Friday, July 17, 2009

Kathy :)

This is a very special post for a family in Texas who is pursuing to adopt Kathy, a little girl in China that I met recently. A friend of Portion for Orphans is sponsoring Kathy and the couple adopting her wrote to say thanks for helping take care of her while she waits for her forever family. Kathy is a precious little angel! The pink dress was made by a mom and daughter here in Germany.

One correction, Kathy is at Philip Hayden Foundation, not New Hope as I say in this clip. There were a few little ones all sharing one bicycle during playtime so we provided a couple more. The other kids had sort of claimed different toys, and Kathy didn't fight them. We wanted her to have a special toy too, but they will all end up sharing it in the end. :) 

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New Life DVD Link


New Life Kericho

Near the Equator in Kenya, in the Great Rift Valley, there is a tea plantation spanning 30,000 acres! The plantation recently donated a plot of land for a New Life Orphanage. Stanford University funded the buildings. 15 children moved in in September, there's room for 10 more. It's an absolutely beautiful place. We went to a nearby lake with the kids in the afternoon and they had such a good time running and playing in a beautiful, safe place. 

Little Ones Singing

This is the day... 

Way Cute Clip in Kisumu

Another of New Life's Homes in Kisumu, Kenya near Lake Victoria. 
On Sunday, July 5th, a couple other volunteers and I took the 10 oldest children at New Life to Nairobi National Park. It was $3 per child! We saw giraffe, zebra, gazelle, warthog, ostrich, and even a lioness if you look closely at the last picture. :) Below you see Molly taking it all in. 

Outside Playtime

You will see in this clip that these children are very well cared for. Many have asked why we help orphanages where the children seem to be well off. I did seek out the most effective orphanages, and the goal is to enable them to expand and take in more children. What you probably can't imagine, is that many orphanages around the world keep their children looking very needy in every way in order to obtain more donations. The question then is, who benefits from those donations? Orphans are children who have lost what they long for the very most, their parents. They deserve the very best of everything else. 

Nursery - Meet Nina :)

Short clip of the nursery room. 

Getting a bit bigger now...

Tour of the 2-3 year old room. Just to confirm, New Life currently operates 7 children's homes across Kenya, in different regions. They have rescued more than 1,080 babies. 746 have been adopted, some have returned to their families, not all survived. They currently oversee 170 babies. I imagine many of you feel bad watching this, guilty that you don't adopt. I don't think that that guilt is of God, it is a perspective that often keeps us from doing anything at all. God longs for us, like His word says in Deuteronomy 24:21, to share with these children, to help meet their needs.  

Welcome Center

I mention in this clip that 'because of your donations we will be able to donate $20,000 over the next few months.' Actually, God-willing, we hope to donate $25,000 by Christmas, to cover the 2010 medical expenses for 170 babies currently living at New Life as well as newcomers. You all have already given $12,000. Please consider how you can help us spread the word and provide for these little ones. There is an INCREDIBLE NEW LIFE promotional DVD that you can view and share by clicking here: 

Walk into New Life Orphanage with me ...

Walk into New Life Orphanage with me ... 

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Unable to Blog

I'll have to do catch up blogging for this trip when I return. Everything is going great, please keep praying. Sally

Saturday, July 4, 2009

I arrived in Nairobi this morning, after a 40 hour trip via DFW, Frankfurt and Cairo. Kenya is worth it, I love this place, especially the people. They are so welcoming and interesting.

I'll be here until the 12th, revisiting New Life Home Trust. PFO donors have enabled us to donate more than $20,000 to this Christian medical orphanage. The pictures below capture what they do for babies in across Kenya. New Life takes in orphaned, abandoned, and HIV positive babies that most other homes refuse. They've taken in over 1,080 babies so far. About 70% of the babies arrive here HIV+, but with care and medical attention, more than 75% of the babies have gone from HIV+ to HIV-. 100% of those remain negative today. Over 700 have been adopted into loving homes, and all are up for adoption.

I'll be able to post pictures and video throughout the week.

Sally Allred Lockett <><
Founder/Director, Portion for Orphans