Childcare Worldwide in the News April 26, 2017
We made the news! Childcare Worldwide was recently featured in an article on Public Radio International!
As the drought in Kenya worsens, Childcare is on the ground, bringing food and water to the neediest families in the area. Reporter Katie G. Nelson joined Michael Wafula, our East Africa Director, and his team on one of these distribution trips. Katie got to see first-hand the people we are helping and the needs they face. (more…)
Princess for a day April 18, 2017
March 4th was a Saturday like any other on tour. Deborah woke up at her host home, and started thinking about the day ahead. It would be full of rehearsals, sound checks, and performances. The choir was performing at the children’s museum in Las Vegas. Deborah got to ride the elevator there, and figured that would be the most exciting part of her day.
What Deborah didn’t know is that Auntie Alexis (the tour leader) had pulled her host family aside the night before and whispered some very interesting information in their ears: March 4th was Deborah’s birthday! (more…)
Childcare Family steps up to help families in Baringo April 11, 2017
Over the past two months, we have been working hard to help families in Baringo, Kenya survive the extreme drought. We’re proud to report that you have all stepped up in a big way to make a difference!
We’ve already done eight different food and water distributions throughout Baringo. By offering ongoing support, we’re helping 300 of the neediest families to survive! And more distributions are on the way! (more…)
We’ve moved! April 7, 2017
Childcare Worldwide is now a property owner! God blessed us with an opportunity to purchase a 10,000 square foot office space here in Bellingham, WA at a tremendous discount, and we couldn’t be more excited to finally be in our new space!
You can now find us at: (more…)
The Power of a Critical Care Pak March 7, 2017
Roxana lives in a shantytown on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. It’s a long, hot hike up to her little hut, and she complains about the dust that swirls constantly through the house and yard.
Growing up, Roxana dreamed of running her own small business, but instead she’s spent her life selflessly caring for others. (more…)
From the Field: Famine in Baringo March 3, 2017
Just last year, when I visited Baringo, I had to drive through a stream to get there. I remember it vividly because they let ME drive the van – I had so much fun on my “off-roading” adventure! But when I visited a couple weeks ago there were no streams. The whole area was bone dry.
Baringo is entering their 4th year of drought, and the people are desperate for food and water. That’s why I was there this time: to deliver Emergency Food Paks to help families in need survive this famine.
As I walked towards one hut with an Emergency Food Pak gift, I noticed a little child lying in the dirt. There were flies buzzing around her, but she didn’t move at all.
For one heart wrenching second I thought that she might be dead. But then I saw her little chest rising and falling. She was breathing at least. But she really wasn’t moving. Despite all the activity around her, she didn’t respond.
And unfortunately she wasn’t the only one. Many of the children I saw on my visit to Baringo were just as listless. Usually when I visit a village, the children crowd around the “mzungu” (meaning foreigner) with great excitement. They point and laugh at my pasty skin, and beg to have their pictures taken. But in Baringo, it has been ages since the children had enough to eat. They simply don’t have the energy to act like normal little kids.
I was shocked by how dirty and dusty everything was, especially the children themselves. Their faces were streaked with dirt. Water is too precious a commodity for non-essential tasks like basic washing. It made sense when I realized the ordeal it was to find water. One house we visited, the mother was nowhere in sight. She had been gone all day looking for water. Usually she winds up having to walk all the way to the lake – over three miles away! At that distance, she can only carry a little back.
Before heading to Kenya, I’d read some of the headlines about drought and famine, so I thought I knew what to expect in Baringo. But it was still a shocking, sobering visit. As I left, my heart ached for all the families – those we helped with Emergency Food Paks and those we couldn’t. They need long term assistance to survive this drought. And they need rain soon!
If you would like to help families in Baringo, visit our Kenya Drought Relief page and make a gift today!
Trying New Food March 1, 2017
When we asked Elizabeth what her favorite American foods were, she started talking and wouldn’t stop:
“Pizza! And pancakes. Whipped cream! Sausage. Apples. Oranges! Strawberries….”
The Choir kids have all sorts of new experiences in America. But one that stands out to them the most is food! Let’s take a look at some of the food they like, don’t like, and what they miss from back home.
Life Centers around the World February 15, 2017
Here at Childcare Worldwide, everything we do is centered around the Gospel of Jesus. Which is why we get so excited about the transformations happening at our Life Centers around the world as kids meet Jesus!
A little boy named Aashish is – understandably – bitter at his father. Aashish’s mother died in an accident. Instead of being the rock Aashish needed through that difficult time, his father turned to alcohol and drank away his grief. During the worst days of Aashish’s life, the only parent he had left was drunk and neglecting him. And it filled little Aashish with bitterness. (more…)
Sponsorship changes lives February 7, 2017
By all rights, Joseph should have been a statistic. He should have died young. He should have lived a life of crime. He should have become radicalized. He should have been a drug addict.
But that’s not how his story turns out…
Joseph was born in Rwanda in 1994, during the height of the genocide. Joseph’s family was Tutsi. To save their newborn son, Joseph’s mother fled with him to Uganda while his father stayed behind to fight. Joseph and his mother made it safely to Uganda, but never heard from his father again. (more…)
First Impressions February 7, 2017
Ivan and Evalyne, brand new Ugandan Kids Choir chaperones, are trying to get through the airport with ten excited, nervous, little bundles of energy. They’ve left Uganda and landed in Dubai on their long journey to the United States. The airport here is the biggest building any of them have ever seen. As they settle in to wait for their next flight, Ivan asks them what their favorite part of the trip has been so far.
Little Ronald’s answer? “The ladder that moves!”
It takes Ivan and Evalyne a minute to understand what he means. And then they realize – Ronald has never seen an escalator before!
This is just the first of many firsts that will fill the new Ugandan Kids Choir tour with excitement and wonder throughout their first few weeks here in the U.S. (more…)