abused than other children, and are over three times more likely to be emotionally abused, both by their peers and adults.
With 150 million disabled children worldwide, addressing their challenges is no easy task.  UNICEF, believes that disabled children have the same potential for success as all other children.

This reaches the core of what foadac is all about, not leaving out disabled kids , who even suffer more than regular kids in the same situation.
Many Thanks for your support always


  The use of physical punishment as a way of bringing up children is still widespread. A UNICEF study covering 29 countries found that an average of 86% of the children in those countries has experienced physical punishment in their parents’ home.

  Millions of children are refugees, asylum seekers, stateless and internally displaced by conflict, violations of their human rights, and natural disasters.

  Only 60% of children of secondary school age currently attend a secondary or higher school. The remaining 40% either attend a primary school or do not go to school at all

Friday, June 14, 2013

Did You know That .....

  In developing countries, more than one third of all children live in poverty.
  Over 1 billion children suffer from at least one form of severe deprivation of basic needs like water, food, and sanitation.

  In the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, a total of 1.3 million children live in institutional care.

  Millions of children all over the world have to cope with domestic violence - be it neglect, physical or mental punishment, emotional or sexual abuse.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Caring for children is a global issue !

Improving the quality of care for vulnerable children is a global issue. 
Foadac is just a small piece of the puzzle in this struggle. Doing what ever we can , no matter how small to implement better standards of care for the children who are less fortunate.
These problems usually arise as a result of crisis in the location where they belong. Like wars , health epidemics and many natural disasters.

So please make a donation today or at anytime to help support the work of foadac in West Africa. Your contribution will help secure the future for some child.

Thank You.

Getting back to our "did you know " series due to popular demand !!

Did you know ?
That an estimated 132 million children ranging from newborns to age 17 have lost one or both parents (UNICEF).

 Every 2.2 seconds a child loses a parent somewhere in the world.

  Every day 5,760 more children in the world become orphans.

  By 2015 it is projected that there will be 400 million orphaned children worldwide.

  HIV/AIDS alone has orphaned 14.9 million children, most of them in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Do your part !!

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
"Let this truth sink down into your spirit today: God’s favor is not for a season; it’s for a lifetime. How do we obtain God’s favor? Proverbs three tells us that when we honor His Word, when we obey His commands and walk in mercy and truth, that’s how we find favor in God’s sight. When we do our part, God will do His part."
A little reminder to always do your part in all aspects of life. Never underestimate how far it just might go to help some one else.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Hello everyone,
Just wanted to let you know that Foadac.org website is currently under construction. Sorry for any inconvinience this might cause.  
For all those who stop by to check on us every now and then , we do appreciate those visits. We will do our best to get it up and running as soon as possible.
Meanwhile you can continue to vist our blog and follow us on Facebook.
Thank you

Monday, April 29, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Just sharing !

Loved this article and just wanted to share.
Very proud of this African born physician giving back to his people.

  • Kofi Boahene is a surgeon at the Johns Hopkins Hospital who regularly volunteers across Africa
  • A fifth of all African-born physicians work overseas, according to one study
  • Boahene says many African doctors in the diaspora are giving back to the continent
  • "African doctors may be living overseas, but their hearts are in Africa," he says

Editor's note: Born in Ghana, Kofi Boahene is associate professor of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, facial plastics and reconstructive surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.
(CNN) -- On a recent medical volunteer trip I was introduced to an elderly woman on the surgical wards. She had a growing tumor that had deformed her face and was threatening her life. For three months she was told a set of special equipment was needed to perform her surgery. As she waited for this equipment, her tumor grew larger and compromised her vision in one eye.

The link below will take you to the full story: You can also find it on CNN - African Voices


food for thought !

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” 
– Winston Churchill

If we all thought and functioned like the statement says , there will be no Boston bomb ! I can only hope that we have seen the last of such terrorist acts.

Praying for victims of the Boston marathon bomb blast !


This is statement is  hard to swallow, when you see evil daily. But I know he loves us more than we can imagine, and will take care of all those affected yesterday.

 My prayers are with all those affected yesterday in the bomb blast, when an evil soul went to play and left people wounded and some dead.

God has justice for all in good time

Monday, April 15, 2013

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Greetings to all who stop by to check us out,
If you have been following us , you will know that we did a have a shoe box event a few months ago. There was also lots of gifts , clothing and school supplies donated to foadac. The owner of "Gift of Niceness " donated over a hundred teddy bears for the children at the orphanage.

I am elated to report that all donated items made it to their destination and were all distributed to the children. Joy and happiness can't begin to express how I feel.

Each time  I look at the smiles on their faces , it allows me to reflect on the many blessings that we have and take for granted. It also gives me an opportunity to recommit myself to serving those less fortunate.

I can only hope that you feel the same.
Stay tuned for pictures that will tell the story.

Best Regards.

Friday, March 29, 2013

We can all play a part !

" The world faces many challenges but we have an opportunity today and now , to accelerate progress against poverty , hunger and disease in the years to come."
food for thought!
Have a happy Easter
Stay blessed

Friday, March 8, 2013

celebrating women all over the world

Happy International Women's day to all the great and wonderful ladies on our planet...

Happy International Women's day to all the great and wonderful ladies on our planet...
I pray things like this brings hope to all my little girls at the orphanage, letting them know they too can become great women of tomorrow.

Monday, March 4, 2013

March is Empowering women's month

Yes all little girls need to know there is a future for them whether they live in an orphanage or in a loving home. As women every where focus on how to grow and do the best they can , showcasing their talents, there are some little ones who need help.

The young girls at the orphanage need your prayers and support to help them dream big and succeed.
empower them today by supporting the course , if they can live through today , they can be great women tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by my blog

Take a look !!

A moment to reflect on the things I enjoy doing, stay with me on this and join the cause. Your donations go a long way and I thank you for it, be blessed.

Monday, February 25, 2013

food for thought !!

There are over 165,000,000 orphans in the world. There should be none. 

Believe it or not !!! This is the world we live in.

It is estimated that over 15 million children worldwide have been orphaned as a result of AIDS. Of those orphans,over 75 percent are children in sub-Sahara Africa.In countries heavily affected by AIDS, 20 percent of all  children in those countries have been orphaned as a result of AIDS.
To put that into perspective, a child is orphaned as a result of AIDS every 15 seconds.
Nothing is creating orphans faster than HIV/AIDS, but did you know that the disease is treatable? Anti-retroviral drugs can allow parents to live a relatively healthy life and take care of their children. Did you know that it only costs about $20 per month for a person to receive treatment for HIV/AIDS?
Orphan Epidemic works to fight HIV/AIDS and keep parents healthy by building medical clinics, provide anti-retroviral drugs, help improve maternity care, and other initiatives to protect children from the effects of HIV/AIDS and prevent orphans.

The basis of sustained health and economic development comes from access to clean water. Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of diseases

Orphaned children are victims of adult decisions that come about because of desperation, extreme poverty and war, along with natural disasters and disease. All of us must take a moment of responsibility for the millions of children, living without parental care, who will not have what is their birthright: a good education, excellent medical health and an opportunity to have dreams that lead to success and happiness.
Tragically, approximately 153 million children are orphaned worldwide. Millions more who have parents live below the poverty line and suffer hunger, hardship, abuse, and even fall victim to the horrors of human trafficking. In many countries, thousands will die before the age of five from food shortages, polluted water, and lack of basic hygiene and medical care.

And YES we can all do something about this , one small effort at a time

Friday, February 22, 2013

It is never too late to learn, here is something I learned today !!

Caregiver's Health Is Strong Predictor Of Orphan's Health

June 12, 2012 
by Geelea Seaford

The health of a caregiver is the most important predictor of orphan health, according to a new Duke University study that spans five less-wealthy nations in Africa and Asia.
More important than an orphan’s geographic location, living conditions or past trauma, the Duke study finds that an unhealthy caregiver likely means an unhealthy child.
The findings prompt Duke researchers to call for international orphan policies to place greater attention on assessing and treating an orphan and his caregiver's health together, rather than focusing solely on children’s health.
Published in PLoS One today, the study of more than 1,300 randomly selected orphans and abandoned children from six diverse settings found strong and consistent associations between poorer child health and poorer health among their caregivers. One in five children was in fair or poor health, with one in four reporting symptoms like fever, cough and/or diarrhea in the previous two weeks. Forty-five percent of the caregivers in the study reported their own health to be fair or poor, and one out of four also had similar symptoms in the past two weeks.
Children in fair or poor health were also more likely to have suffered additional traumatic events beyond losing a parent and to receive fewer than three meals a day. However, children whose caregivers were more involved in their lives and well-being were less likely to be sick or unhealthy.
The multi-site study included community-dwelling orphans ages 6-12 and their caregivers from six culturally- and economically-diverse sites across five countries: Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Kenya and Tanzania. All of the children in the study have survived the death of one parent or were abandoned by both parents.
Of 153 million children orphaned worldwide, 145 million reside in less-wealthy nations where high rates of HIV/AIDS and other diseases like malaria and tuberculosis claim thousands of lives every day.

Highlight !!!

. In the continent of Africa over 34 million children, or nearly 12%, are orphans either as a result of war or epidemics such as AIDS.

Good Read

Just wanted to share this great information by a wonderful writer-  By Michael Evans

In the developed world orphans are relatively rare, since most children can reasonably expect both parents to survive their childhood, but in countries that have been and are subjected to wars and great epidemics such as AIDS, there are significant numbers of orphans.
It is estimated, for instance, that World War II created millions of orphans I Europe, with 300,000 orphans in Poland and 200,000 in Yugoslavia alone.
Today in Afghanistan, after nearly 30 years of fighting, there are now over two million orphaned children with over 600,000 sleeping on the streets. Over a million suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome and the prevalence of the use of anti-personnel weaponry has resulted in over 400,000 children being maimed by land mines.
A quarter of all children in Afghanistan die before the age of five, which according to UNICEF figures is the fourth highest level in the world. Of those who continue to survive, one in ten is severely malnourished and more than half suffer from stunted growth.
There is a similarly bleak picture in other parts of the world. In the continent of Africa over 34 million children, or nearly 12%, are orphans either as a result of war or epidemics such as AIDS.
In recent years the proportion of civilian casualties in armed conflicts has increased dramatically. This is now estimated to be about 90%, half of whom are children. In the last ten years alone some 2 million children have died as a direct result of armed conflict. Many others have witnessed parents and relatives being butchered in the most appalling circumstances.
Around 20 million children have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict or human rights violations and it is estimated that 300,000 boys and girls under the age of 18 are involved in more than 30 conflicts worldwide.
In Northern Uganda, for instance, war has raged for 18 years and has left the population in abject poverty. More than 1.6 million people have been forced to leave their homes and farmers who were formerly self-sufficient are now forced to live in camps for internally displaced persons. Schools, homes, villages and families have all been destroyed and nobody knows how many have died.
The UK charity War Child quotes one particular case of a Ugandan girl called Agnes. Now 18 she was 10 years old and working in her family's vegetable garden when rebels abducted her. Her parents were killed and she was separated from the remaining members of her family.
She was 11 when she was forced to kill another child who had tried to escape from the rebels and at the age of 12 she was raped when a rebel commander took her as one of his wives.
When she was 13 she finally managed to escape and miraculously a few weeks later she was reunited with what remained of her family. In spite of all that she has suffered, she could be regarded as one of the lucky ones. Although she is an orphan, at least she has some family and the War Child charity is paying for her education so she hopes to rebuild her life. Her goal is to become a nurse and she is now looking towards the future with optimism.
This is not by any means the usual pattern for orphans. All over the world orphans usually have a very raw deal. Russia is just one example, but it is by no means exceptional. It is estimated that there are 650,000 children in Russian orphanages. As is the generally accepted pattern worldwide, the state looks after them until the age of 16, but after that they are on their own. Their prospects are poor, with 40% usually ending up homeless, 20% turning to crime and 10% committing suicide. 
It should not be like this. Take the case of Michaela DePrince.
Michaela was born in Sierra Leone in 1995 and became an orphan after both her parents were killed in the Civil War. While still a toddler she endured some horrendous experiences and was sent to an orphanage. One day she found a magazine with a picture of a ballerina and she immediately decided that this was what she wanted to be.
When she was four years old she had the good fortune to be adopted. She was taken to America and enrolled in the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia.In 2012 she graduated from American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in New York and joined the Dance Theatre of Harlem. On 19 July 2012 she made her professional debut performance in the role of Gulnare in the South African premiere of Le Corsaire.
Obviously Michaela was incredibly lucky, but tragically there are many thousands of other children who will remain in orphanages or continue to live as street children, with little hope of ever achieving what they are capable of.
World Day for War Orphans is a day to remember these children. Every one of them is precious and they all deserve a future that will enable them to fulfill their dreams.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Thinking out loud !!

I just found out about some children living in the orphanage who are not really orphans. They have one parent or guradian alive in some cases, but need help such that they seek refuge in these locations. Not sure what I think about this ... please make a comment if you have a thoughts or sugessions .
To me:
The usual definition of an orphan is a child who has no surviving parent to care for him or her, having lost both parents, either as a result of bereavement or by being abandoned.

Just a reminder ,though its passed !!!

World Day for War Orphans is a day to remember these children. Every one of them is precious and they all deserve a future that will enable them to fulfil their dreams.

Orphans Image; Credit: © Shutterstock

The World Day of War Orphans was initiated by the French organisation, SOS Enfants en Detresses. Held on 6th January each year, this special day enables the International Community to recognise the plight of a particularly vulnerable group.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Hello After the Superbowl !!

Just found out from Google, Did you know that :

The cost of the halftime commercials during the Superbowl could actually feed the world's entire refugee population..twice

Very interesting to note. It will get better someday and some of the wealth will be spread out to the needy.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hello everyone, friends , family and wellwishers,
very sorry I've been away. Its been due to the flu that had me down for about three weeks now. I am feeling better and almost back to normal

Just an update , all donations were successfully shipped to Cameroon Africa. In about 6-8 weeks , they will arrive and be distributed, What a smile , love and hope it will be for the kids at the orphanages.
Many thanks again for your support of this venture and hope you will continue to do so.

Blessed are those who HUNGER and THIRST for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied!

Stay tuned !!!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Just a Reflection !

Yes Christmas has come and gone , but we can always reflect in its meaning and how well we did just last week. And sure we can always cherish the meaning of peace and try to have more of it in our lives this new year.
That wonderful word is peace.
In speaking about the Savior, the prophet Isaiah reported, “A child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be . . . Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6). Also, recall what the angels said the night Jesus was born: “There appeared . . . a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased’” (Luke 2:13–14).
Christmas can undoubtedly be one of the most joyous and revitalizing seasons of the year for us as believers. However, it can also be hectic and nerve-wracking—so much so that we lose our sense of security and tranquility, which is the very thing Jesus came to bring us.
So today I would like to ask you: In the hustle and bustle of Christmas, where do you go to find silence and stillness? Do you rejoice and rest in all that the Lord has given you? Or is this time of year characterized by impatience, agitation, conflict, and pain?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year !!!

My friends and well wishers,
we have spent a great year together and I thank you . Thank for supporting the orphans that I work with by simply stopping by this page. Others made cash and or in-kind donations, some gave valuable information and word of mouth support , for all and everything I thank you from the bottom of my heart and wish you the best of this year.
As we begin another year , I hope and pray that you will continue to stop by and check on the kids and wish us well in one small way or the other.

Good luck and all the best that this year holds.

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