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July 26, 2016
So I looked up synonyms for hero and I found things like: Superman, Champion, Conqueror. Yep, that pretty much describes Brenda – a 26-year old Ugandan orphan who: endured life on the streets survived a gang rape and a subsequent pregnancy was mom to her younger sisters from the time she was 6 finished school and earned an IT technical degree overcame breast cancer started and currently runs a school is mom to 144 abandoned children, ages 3-15 The number used to be 159 children under her care, but in the past 6 months she has reunited 15 children with their families. Her goal is to reunite...Read more
July 22, 2016
5 people traveling in a van on a road to Kampala, Uganda… a Zimbabwean living in South Africa, a Ukrainian living in America, a Kenyan, a Ugandan, and an American (that’s me). Between us we speak 26 languages… Swahili, Dholou, Luganda, Alur, Lubgara, Acholi, Langi, Kumam, Japadhola, Bunyankole, Ndebele, Zulu, Shona, Swati, Xhosa, Pedi, Suthu, Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, Bulgarian, Belorussian, Kikuyu, Kamba, Kimeru, English. (I can’t compete, I speak only English… but I have learned hello, goodbye and thank you in several languages.) Among us we have 15 children, including 5 in university. We...Read more
July 22, 2016
In Africa, water is everything… Our team visited our Masai village school a few days ago. We were welcomed with the usual Masai tribal dances… men jumping like warriors, women dancing, everyone decked out in their bright colors and beaded jewelry. Normally they perform this ritual for tourists but today they were welcoming the Orphan’s Promise team. After the ceremony we were ushered nearby to a place where we all planted a small tree. Then they grabbed a hose and watered the trees… yep, watered. That’s because just 4 months earlier Orphan’s Promise drilled a water well for this village,...Read more
July 21, 2016
I remember the day the dream was born. I was 9 years old, sitting in the backseat of my grandparents’ car, traveling on a weekend trip to Cedar Point (I include the destination for all you rollercoaster enthusiasts!). My grandmother had started buying me books about life in other countries. It was a whole series, and I remember the book about China – the colorful exotic pictures intrigued me. But the one I loved most was about Africa… pictures of elephants, lions and zebras, and people on safari. That day my bucket list was started… One day I would go to Africa and I would ride in a safari...Read more
July 21, 2016
Last week, we visited an amazing indigenous community in Turkana. Turkana is located in the Northwest Region of Kenya and is currently flooded and overrun by thousands of refugees from S. Sudan. We were there to meet sweet James - who many of you met in our video on Facebook last week - and his family, as well as a community of believers that watched his transformation. While James cleft lip being repaired and healed was a blessing in itself, we also met and fell in love with his sister Jacinta as well. We learned that Jacinta has an older sister, Esther, whom we had met the previous day at...Read more
July 20, 2016
In a small tribal village in Masai, Kenya, a 14-year-old girl has a dream to be a doctor. There are many odds against her: poverty, history, tradition, but she's young enough to dream anyways. It’s a Masai tribal custom for girls her age to drop out of school and marry. Their lives become about cooking, cleaning, making the dung-mud huts, and raising children. Tradition . Melody is one of 12 kids. She is the only girl left in her class at school. Her sisters both dropped out of school and are now married with one child each. Family history . Melody’s mother, Nylepo, struggles to survive. Her...Read more
July 18, 2016
Who knew that something as simple as soap could rescue a single mom and her 3 children from the absolute poverty of a Kenyan slum? Soap. Ann was a desperate single mom who pretended to be crippled in order to beg money from tourists. She would sit on the sidewalks of a busy street and send her three small children to separate corners to beg as well. Her children were identified as potential students for a new school that was opening in her slum, Hope School. What an appropriate title, because this family needed hope. While her children attended Hope School, Ann received from the same ministry...Read more
July 18, 2016
They say a pic is worth 1,000 words. Today I found two pictures that could render you almost speechless. The juxtaposition of the two images I shot today keeps rattling around in my head. Smiling school children next to a young teen spaced out from sniffing glue. What’s the difference between these lives? Intervention, mentoring, education, motivation, consistency...Jesus! Children in both pics live in the same impoverished community in Nairobi, Kenya. But the school children are receiving life-changing help through a local outreach called Missions of Hope International. This is a new...Read more
July 17, 2016
Today we took a rare day away from video production in Ghana to go to Kakum National Park. (Although my videographer elected to stay in Accra and shoot city scenics, video I'm excited to use in a future story.) It was to be a long bus ride but I heard mention of a canopy walk among the trees, which sounded intriguing. Well...in reality it was a hike to a swinging rope bridge. Well.....7 swinging rope bridges! We brought a group of donors with us - amazing people who had come from the U.S. to celebrate the opening of Village of Hope, a foster home supported by Orphan's Promise. After a...Read more
July 16, 2016
Today we took one last trip out to Village of Hope. I stepped out of the van and immediately felt two little arms around my waist. It was one of the twin girls - Paulina. It's our fifth time here and I can tell the girls apart now... Paula wears earrings, Paulina does not. Paulina has a slimmer face and is more outgoing. The four sisters and their new foster sister love to hang out with me while we are shooting video. A few moments later I see Edward with his bright eyes and big smile. The machete wound on his foot is healing nicely. Today is the first day he doesn't have a dressing on it. I...Read more

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