Break the Silence

By Stefan Lako, Programs Director Sitting in the Kendeja Hotel lobby in Monrovia, Liberia, talking with local anti-trafficking workers, I began to lose hope listening to the overwhelming statistics on the number of children trafficked and abused across the country. These problems were not only devastating and widespread; the local Liberian government also lacked the resources to address them in …

Celebrating Milestones

As many of us are celebrating our high school and university graduates here in the western part of the world, we as Orphan Relief and Rescue are also celebrating equal milestones in the children’s lives who, without your help, some would not be alive today. Tim and I returned on May 17th from our Africa travels. The day we flew …

Bursting with Life – April 2017 Newsletter

With springtime comes visible evidence of new life all around us. As the buds of flowers begin to burst open, the colors that show forth in every plant is a reminder that beauty comes with new life. Seeing our children and families thriving on our programs in both Liberia and Benin is also evidence that new life is taking place …

Liberia Adoption Information

Liberia — For the last 10 years, Orphan Relief and Rescue has worked very closely with the Liberian Government to protect as many children as possible from incredible abuse and neglect. We have empowered the Ministry of Children and Social Protection office within the government on many levels to help them in their efforts. Due to our relationship with them, …

Urgent Need: New Vehicle for Liberia

As many of you know, Orphan Relief and Rescue’s program’s over the past 7 years have grown and changed tremendously in Liberia. Throughout that time, our two in country vehicles have been used extensively to provide transportation for our staff to manage and implement our Child Development Programs. The constant use on rough terrain has slowly worn down these trucks …

Northwest Alefest Benefitting ORR

This weekend we are honored to be the beneficiaries of funds raised through a private event hosted by a long time Orphan and Relief and Rescue supporter. The Northwest Alefest is a family friendly event at The Cove in Normandy Park, Washington. Come enjoy the live music, snacks or dinner from a fantastic food truck, and a brew from one of …

Imagining a New Life

By Stefan Lako, Programs Director Imagine a world in which you need to choose between starving with your children or selling one of them in order to survive. This is exactly the dilemma facing the majority of families living in rural Benin. According to a recent survey that our field team conducted, 53% of families sell at least one of …

December Newsletter

MERRY CHRISTMAS! In this beautiful time of the year it is my hope that each of you will feel an extra amount of love, grace and hope in your every day lives. Three years ago, Orphan Relief and Rescue embarked on an experiment to try to curb the slave trade of children in some of the largest child trafficking villages …

The Hero Among Us

We want to introduce you to one of the Platinum Corporate sponsors of our 8th Annual Seattle Gala this year. Viet Ly is a local business man who is striving to help not only Orphan Relief and Rescue’s many needy children, but is also working to help bring a cure to cancer.  Viet is a husband and father of three …

Mercy and Sacrifice Brings Freedom

These last few weeks have been a whirlwind of travel checking on our children, staff, partners, and programs that we have in Benin and Liberia, West Africa. I always come away from these trips more humbled and more motivated! Being face to face with children who have endured incredible abuse and pain at the hands of those who were supposed …