Welcome! Here is where you will find information and pictures from projects completed farther into the past.
We appreciate your interest in the past work we have done to help children have a chance at a happy childhood. Sometimes, our mission is even more basic than that. In extreme cases, our work can assist in the child strengthening their lives and gives them a fighting chance to reach adulthood. One example of this is providing babies in Panama with nutritious baby formula when they have become malnourished. This absolutely puts them back on the road to recovery. It helps their bodies and brains continue to develop, and reach an age where they can better adapt to their dietary restrictions due to where they live and the available food sources.
We are proud of our past work, but we look forward to supporting these children and new children yet discovered that need our support.
Please help us in this service to children with a financial donation today!
100% OF YOUR DONATION GOES TO THE CHILDREN. THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS COVERS ALL EXPENSES
Food items such as vegetable oil, rice, dal, peanuts, and much more were provided, along with steel eating utensils & bowls, bed sheets & blankets, as well as towels, school supplies, hygiene products, and undergarments all being distributed to the children.
We supplied the babies and toddlers of Nutre Hogar with formula, Pediasure, rice, and laundry detergent. We focused on the very expensive nutritional needs that others generally do not donate due to their high cost.
The ambassadors were immensely touched by the children, forming quick bonds with them, making departure an emotional experience for all.
It is something we have adopted that makes our travels more meaningful. We have done this program in places such as Ecuador, Sri Lanka, and Costa Rica. We encourage everyone to consider spreading the live to children living hard lives wherever they may travel.
We visited and served the children of Maison de Benediction, a facility that cares for mentally and physically challenged children. It was such a rewarding experience, as the love that came from these children was undeniable. There was so much joy in them as we painted, pushed them on the swing, and played games. The hygiene care we provided was such a dire need, the staff was full of emotion and gratitude.
Hunt’s Point is predominantly a low-income area, with many commercial businesses, warehouses, and the associated traffic of big tractor trailers going to and from the warehouses. Because of this added air pollution, children have higher rates of asthma and other breathing issues than the norm. This is just one of the hardships facing these children and their families.
Once we arrived in Sri Lanka, a staff member of the local organization drove us to several homes and/or schools for poor children and children with mental disabilities. We had discussions with the administrators regarding the state of their organization, and determining if their children had needs that we could help fulfill.
In this image, Radhika is seen in discussion with the director of a home for mentally challenged children, and taking notes that would help us evaluate and choose the locations that had the biggest needs to fill.
Some of that comes from English being their second language. While some boys are shy, there are greater numbers of them that speak right up and sometimes it’s almost impossible to get them to stop!
All children lived in shared spaces, as the sheer number of children and available space dictate this. Some rooms are large with as many as 30 beds, while others are smaller allowing for only 4 beds. They are always gender specific rooms once they reach a certain age. Many beds were donated at this facility.
The next step is shopping…literally shopping for the best price and availability of needed items can take a full day, or longer. Consider the time taken to gather information from locals on the best places and ways to buy the items we need in large numbers, and how to transport same items adds even more time to the entire process.
We have always run into availability issues when seeking to purchase 30 or more bottles of shampoo. Multiple places to purchase must be found constantly, as we rarely find everything we need at one location. All this with a language barrier. Also, we encourage the vendors to contribute something from their side for the children. Smaller vendors are almost always able to donate.
The distribution can be the really enjoyable part, as the kids are all happy to be receiving the items, and talking to us and spending time together. The atmosphere is always a festive one and the children are excited and have loads of fun! We always talk to them and play after the distribution.