WHAT’S NEW Insights, News, and Stories from the Field All ()News ()From the Field ()Blogs ()Read MoreNewsUrgent Need: COVID-19 Reaches Liberia and BeninThe recent outbreak of COVID-19 has now reached West Africa, resulting in schools and gathering places to be closed and orphanages put into lockdown. We still need to feed the 358 children on our f...Read MoreMarch 17, 2020/No commentFrom the FieldLove In Any LanguageIt’s February! A time that is always fun to celebrate Valentine’s Day with those we love. This is also the time when we reflect on the various ways we show love within our sphere of work in Africa...Read MoreFebruary 11, 2020/No commentRead MoreDonor HighlightFrom the FieldNewsRescue & Empowerment StoriesThe Unimaginable GiftAll of us at Orphan Relief and Rescue want to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year in 2020. With your help, we carry out our mission seven days a week, ...Read MoreDecember 18, 2019/No commentRead MoreBlogsNewsRescue & Empowerment StoriesVictoria’s StoryRead MoreNovember 20, 2019/No commentRead MoreBlogsNewsRescue & Empowerment StoriesThe Story of RitaRead MoreNovember 5, 2019/No commentRead MoreFrom the FieldNewsRescue & Empowerment StoriesHow Far They’ve ComeI have quite a story to tell you in this newsletter about the girls in one of our Safe Homes. But before I get to that, let me share about the photo above. These women are rejoicing that they are a...Read MoreSeptember 17, 2019/1 commentRead MoreBlogsNewsRescue & Empowerment StoriesWe Dare to Dreamby Stefan Lako, Programs Director I often find myself contemplating this quote from Walt Disney, “If you can dream it, you can do it”. It is a curious statement, one that I hope is correct, bu...Read MoreAugust 19, 2019/No commentRead MoreBlogsNewsRescue & Empowerment StoriesThe Story of EmmanuelRead MoreJune 26, 2019/No commentRead MoreFrom the FieldNewsRescue & Empowerment StoriesFull Circle MomentsTwelve 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...Read MoreJune 6, 2019/No commentRead MoreFrom the FieldNewsRescue & Empowerment StoriesThe Power of The Human TouchBeing 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...Read MoreApril 30, 2019/No commentRead MoreNewsThe Story of MoniqueRead MoreApril 24, 2019/No commentRead MoreBlogsNewsRescue & Empowerment StoriesA Child’s Pain Turns Into A MissionIn 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. D...Read MoreMarch 14, 2019/No commentRead MoreFrom the FieldNewsRescue & Empowerment StoriesLove In A Whole New RealmAs 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 p...Read MoreFebruary 11, 2019/No commentRead MoreBlogsFrom the FieldNewsAn Exciting Addition in LiberiaI want to introduce you to our new staff member in Liberia, Steve Pasinski. Steve is leading our amazing Liberian team of nationals and we are super excited to have him work with us, as his huge he...Read MoreJanuary 24, 2019/No commentRead MoreBlogsNewsRescue & Empowerment StoriesWhat 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 anticipatio...Read MoreNovember 28, 2018/No commentRead MoreBlogsNewsRescue & Empowerment StoriesThe Story of Gladis Click on the arrow below to begin listening to the story of Gladis. Click on the invitation below to register to attend the Gala! ...Read MoreOctober 9, 2018/No commentRead MoreBlogsNewsRescue & Empowerment StoriesAnna’s StoryClick on the arrow below to begin listening to more about Anna. Click on the invitation below to register to attend the Gala! ...Read MoreOctober 3, 2018/No commentRead MoreBlogsNewsNew RealitiesSchool has begun in both Liberia and Benin. The craziness of getting over 300 children ready for their classes each year is always a huge marathon for our staff. This task is not for the weak of he...Read MoreSeptember 24, 2018/No commentRead MoreBlogsFrom the FieldA Rousing SuccessIs it abuse if it’s one of your classmates that is touching you? What if the person who is touching you is your father? Will the police arrest him? What if your mother knows it’s going on but i...Read MoreAugust 2, 2018/No commentRead MoreNewsAppalled and AmazedThis last month while in rural Benin with our anti-trafficking team, a young girl age twelve got our attention. Gladis (not her real name) had been waiting patiently for us to get done with our ...Read MoreJuly 11, 2018/No commentRead MoreBlogsFrom the FieldThere is So MuchI’ve been in Liberia for eight weeks; I stepped in to the Country Director role with excitement and a little trepidation, having served across Africa in different contexts and countries but never...Read MoreJuly 2, 2018/3 CommentsRead MoreFrom the FieldNewsThe Signs of FreedomThe Signs of Freedom What does freedom look like for a child who has never before had the luxury of such a thing? I was caught by surprise with what this looks like on my recent trip to Benin. At...Read MoreMay 9, 2018/No commentRead MoreFrom the FieldNewsMiracles In Various Shapes and SizesOver 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 tra...Read MoreMarch 6, 2018/No commentRead MoreBlogsHope for the WearyBy Stefan Lako – Programs Director The Christmas season got off to an early start in my house this year – my wife’s birthday was on Thanksgiving and one of the things she wanted to do to celebr...Read MoreDecember 1, 2017/No commentRead MoreFrom the FieldNewsBreak the SilenceBy 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...Read MoreAugust 9, 2017/1 commentRead MoreBlogsNewsCelebrating MilestonesAs 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’...Read MoreJune 15, 2017/No commentRead MoreBlogsKids Helping Kids Summer Challenge 2017It’s that time again when we as parents, grandparents or childcare providers, work hard to keep our kids busy with fun and meaningful activities over the summer. It’s also a great time to expos...Read MoreJune 3, 2017/No commentRead MoreBlogsNewsBursting with Life – April 2017 NewsletterWith 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...Read MoreApril 24, 2017/No commentRead MoreNewsLiberia Adoption InformationLiberia — 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 e...Read MoreApril 18, 2017/1 commentRead MoreNewsUrgent Need: New Vehicle for LiberiaAs 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 ...Read MoreMarch 29, 2017/No commentRead MoreBlogsFrom the FieldUnexpected EncountersBy Rebecca Pratt, President & Co-Founder While in Liberia this last month, a 22 year old single mom with a four month old baby girl showed up at our office door. She asked me to please take her b...Read MoreMarch 16, 2017/No commentRead MoreNewsNorthwest Alefest Benefitting ORRThis 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...Read MoreMarch 10, 2017/No commentRead MoreBlogsLooking Beyond OurselvesChildren learn more from what you are, then what you teach. W.E.B. Dubois By: Deb Baliko As a parent, I want to teach my children to look beyond themselves and be moved with compassion for children...Read MoreMarch 3, 2017/No commentRead MoreBlogsLove with ActionTim and I (Rebecca) are in Benin and Liberia this month checking on all our children, staff, partners, and programs. It is always incredible to see the many success stories of so many children and ...Read MoreFebruary 14, 2017/No commentRead MoreBlogsSleepwalkersBy Rebecca Pratt, President & Co-Founder The little boy around five years old looked up at me with a blank stare, with no life to his eyes. When talked to, he looked at me with no expression or emo...Read MoreJanuary 6, 2017/1 commentRead MoreBlogsNewsImagining a New LifeBy 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 ...Read MoreDecember 28, 2016/No commentRead MoreNewsDecember NewsletterMERRY 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 Resc...Read MoreDecember 1, 2016/No commentRead MoreBlogsGiving TuesdayBy Stefan Lako, Programs Director Giving Tuesday started 5 years ago as a way to counteract the patterns of consumerism that follow Black Friday and the post-Thanksgiving shopping tilt so many of u...Read MoreNovember 28, 2016/No commentRead MoreNewsThe Hero Among UsWe 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 Rescu...Read MoreOctober 31, 2016/No commentRead MoreNewsMercy and Sacrifice Brings FreedomThese 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...Read MoreOctober 21, 2016/No commentRead MoreBlogsNewsCreating OpportunityBy Rebecca Pratt, President and Co-Founder This week I got a phone call from our Anti-Trafficking team in Benin saying that the two girls whom we rescued from slavery in January will be ready to at...Read MoreAugust 4, 2016/No commentRead MoreFrom the FieldChild Development: Strong Bodies, Minds, and HeartsBy Deb Dezutter Two small groups of children gather around open Bibles, their hands are up and ready to go when the next scripture is called. Crowded around them, their friends are cheering them on...Read MoreJuly 13, 2016/No commentRead MoreNewsSummer Challenge: Kids helping KidsOrphan Relief and Rescue has an exciting Summer opportunity and challenge for your Kids these next eight weeks! We want to connect your kids to the children in Africa who need help going to school ...Read MoreJune 10, 2016/1 commentRead MoreBlogsCreating an IdentityBy Rebecca Pratt, President and Co-Founder Claude is a little boy who we recently prevented from being sold as a slave in rural Benin, West Africa. Upon rescuing Claude and attempting to get him ...Read MoreJune 1, 2016/No commentRead MoreFrom the FieldMary: Mother to ManyBy Deb Dezutter It was a hot, sticky day, just before Christmas last year. Children were running around, screams of delight could be heard—sounds of celebration. Our staff had just made the much-...Read MoreMay 24, 2016/2 CommentsRead MoreBlogsFinancial AccountabilityWhat does it mean to utilize every dollar and remain financially transparent? Our Office Administrator shares her thoughts in this video about Financial Accountability....Read MoreMay 16, 2016/No commentRead MoreBlogsA Mother’s HeartBy Rebecca Pratt, President and Co-Founder As Mother’s Day is approaching I am reflecting on the many conversations I have had with mother’s recently in Benin, West Africa. Conversations I nev...Read MoreMay 6, 2016/No commentRead MoreNewsWebsite AnnouncementCheck out a short video clip from Orphan Relief and Rescue’s President Rebecca Pratt. We are excited to share the launch of our new website with you, and hope you’ll take some time to...Read MoreMay 4, 2016/No commentRead MoreFrom the FieldAlbert’s StoryHear the story of Albert, a little boy who was living alone on the streets of Benin after losing his parents, and the incredible transformation that has taken place since we have placed him in an...Read MoreApril 27, 2016/No commentRead MoreBlogsEnd It: Today and Every DayBy Genae Lako, Donor Relations and Communications Yesterday some of you may have noticed the red X plastered across your Facebook and Twitter news feed with a #EnditMovement hash tag. Or perhaps so...Read MoreFebruary 26, 2016/No commentRead MoreFrom the FieldSmall BeginningsBy Stefan Lako, Programs Director Few things start off big. Most often something begins small and experiences growth throughout a gradual process. The process is often slow, painful, unpredictable,...Read MoreFebruary 11, 2016/No commentRead MoreFrom the FieldRadical TransformationsBy Rebecca Pratt, President and Co-Founder Holding a starving baby girl weighing only 4.4 lbs as a five month old was heart wrenching. As I held this little one, named Lucresse, in my arms she was...Read MoreFebruary 4, 2016/No commentRead MoreFrom the FieldA Joyful NoiseBy Debbie Dezutter, Liberia Field Team Coordinator Life is getting even more musical at one of our orphanage homes in Liberia! The children at this orphanage in particular have always loved singing...Read MoreJanuary 20, 2016/No commentRead MoreBlogsWhen the Impossible is PossibleBy Genae Lako, Donor Relations and Communications January is Human Trafficking Awareness month, a time that is meant to bring about awareness of the current crisis facing our world in the form of s...Read MoreJanuary 13, 2016/No commentRead MoreBlogsChristmas CelebrationAs a child, I remember Christmas morning as a time that was filled with anticipation and excitement. Before the sun would peak over the horizon, my siblings and I would bound out of our rooms, jump...Read MoreDecember 24, 2015/1 commentRead MoreFrom the FieldA Small Business Can Change EverythingWritten by Debbie Dezutter, Field Team Coordinator In Liberia, one of the only ways to generate an income to support a family is running a small business. Many people open a small booth on the road...Read MoreDecember 10, 2015/No commentRead MoreNewsWelcome to ORR’s New Programs DirectorOrphan Relief and Rescue is very excited to welcome Stefan Lako to the ORR Team as the new Programs Director. Throughout the past two years ORR has doubled programs in West Africa and expanded the ...Read MoreOctober 7, 2015/No commentRead MoreFrom the FieldHope After EbolaThe Ebola crisis in Liberia has nearly subsided completely, but the last year and a half has been devastating to the country. Just over 4,800 succumbed to the disease, and as a result, there are no...Read MoreAugust 15, 2015/1 commentRead MoreNewsChampions for ChildrenToday we want to highlight the heroes of Orphan Relief and Rescue. We recognize that the work we do can only happen with your partnership and sacrifice for this cause. We are grateful to all of our...Read MoreJune 6, 2015/No commentRead MoreNewsComputers for LiberiaClackamas County Sheriff and Molalla Communications Company in Oregon team up to provide computers for orphans in Liberia… The Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation has been in part...Read MoreMarch 20, 2015/3 CommentsRead MoreNewsIn the Wake of EbolaThis week we were interviewed by the KING 5 NEWS station here in Seattle. Here is a video clip you can watch of the story that aired on TV. Thank you KING 5 and Alison Morrow for doing such a...Read MoreNovember 5, 2014/No commentRead MoreNewsKIRO Seattle InterviewWe were excited to have Libby, the producer of the Ron and Don Show on KIRO radio, visiting the Orphan Relief and Rescue office in Seattle recently! We were interviewed about the work we do and how...Read MoreOctober 31, 2014/No commentDON’T MISS A THINGSign up below to stay connected and get the latest news.