~To be a voice for the widowed and orphaned, the poor and oppressed.

~To come along side & unite with those who have heeded the call to "go ye into all the world".

~To inspire others to use their gifts to be the hands and feet of Jesus!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

What you can do to help the children of Jinja, Uganda

The orphans in my previous post and in the photo above live in the city of Jinja, which is in Uganda, Africa. These orphan children need a new home!
SO, I am doing a charity marathon run (26.2 miles!) on January 9th, 2011 to help raise money for this home! I realize the money I raise will not be enough to build the home but it certainly can make a difference. Not only does the structure need built but it needs all the things inside that will make it a home. By sponsoring me in this run, together, we can make a difference! We can reach out and extend our hands in love to the precious child reaching out in the photo above!

The photo above is of the Benevolent Child District Home, that needs replaced. Over 40 orphans live in this run down building. They are thankful to have a home. Yet, I am sure you will agree, they need a new one! Thankfully, the LORD has put it on someones heart to build them a new home... and not just any home! Warm Blankets Orphan Care International has partnered with ICM (International Cooperating Ministries) to build a new Church Orphan Home for these children! They are planning to break ground as early as December or January!
About WBOCI: Warm Blankets Orphan Care International is a registered Christian Non-profit that has built over 125 Church Orphan Homes around the world. They are making a big difference in the orphan crisis and they are helping bring many precious souls into the family of God! I am excited to come alongside Warm Blankets in their ministry to these orphans! I love the heart they have for these children and I am especially impressed with the way they do things. They have a very unique and effective approach to orphan care! What makes their orphan homes different? (Quoting from their website)
"Moving away from traditional, institutional, orphanages WBOCI offers a fresh, dynamic approach to confront the world orphan crisis, through establishing and supporting church-based Family Homes. Each home has a family atmosphere based on love and compassion that is touched by the word of God. Every home shares a building with the local Christian church. The orphan children live on the top level with the caregivers, while the ground level is where the church and community meet... (click here to read how these homes also Each home has the capacity to house about 40 children. The homes provide beneficial, nurturing, holistic care to parentless infants, children, and adolescents. A healthy, flourishing environment filled with love and songs of worship is found at each Family Home."
"Widows are the principal caregivers in each orphan care facility. In this manner, a child who just lost his or her parents is cared for by someone who knows their pain because they too have experienced loss. We maintain a staff ratio of one caregiver for every five children, so you can be assured that a frightened child will be held and comforted by someone who cares."
You can view photos of Church Orphan Homes here: WBOCI Church Homes To see photos of the children that live in the Benevolent Child District home click here: Photos of Children

To donate to this fundraising effort please click here:
You will be directed to the "Being Jesus to Jinja Project" fundraising page. You can securely make a donation from this page and your donation is tax-deductible.
Please help spread the word! You can click icons at the bottom of this post to share this on facebook, twitter, blogger etc. If you have your own website or blog please consider sharing about this on your site. You can feel free to use the photo at top and link it to the fundraising page url.

"Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me." Matthew 25:40b
Thank you on behalf of myself, WBOCI, ICM, and mostly on behalf of the children.

(The photos in this post and on the fundraising page were provided by and used with the permission of WBOCI)

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