Sponsors Needed for the Community Kids

UPDATE: As of Nov 23, 2010, all three girls are sponsored! Yeah! There are many many more that need help, though, so please consider helping another child.

Our partner organization in Ethiopia, Faya Orphanage, has a list 300 kids long who have been vetted for their House 2 House program. Here are some of the top kids on the list, with photos…  each one is very deserving of support and help.

They all look a little frightened – poor little girls! This is probably because they are having their picture taken for the first time… maybe because they are visiting the orphanage and don’t know what it means. 

Make no mistake – these kids don’t have easy lives. They have a lot of everyday uncertainty and  they aren’t really sure what this sponsorship thing really means. Until, of course – they get a sponsor. Then you should see some of the smiley pictures we receive!

If you would like to sponsor one of these  community children, please simply click on the “Sponsor a Community Child” graphic on the left. In the “Special Instructions” area, state the child’s ID number, and we will match you with this child. Thank you so much!

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Grand tour of the NEW Faya Orphanage

Thanks so much to our visiting supporter Shannon for these fantastic pictures of the new orphanage. You can see it is much more spacious and bright than the old digs… with new paint and new appliances, even.

It’s nice to see the bunkbeds and other donated furniture serving good purpose for the kids. The best part about the new house is the courtyard – an open, safe and clean place for the kids to play.

It breaks your heart…

Over the past two months with Vulnerable Children Society, we’ve been really focused on building our sponsorship base, covering our monthly commitment with donations, reaching out to tell people what great work our partner Faya Orphanage does. Something happened today that reminded me WHY we do this though. WHY I stay up to 11pm+ most night and why I won’t rest until we have reached that 100% sustainable core funding goal.

The House 2 House community sponsorship program through Faya Orphanage supports children and families in the Adama community. There are 300+ kids and families waiting for sponsorship – the need is huge.

Today I got pictures from the Faya director of three families that I hadn’t seen before. Somehow knowing their names and the reason they are sponsored is not the same as seeing their faces. Pictures say so much more.

One family was happy – they have been sponsored for a while and trust that Faya Orphanage will help them get through. The little girl was bright and the mom was jubilant to be visiting. You can tell this sponsorship is making a big positive difference in their lives.

Another family is being sponsored for the first time. The two girls are unsure and afraid. Their parents have both passed and they live with their older sister. So much has changed and ransacked their lives; they seem uncertain as to trust the newfound source of support and income they will be getting through Faya and Vulnerable Children.

But it was the last family broke my heart. The two little girls are uncertain and wide-eyed; they don’t know why they are visiting the orphanage, and I guess, suspect the worst until proven otherwise. Their mother is frail, ill and wracked with tears. Her white shawl is yellowed and her eyes are streaked with red. I don’t know if she is crying because she is grateful for the sponsorship, ashamed of getting help, or worried for the future. I suspect it’s a lot of all of those emotions.

Thank you to all our sponsors. Your help brings hope and stability to lives torn apart. Never doubt that. I hope that if I write about the two new families in a few months, I will have a brighter story to tell. In the meanwhile, their hardship makes my late nights seem much less significant… and the cause that much more important.

Shining Faces of Faya Children

The next couple of posts are going to be real treats. One of our traveling supporters Shannon took these lovely pictures in September of some of the delightful children currently living at Faya Orphanage.

We’ll let the pictures speak for themselves – you can see how these children are cherished and loved.

     

If you would like to sponsor a Faya Child, please click here to learn more. Each one of these children is deserving of the food, education, shelter, medicine, care and love that your gracious sponsorships provide.

In our next few posts, see pictures of the orphanage staff as well as a grand tour through all the new rooms…

We exist! Officially a non-profit society…

Finally! After lots of paperwork, sending papers for signatures across the country, and waiting for the BC government to process our application, Vulnerable Children Society is now officially registered as a (non-profit) society in British Columbia.

The timing was great, because I (Arnica) caught the gentleman who processes the applications at his desk last week, and he faxed me a copy of the papers so I wouldn’t have to wait another week for them. You see, our account at PayPal was limited until we got our paperwork back from the government. (I’ll tell you, the security measures PayPal has in place are well above and beyond any bank, for ensuring that you are truly a non-profit or a charity!) Until we had those papers in, we could accept donations, but not take money out from PayPal. So receiving our incorporation documents was crucial to sending money to Ethiopia, as well as for setting up for the future.

FAQ: We have had a few questions about tax receipts, and if we are a charity. The answer to both is “not yet.” FIRST, you have to “incorporate” or register as a society or non-profit association in your province. THEN, you can fill out the huge amount of paperwork to apply to Revenue Canada for charitable status. Once received, the applications take up to a year to be processed. So it’s a pretty lengthly endeavor to become a registered Canadian charity. That all said, we set a goal to fill out all the paperwork for charitable status within a year, and our registration as a non-profit society is one step closer to that goal.

Here is a copy of our incorporation papers (with addresses blanked out for privacy’s sake) so you know that we are on the up and up!