Coming Full Circle

With so much uncertainty in the world today, we can assure you that even though we have had to be extra creative with how we do our work, our focus remains the same: to protect and rescue children.  When children come to us, there is so much healing that needs to take place: such was the case with Daniel. This …

The Unimaginable Gift

All 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, 52 weeks of the year.  The heart of our mission is to help the children we serve to survive and thrive, …

How Far They’ve Come

I 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 able to provide for their children, no longer feeling the pressure to “send them away.” This is all thanks to …

We Dare to Dream

by 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, but often struggle to fully believe. At Orphan Relief and Rescue we dream of a future where children are safe from the dangers of abuse, …

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 …