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Faya Orphanage finds a new home

Faya Orphanage has been relocated. The director has found a lovely new home in Adama, with more rooms, a nice clean bathroom, and even a small playground for the children. This new abode will afford the staff and children more space and room to run. (Anyone who visited the previous location would know that it was homey, but very very cramped.) Congrats on your new digs, kids!

Almost ready to rumble

In August 2010, the board of directors for the Vulnerable Children Society met for the first time. (Read board minutes.) We solidified our organization’s purposes and each director’s role and responsibilities.

Since then, we have been filling out the paperwork to become a registered society (non-profit organization) in British Columbia) and are ready to send the package off. We have set up bank accounts and determined procedures for sponsorships, money and communication flows, etc. Most importantly, we have been working with Faya Orphanage to set up a partnership agreement and figure out the intricacies of how we are going to work together.

We hope to accept one-time donations, and previously existing sponsorships in September, In October, we plan on being ready to set up new sponsorships and get more people involved.

Stay tuned!

To Faya Orphanage supporters – new society steps up to the plate

Hello Faya Orphanage supporters!

We know you care about the wonderful little kids living at Faya Orphanage and in the surrounding community, and wanted to make sure you know what is being done to assure their well-being and continuing support.

To make a long story VERY short! Faya Orphanage Fund Corp. is now defunct… which explains why the website is not to be seen. The previous Faya Orphanage Fund volunteers did a wonderful job starting the Canadian fundraising vehicle up and funnelling your donations to Faya Orphanage in Ethiopia for the last couple of years, and we really appreciate their hard work and volunteer time. For personal reasons, they are now unable to continue running Faya Orphanage Fund Corp. They have cleaned out the bank accounts and have send all the money to Ethiopia.

But the good news… Our new non-profit organization, Vulnerable Children Society, will be taking over the Faya Orphanage sponsorship and donations from the previous organization.  We are brand new! We are still incorporating our non-profit organization, setting up bank and email accounts, figuring out our policies and accountability measures, etc. But I’m confident that we will be up and running in some basic form in the fall.  We SHOULD be able to take your donations in September and get them to where they need to go.  In the meanwhile, we are doing all the organizational tasks I listed, AND structuring our processes, communications and reporting with Faya Orphanage.

I can’t tell you much more than that now.  I hope you will have a little patience with us as we get on our feet… we will be sure to keep you in the loop and give you every opportunity to continue your support for Faya Orphanage in the fall.

What you can do to help…

  1. DON’T expect any more answers until we have some basics figured out. Please give me a few weeks, if possible. (I am trying to get the new organization up and running and would like to devote as much of my spare time to it as possible.) We are certain that Faya Orphanage just got money to tide them over for a couple of months, so we’re in a rush, but not a panic.
  2. IF YOU AE A FAYA ORPHANAGE SPONSOR, DO put a comment on this post with your full name, full mailing address, and what you contributed previously (and how often) AND/OR what you would like to contribute in the future. (I won’t publish the comment, don’t worry… we just don’t have email set up yet.) If you sponsor someone specifically, please add that in too. I will catalogue this information and start our donor database.

We’ll do our best to keep you informed as possible. The next email a month from now should have a whole lot more answers and specifics.

Our sincerest thanks for your previous support of Faya Orphanage, and your patience while we set up the Vulnerable Children Society.

The board members of the Vulnerable Children Society.