These are some of the projects we have supported through your generous donations to our ministry.
For our Orphan Sunday (November 2017) initiative presented at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, Open Hearts for Orphans partnered with a Catholic organization and raised $22,000 to serve orphans in a life-giving way - orphan prevention. Out of concern for mothers who wish to save their unborn children's lives, a Catholic religious order operates this safe place where where pregnant Chinese women - in a land where it can be deemed illegal to give birth to a second child without a permit - are hidden and can give birth in secret. They are taught skills and often relocated for their safety. Sometimes their babies will be placed in orphanages, and sometimes not - but at least birth mothers are given the care they need, and their babies have a greater chance of survival and good health. The sisters who risk their lives to do this hard and holy work in a communist country have dedicated their lives to this ministry, which has been blessed by the Vatican. Our goal was to raise as much as possible towards the $21,900 need, which funds the care of approximately twenty-five birth mothers and their infants for a whole year. This project is so secret in nature (for the safety of those involved) that project information is prohibited from copy and from social media. Please help us support this critical pro-life movement. If you missed our presentation and wish to contribute financially, donations can still be made on one of our website donation links or checks payable to: Open Hearts for Orphans can be mailed to: Open Hearts for Orphans, P.O. Box 8074, Delray Beach, FL 33482.
In Spring 2017, we partnered with Caring for China's Orphans ("CFCO"), a Nashville, TN based 501(c)3 non-profit has been serving orphanages in China since 1995. They currently work with ten homes that have various needs. The largest has over 700 children and runs like a well-oiled machine. On the other end of the spectrum is their newest orphanage in the province where our daughter, Lulu, is from. In 2016, the Executive Director received a call from one of the volunteers on the ground in China. She had come across a small orphanage with approximately forty children (ages infant through teenager) in dire need. The orphanage was nearly out of food, and the conditions were staggering. CFCO mobilized, raised a small amount of money and sent their volunteers in with formula, food and diapers. Last summer, the Director was able to visit the orphanage, and though CFCO will send supplies and support the needs of all of the homes they work with this year, the urgent needs of this newest orphanage compelled them to focus their ministry here in 2017. Thanks to your generous support, we raised just over $2,000 that was used to accomplish the following:
1. Hire a plumbing specialist. This home with forty children had no indoor plumbing. They needed a small bathroom with at least a sink and commode installed. They need a way to wash clothing. Many of the older children are still in diapers. They now have two working toilets and a functional bathtub (the children were being bathed in a small bucket.)
2. They replaced all of the mats the children were basically living on and where they were sleeping to provide a safer and more sanitary environment.
3. Clothing and daily needs. CFCO shipped boxes of clothing and supplies to the orphanage and carried additional supplies on their mission trip in May.
4. Laundry. CFCO hoped to install a washing machine once the plumbing was fitted; However, they are still working on logistics. Due to the fact that there is essentially only 1-2 people caring for this large number of children at a time, they feel it would be beneficial to provide a monthly laundry service to support the children and the caregiver(s). The best course of action is still being determined to ensure the children are provided with clean clothing.
Here are a few of the photos and we hope you can see the need is great, and a difference was made! Thank you!