Saturday, March 21 2015 01:05

West Africa Orphans Sponsorship 2015 – The 18 Millions Little Dreams

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18,240,000. This is the total number of orphans in West Africa, which represents up to 10.64% of the population under 18 years old in the region, according to UNICEF’s 2012 report.

HIV/AIDS epidemic is the main factor that fuels the orphan crisis in Africa. 6,000 children are orphaned by HIV/AIDS every day - that means 1 newly orphaned child every 14 seconds.  Poverty, maternal mortality, unwanted pregnancy, war & conflict as well as the latest Ebola outbreak are causing more kids to become orphans. It is estimated 2,102,400 more children become orphans every year.

In addition, there are about 150,000,000 street children in Africa who were not counted in that number and they are mostly orphans.

What can we do for these hundred millions of helpless and vulnerable kids in West Africa?

River of Life Foundation currently supports two orphanages in West Africa. 41 and 15 children are under the care of the Togo orphanage and the Cameroon orphanage respectively. They are between the ages of 4 to 15. Prior to coming to the orphanage, they were mostly street children without parents and relatives. Other than food, clothing, shelter, personal hygiene and basic health care, the orphanage supports their formal education so that they may become an independent person to contribute to their society one day.

After coming to the orphanage, their lives were transformed. In this supportive and loving home, they no longer fear for anything and start to strive for their future courageously. Though they may look very shabby outwardly, when you talk to them, you would realize that they all have great dreams.  Some of them want to be engineer, lawyer, banker, diplomat, news reporter, artist and even pastor!

Are you willing to help these African kids fulfill their dreams? It costs only $60 per month to sponsor a child in West Africa. There are two ways to become a sponsor:

*** You are welcomed to sponsor DOUBLED number of children through Corporate Matching Program. DOUBLE the blessings! ***

1.Regular Sponsorship:  $60 month-to-month or $720 for 1 year

Please download and fill out the application form (Excel File/ PDF File), sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or mail to

River of Life Foundation

1177 Laurelwood Road,

Santa Clara, CA 95054

Please write a check payable to “ROLF” with memo stating “West Africa Orphanage” or

Please click Donation to make your contribution online (Autopay set-up available for month-to-month donation)

2.One-time Sponsorship

Non-commitment based.

Please write a check payable to “ROLF” with memo stating “West Africa Orphanage” or

Please click Donation to make your contribution online

 

Saturday, March 21 2015 01:03

River of Life Home for Children Story 1: Simda’s Home Journey

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Simda Bienvenu is now 11 years old. His father passed away before he was born. He knew about his father through a photo that his mother showed him. He used to live with his mother in a slum in West Africa. When he was 6 years old, there was a time he couldn’t go to school because they had no food. They wandered on the streets all day to find food. Prior to that, he didn’t know how his mother was able to raise him.

Unfortunately, Simda’s mother passed away later. No one protected him so he was driven out from where he used to live.  He had to quit school. He spent the day trying to find pieces of wood and concrete in the trash, which he could sell for little money to buy food. He slept under the walls in the market at night. He didn’t have water to take showers. He sneaked into a family’s home to wash himself every Saturday when they are away.

One evening, Simda slept under the walls as usual. Pastor Clement from River of Life Home for Children passed by and woke him up. Pastor Clement brought him home, served him dinner and gave him clean clothes. Simda could finally brush his teeth and wash his mouth, which he never did since his mother passed away. The next day, Pastor Clement took him on the motorcycle and brought him to the slum in an attempt to find his relatives. People in the slum rejected him. Pastor Clement then decided to take him into the orphanage.

At River of Life Home for Children, Simda was warmly welcomed by everyone. Though Simda was not used to the discipline and prayers at the orphanage at the beginning, he quickly realized the importance with the help of the teachers. He soon went back to school to get formal education.

Now once homeless Simda has finally found the place where he belongs. He has three meals and cleans himself every day. He does his laundry every week. He also goes to school nearby. He came to know Jesus and is attending River of Life Church.

“I thank my God for taking care of me. He sent Pastor Clement to pick me up from the street and placed me in this orphanage. Now I feel this is my home, everyone here is my family. The directors of the orphanage are like my parents. I would like to say thank you to the founders of the orphanage. God bless you!” Simda said.

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. - Psalm 68: 5

 

Saturday, March 21 2015 01:03

River of Life Home for Children Story 2: Being Abandoned Two Times- Justine

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Justine Akolatse does not know who her parents are. The 14-year-old girl has already been abandoned two times in her life. 

Justine remembered when she was young, there was a time when her “parents” had a serious argument over her. Her “mother” finally told her that they were not her real parents. According to Justine’s adoptive mother, she discovered Justine when she went to the dump one morning many years ago. She could not bear Justine’s crying and brought her home.  At that time, Justine’s adoptive parents were married many years but didn’t have any children. Her adoptive father was very happy and raised her like his own child. Over the years, her adoptive parents have given birth to their children, so her adoptive father didn’t want to see her in the house anymore.  Her adoptive parents had many disputes because of her.

Actually Justine had suspected even before that as she never liked her “siblings”. When she was told about the truth, she decided to leave the house.

“Many thoughts went through my head and I asked myself many questions- Why my real parents left me at the dump? Who are they? I hated the man whom I thought was my father because he decided to drive me out of the house.”  Justine described.

Since Justine’s adoptive mother didn’t want to see Justine on the street, she sent Justine to River of Life Home for Children. At the beginning, Justine’s heart was filled with hatred and anger. However, the teachers at the orphanage accepted her and never gave up on her. They sent Justine to school and led her to Jesus. Through the word of God and deliverance in the Holy Spirit, Justine’s broken heart was touched and completely healed by God. Though once abandoned by her parents and adoptive parents again and again, Justine has finally found herself as the precious daughter of God. Today she feels comfortable at the orphanage and the River of Life Church as she is being loved and taken care of very well.

Once a while, Justine does dream of reuniting with her birth parents. Yet her heart is filled with gratitude because she is already at home!

I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak… - Ezekiel 34: 16

 

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