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Addison Takes Action!

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Addison (L) and sister Lucy Higgins (R)

Addison Higgins (above left) and her classmates were charged with writing a “Taking Action Plan” involving a Global Issue that they were passionate about and/or held special meaning for them. Addison chose over-population in the world and, more specifically, in China.  She then narrowed her focus to international adoption because of its significance in her life.  Her “plan” was to raise money in support of adoption agencies who work to find forever families for children impacted by China’s over-population and one child policy.

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Big sister Lucy Higgins feeding a cookie to little sister Addison. This picture does indeed hang on the wall in our CHI home office in St Louis, MO.

The assignment was to simply come up with, and write about, a possible “Taking Action Plan.”  Addison decided to take it a step further and solicited donations from family, friends and neighbors. Addison’s mom tells us that “Addison is a socially conscious individual who genuinely cares about others and who has a gift for engaging others in causes that she is passionate about.”

Keep that passion burning, Addison.  You are truly a Partner in Hope!

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A special need this summer.

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The murky water in the photo above is the only source of water for drinking, cooking and washing for families in this poor Indian village. Pastor Paparao, our contact in some of the poorest villages in India, writes to ask for our help: “People are suffering a lot to get a pot of water, often  unsafe water.  In the summer season, the problem is too high. I want to ask for help for the  village people with bore wells.   Thank you very much.” 

Over the past few years, our CHI Partners in Hope have provided a significant number of wells through Pastor Paparao’s work, but the need is still great. The full cost for a complete well is $650, but any  amount will help provide a new well. A Partner in Hope automatic monthly gift can keep this work going all year ’round.
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Padma goes to school now

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IMG_1848Nine-year-old Padma was abandoned by her parents in a filthy bus station. When the little girl was brought to the attention of Pastor Paparao at CHI affiliate Mission to the Nations, she could only sob her desperate story. Now Padma goes to school and does very well.

Pastor Paparao reports that  “Padma, the bright eyed, ambitious little girl, said she wanted to be a teacher one day, so that she could teach other girls and aid to the empowerment of women ! That’s the heart God blesses us with. And that’s the responsibility which we learn in all our Bibles!

– Pastor Paparao, India

Suggested gifts to Keep Hope Alive for children like Padma:

$100 -1 child’s school expenses for 1 year
$500 for 5 children’s bright futures 
monthly gift of any amount to Keep Hope Alive in India!

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Safe Water in India

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Families in poor villages have limited access to clean water. They must often walk long distances carrying heavy jugs or make do with water from unsanitary sources. Thanks to our CHI Partners, a number of villages now have well supplying clean water for drinking, cooking and washing. The message below is from Pastor Paparao or Mission to the Nations.

“ I take this opportunity to thank you so much for your compassionate help to dig a water well in a needy village where the people are suffering due to lack of safe drinking water. Now, with your kind help, we have completed this project successfully. The bore well was installed in  Durgada village Approximately 700 families in this village, most of the people are belong to backward class families, low income groups, Untouchable communities. People are suffering a lot due to lack of safe drinking water. Now, because of your kind help and support, the water problem in this village was solved and all the village people especially the women were so happy and thankful to you for your kind help.”               – Pastor Paparao, India

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Let’s save the adoption tax credit

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Let’s Save The Adoption Tax Credit!

adoption tax creditAsk your member of the House and your Senators to attend our adoption tax credit briefing on April 18.

Here’s the link to send all your representives:
http://adoptiontaxcredit.org/join-us-for-a-congressional-b…/‪#‎TaxDay‬

A Blessing from Bulgaria

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Luke and I had wanted to adopt for a long time, even before we were married, that was something that had been on both our hearts for a while.  However, it was over 5 years into our marriage before we were in an adequate financial and living situation to be able to adopt.  We were originally looking at domestic adoptions and had not really considered international, until a good friend suggested that we consider special needs adoptions overseas.  I (Ashley) am blind and our friend thought that this would put us in a unique position to be of help to a child who was blind.  We took his advice and began looking at agencies.

We found Children’s Hope International and they were so helpful and began to work with us quickly, but we were having trouble finding a country that would work with us, either because of my blindness or our income was considered too low.  We were told about the new program they  in Bulgaria and that they might be willing to consider us; they would contact us within 6 weeks to let us know if we could start the process with Bulgaria.  We received a call the next day!  They told us that their counterpart in Bulgaria had sent an email  about a little blind girl in one of their orphanages.  Her name was Lexy.  They figured that’s who we wanted to adopt.  Needless to say, we saw God’s hand in this immediately and quickly began the application process.

All the staff we worked with were so kind and helpful.  When it came time for our first trip to meet her, we were very well informed about what to expect and felt prepared to go.  Everyone was always willing to take questions and we never felt like we were being a burden when we would call with questions, which sometimes was quite often. I would strongly encourage anyone considering an international adoption to look into working with Children’s Hope International; we were certainly glad that we did. Lexy is our blessing from Bulgaria.

from Ashley, Luke and Lexy Wayne

 

Cambodia – WELL OF LIFE!

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THE WORK SO FAR…Water Well #1 Stung Mean Chey, 2015

Our first well is running well and as planned. We built the system for 1000 people, but is now servicing 1,500 people. People from outlying areas and villages are coming to use the system from further away than anticipated. Within 48 hours after well construction began, people began moving in and started building their huts and houses to be close to the water. Fortunately, we originally planned for 4 liters per person where currently the people tend only to consume 1-2 liters per person. The system is holding up and the water has “Distinct, clean taste, not found in other filter systems”. Well number 1 had a set up cost of US $3,500. The current system has a monthly running cost of $50 per month. 1,500 people are now consuming clean drinking water.

On December 16th 2015, when we were visiting, a lady came up to me, got down on her hands and knees and thanked us for the water. The thanks really goes to all the people who made this happen. Thank you again to all of those who made it a success. 

Water Well #2 Project Projection.

After a successful “Well #1, we are now going to build “Well Number #2”in the “Andong” district.

Poor Cambodian families have been “Relocated” to Andong District starting in 2006. These communities were moved from three different communities in Phnom Penh. Most are existing in conditions worse than a refugee camp. The water system that we plan to build for this area will service 20,000 people.

Our Goal For 2016 is to have this water system built and completed before the Second Quarter ends. This water system will provide water for the 6 Communities in Angdong Village. [Approximately 20,000 people].
We intend to rent a small house in the community like this. From here we will distribute the water, [Very similar to what we did in our first water project. There will be an ongoing rental but at least we don’t have to construct building.  Total cost will be $12,200.

Water System #2. Once built, the running cost average will be about .02 cent per person, So totally we Expending $ 200 for every month.
Like the previous water project, we anticipate the numbers to grow. Or in other words, as soon as you put in clean drinking water, People will come to the Well.

Report by our remarkable partner in Cambodia – Soka Sann “James”

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If you’d like more information on the Andong Community, please  contact us.   314-812-1799    Dwyatt.Gantt@ChildrensHope.net