The Affero Blog
You are getting the word out! We’ve had 1085 new friends join our group on facebook in the last 90 days. Way to go!
Thanks to your monthly support and sharing posts like this one, we are making new friends and making a real difference. Your help is vital if we are to be an effective in our mission, which includes looking after orphans and widows in their distress. Together, we are bringing hope to the orphan and rescue to the child soldier.
This week I was at Nine Fruits and met JT Olson, founder of Both Hands Foundation. JT knows that there are about 143 million orphans world-wide trapped in a vicious cycle of hopelessness, without anyone to love them, to protect them, or care for them.
Both Hands helps widows in practical ways while raising funds for families willing to adopt. Many couples willing to adopt find the financial costs of adopting to be quite a challenge. That’s where the great work of Lifesong for Orphans steps in, offering matching grants to help cover the cost.
I thank God for the good work of Lifesong for Orphans around the world and for their early support of The Affero Project. Let me just highlight one of their incredible efforts in Zambia where there is a great orphan crisis. Did you know that one out of ten people in Zambia is an orphan? That’s over 1 million orphans. Lifesong for Orphans builds schools and launches feeding programs for these vulnerable children. They are taking a stand against poverty and bringing hope to those in need.
Many people don’t know the horrors of war up close or realize that children are used in armed conflict every day around the world. The use of children like is a great injustice. International agencies and grassroots organizations are courageously fighting the use of child soldiers. For instance, I know first hand the tremendous impact Project: AK-47 is having as they liberate child soldiers. Project: AK-47 has successfully and diplomatically negotiated the release of nearly 200 child soldiers in some very hard places around the world, like Myanmar, where they run four children’s homes and run three schools.
Who do you know that would enjoy being a part of a community against poverty and injustice, committed to bring hope, sustainable change, and empowering communities all over the world? Remember to share this post with others so that your friends can learn more about great works around the globe and join in. Peace.