Stories Abroad ...
2022 - Can YOU help us help?
This orphanage (registered with the government) is in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Kadie, a volunteer, contacted us in March with concerns that we, too, found concerning. In March, a pair of twins, whose mother died, arrived at the orphanage. There are already 52 children who they are attending. Some of the orphans have a mother, but no father, or a father, but no mother and some are "total" orphans. Like in the case of a small baby that was recently left at the gate. The orphanage is suffering; they don't have money to pay workers (cook, house mothers.) They run a primary school there for the children, because they don't have money to send them to public schools, but they also don't have money to pay teachers.
We sent money for one month's food. Monthly support buys 2 bags of rice and some cooking ingredients. We have pledged to send money for food for one year. We also sent money for Kadie to travel to the orphanage. In the midst of other things, she is now doing the cooking also.
Five of the children need to go to secondary school, but they have no money for this either.
Do YOU feel compelled to help these children? Get in contact with us, or simply donate to this concern. Thank you
Stories at Home ...
I met Betty (all names changed for privacy issues) at church. She was the first person I met when I started going last year. Yesterday, Sunday, she approached me and asked if our organization could help her. Her immediate need was gas. I gave her $60 and told her I would call her Monday and we could talk.
I called her today and this is what I gathered:
She lost her mother in February this year. It has really been a hard loss for her. She has 2 sons that live with her. Andrew is 42. He lost his job and that has been difficult because he contributed to the household expenses. He just got another job. Her other son at home is Ronnie. Andrew I see at church, but I don’t know about Ronnie. She said something about him being diabetic, I think. He’s 46.
So, she has been able to pay her car payment ($629) and auto insurance ($155), but only part of her rent and she missed her health insurance payment. She drives her son Andrew to work and picks him up, as well as picking up the grandchildren from high school; so she needed gas money.
We provided $250, balance for her rent, $96 for health insurance, and $314 for gas and other needs.
She asked me to talk to her son who was also having problems.
I called Martin. He is married to Tami. They have 2 girls, 15 and 17, in high school. He is so proud of his girls! He had a job he had been working at for 4 years. He is a truck driver. When his grandmother died, he asked for 2 days off – one for the wake and the next one for the burial. His request was approved, but the day before the wake his boss told him he was needed at work. He insisted that this is the last time he will ever see his grandmother, that he is sorry, but he won’t miss the memorials. When he returned to work, he was fired.
He tried a couple of jobs since, but the hours were limited. He now works 3 or 4 days a week as he is waiting for his new job to begin where he will be fulltime. His wife works also, just a low paying job. This is why his mom has to pick up the girls from school.
Martin’s grandmother helped him buy a new car before she died. He is so proud of his car and has an attachment to it because his grandmother helped him to get it. He was behind in payments and he went to the lender and they agreed to take the 2 payments he was behind and add them to the end of the contract. But now his next payment was due August 23rd and he is beside himself.
He was such a sweet guy, seemed like a hard worker, never asked anyone for anything.
When I told him we would pay his car payment he cried.
We provided $812 for his car payment.
Submitted by Barb Jacobsen
2021 -Helping those in Need...
This next testimony comes from Atascadero. We will call her Catherine. In this southern California town we became aware of a woman who will be turning 70 in February. She has a tiny wage through Social Security that does not even cover her rent. To add to her meager wage she housesits and does animal sitting. Her main job was cleaning a B&B after guests vacated. (A few weekends here and there.) The B&B was closed down due to the pandemic. It reopened for a short time only to have a pipe break which flooded the downstairs. So, now there has been a couple of months with no guests; construction continues on the damaged home. Unfortunately, Catherine was left without her normal income … which was meager in the first place. When I spoke to her she had carefully saved her pence to pay her rent, water, and electricity; but she had no money for food. She wasn’t complaining. In fact, her words were, "We have the privilege of suffering, because it is then that we get to see the hand of God bring our relief." She is a faith-filled woman. We sent her $100 to ease some of her need. But, honestly, she could use more. We share these stories in hopes of inspiring others to donate to this cause. If you would like to help us help, please donate using our physical address or the donation button. No amount is too small; every little bit helps! Thank you.
Submitted by Brenda M Lane
No Other Place was able to help 445 children! By providing food for the orphans and their caregivers, fifteen orphanages in the Democratic Republic of Congo received delivery of rice, cooking oil, sugar, canned tomatoes, biscuits and washing soap.