Full Circle Moments

Twelve years ago, when we founded Orphan Relief and Rescue, we had no idea that so many kids would be given a second chance at life due to these efforts. This was a big experiment to simply help as many children as we could, who were in distress and near death. To our amazement, this has blossomed into something more …

The Power of The Human Touch

Being swarmed by beautiful African children is something that has become the norm as we visit the kids and families that we work with. Most of the children we serve desperately crave a loving touch from someone who cares.  The children love to touch our western skin and it’s not uncommon to have five to ten little hands stroking our arms, …

A Child’s Pain Turns Into A Mission

In Benin, we do a lot of family tracing and documentation of children who had been lost in the trafficking world, who  have been intercepted from being taken, or who never even existed on paper. Due to poverty, most families do not have the eight dollars needed for a birth certificate, nor do many parents know how to read or …

Love In A Whole New Realm

As we reflect on love this month, due to Valentine’s Day coming up, we want to share with you what showing love looks like in a whole new realm. Imagine you are a child who was raised in severe poverty, never knowing if your family would eat that day. School fees are out of the question, but a family friend …

What is Success?

We love the Christmas season where everything is simply more meaningful and we are able to reflect on what has been accomplished over the year, with your partnership. We also have great anticipation and excitement for the beautiful stories of redemption that will be unfolding in the new year ahead. I am often posed the question of how we gauge …

The Story of Gladis

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Anna’s Story

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Miracles of beauty

Over the last few months we have been able to be a part of an incredible miracle story that has been unfolding before our eyes. A little four-year-old boy who we met in August. His story was a tragic one of abuse and severe neglect. He could not walk due to a negligent surgery from an infection that should have …

Hope and Opportunity: Jeanne’s Story

Jeanne is a mother living in a small village in Benin. When we first met her, she had no job and struggled to feed her children. Being married to a man who is very old and frail, the responsibility of providing for the family falls on her. Today, she has received several small loans through our Micro-Finance Program, which she …

Child Bride: Juliette’s Story

Juliette* is a 13 year old girl, who was rescued from becoming a child bride in Benin. Juliette was sent to live with her grandmother so that both parents could would work in Nigeria. Her aging grandmother was unable to care for her, and was pursuing marriage prospects in older men. Unfortunately, this is a common scenario for young girls …