Unexpected Encounters

By 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 baby because her breast milk was all dried up, due to a lack of money to buy food for herself. She said …

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 …

Looking Beyond Ourselves

Children 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 who are suffering from starvation and slavery. This desire brought up the question: am I purposefully and intentionally fighting to end horrific injustice against …

Love with Action

Tim 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 families who are thriving due to these efforts thanks to many of you who give towards this work. You have all heard numerous stories of …

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 …

Sleepwalkers

By 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 emotion, and gave no response. He seemed unable to engage in anything that was happening around him.  If you look close, you …

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 …

Giving Tuesday

By 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 us experience. The Christmas season for so many people is a time of stress and anxiety, filled with checking off gift lists. For most of us, we don’t …