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…)
2016 Year in Review January 12, 2017
Joy to the World! January 12, 2017
Two girls giggle excitedly in a small church in rural Uganda. They are carefully trying on costumes, and helping each other with head-dresses and paper wings.
Meanwhile a little boy sits on the floor crafting props out of paper, while other children memorize lines. A few adults are also hard at work – One is setting out treats, and another is “decking the halls” with Christmas trees and ornaments. Another is laying out piles of presents wrapped in festive, sparkly paper.
All of this work is in preparation for the Love Pak Christmas party, and excitement levels could not be higher! All of this is because of you. We are amazed by your generosity! With all your gifts this year, we threw parties just like this one for 6,500 children around the world. 6,500! That’s a new Love Pak record! Thank you for bringing so much joy this Christmas! (more…)
Christmas in Kiserian November 11, 2016
Kiserian is a small village that lies just beyond the shores of Lake Baringo. To get there is no easy task! One way is to take a boat across the lake. The other way is to take a four-wheel drive vehicle over bumpy roads and through rushing streams.
In a small hut, a little girl prepares for something special. No, it isn’t for the arrival of Santa Claus or funny little elves. It’s something much better.
Gifts that matter November 11, 2016
Have you ever found yourself spending hours or even days trying to figure out what to buy a friend or family member for Christmas? You find yourself thinking, “It’s getting closer to Christmas, and I still haven’t found anything for Uncle Harry!” It can be hard to determine what presents people will actually enjoy, but one of our donors has found a creative solution to the problem.
Read on to find out how she is making a bigger impact by changing her gift-giving traditions.