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See the video below for an update on the work going on in Egbe, Nigeria. The school project is underway for the 152 children in our school.

#Giving Tuesday is today. Help us reach our goal of $16,500.

We have a gracious donor that is matching all gifts up to $16,500. Visit our school project donation page at https://donorsee.com/school to help us reach our goal so we can finish building our school.

See the video below for an update on the work going on in Egbe, Nigeria. The school project is underway for the 152 children in our school.

#Giving Tuesday is one week from today.

We have a gracious donor that is matching all gifts up to $16,500. Visit our school project donation page at https://donorsee.com/school to help us reach our goal so we can finish building our school.

We are so excited to announce that a Donor has agreed to match any donation received between now and the end of the year up to $16,500 for our school project. https://donorsee.com/school


Meet the Makens. They visited Egbe years ago and genuinely fell in love. The Makens formed an attachment to a small, five-year-old boy they chose to sponsor.  Their commitment to this child was so sincere that he graduated and is now attending university with their full support. They also support his caregiver, which is his grandmother. Their support has allowed us to help her with monthly food packages, accommodations, and provisions. The Makens are dedicated to the education and empowerment of the children and caregivers of CARE Africa and wanted to assist us in completing the construction of our school, Foundations Academy of Egbe. The Makens have generously agreed to match any funds we raise through the end of the year up to $16,500, which is half of the $33,000 needed to finish our school. 

This is an unbelievable opportunity to have our school completed. Please join the Makens and help us build our school!  Visit https://donorsee.com/school to donate

Check out the latest video of the school wall and the buildings that we will start renovating this week here.

Stony, Stubborn Heart

Posted: October 13, 2022 by Patrice Miles in African School, C.A.R.E. Africa, Missionaries, Nigeria

By, Cindy Borody
The summer of 2019 saw my last few weeks at Foundations Academy in Egbe, Nigeria.

I was busy packing up our house and attending many ‘farewell’ events for my husband and myself. I was hot, tired, and just getting through events. There was not much joy, I was in the mode that many missionaries find themselves in their last weeks serving overseas.

I was stubbornly fulfilling my duties.

It was a Tuesday morning when I found myself driving to CARE/Foundations and I was reminded of a verse in Ezekiel.

Ezekiel 36:26:And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.

As the school gates opened for me and I drove through I said a quick prayer ‘Lord, I want a tender heart this morning for these kids.

I greeted all the teachers and kids calling in through each school window. The replies always encouraged my heart.

As I passed by one particular class, the teacher called out my name and asked me to speak to a child that was having some behavioral challenges. The teacher told me that B* had a very stubborn heart and her work was suffering.

I called B* out of the classroom and asked her to sit with me while we chatted about what was happening. My heart broke for her as she described her feelings; I could identify. She was hot, tired, and very frustrated: frustrated with her classes, and friends.

She said, “my heart feels like a  stone.

I put my arm around her and shared that I felt the same way. She looked at me doubtfully.  I told her some of the things that I was feeling and then brought up Ezekiel 36:26.

We went through the verse slowly together.

I was so close to tears as we both agreed to hold each other accountable to this verse.

God would give us a new heart, His Spirit, and he would remove both of our stony, stubborn hearts and give us both tender, responsive hearts.

Each time I went to Foundations those last few weeks B* and I would sit together and encourage each other on how God was developing our new hearts.

I learned quite a bit from B* in September 2019.

When the teacher asked me to speak with B*, she thought I would be instructing B*. God had other plans. It was B* who taught me.

Our CARE Africa/Foundation Academy kids have so much to teach us.

Now that I am back in North America, I think of this ministry daily. They need our encouragement as much as we need theirs.

If you ever would like to know more about how you can encourage a child, staff member, volunteer, or give of your time or finances, we would love to hear from you. Email Patrice@icareafrica.org.

Open Hands

Posted: September 27, 2022 by Patrice Miles in C.A.R.E. Africa, Orphans, People of Egbe, Prayer

By Amy Velder

Oden Ayo stands out in the crowd of the boys all dressed exactly the same at the Foundations Academy of Egbe. He has a big smile and searching dark eyes. His hands are open to help carry goods, to open doors, and to receive a hug or food. His emotions are easily seen on his face:  quick to smile and just as quick to scowl. Oden Ayo stands out in the crowd of the boys all dressed exactly the same at the Foundations Academy of Egbe. He has a big smile and searching dark eyes. His hands are open to help carry goods, to open doors, and to receive a hug or food. His emotions are easily seen on his face:  quick to smile and just as quick to scowl.

Oden Ayo stands out in the crowd of the boys all dressed exactly the same at the Foundations Academy of Egbe. He has a big smile and searching dark eyes. His hands are open to help carry goods, to open doors, and to receive a hug or food. His emotions are easily seen on his face:  quick to smile and just as quick to scowl.

He is talking. He is using his hands in big gestures and pointing. His mouth is moving, and he is searching my eyes with his eyes wide to see if I understand him, trying to understand my words.

As a veteran teacher and as a Young Life staff, I have traveled to Egbe to serve alongside others in the school. I am assigned to the Foundations classroom to observe and give feedback. Each student in this room has been unsuccessful in the regular classrooms with a standard curriculum. The students are joyful and happy to have a visitor assigned to their room. Their teacher, Mr. Emmanuel, is well prepared and uses excellent strategies for retraining. He is engaged and well-liked by his students.

Oden Ayo makes sure that I have a seat.  He offers me his paper and pencil. He smiles at me and winks. He puts his hand out for something; again, he is making sounds and moving his mouth. Mr. Emmanuel firmly and loudly calls for Oden Ayo’s attention. Oden Ayo’s eyes remain on my face, still communicating with me.

Oden Ayo cannot hear. His speech impairment is profound. Recently, CARE Africa was able to help him to get a hearing and speech evaluation in another city. Thankfully, his hearing can be improved with hearing aids. He now has a journey to retrain his mouth to form words he has never heard clearly. He will benefit from sign language school too. Oden Ayo cannot hear. His speech impairment is profound. Recently, CARE Africa was able to help him to get a hearing and speech evaluation in another city. Thankfully, his hearing can be improved with hearing aids. He now has a journey to retrain his mouth to form words he has never heard clearly. He will benefit from sign language school too.

The joy I have is overflowing that this very animated and social boy will be able to continue to develop without the frustration of being ignored and misunderstood. I am sure that Oden Ayo will be using those big open hands to learn all kinds of communication now that he has access to sign language.  Thank you for prayerfully opening your hands to give specifically to purchase the hearing aids that he desperately needs and towards the sign language specialist that will help Odun Ayo be a productive learner.

Help buy hearing aids for Odun Ayo by donating any amount towards the $1,400 needed. Click the video below.

Advocate

Posted: September 16, 2022 by Patrice Miles in C.A.R.E. Africa, Nigeria, Orphans

By Jolene Eicher

Right out of the gate, let’s understand that advocate is both a verb and a noun.   Advocate as a noun is pronounced “add-vo-kit” and as a verb is pronounced “add-vo-kate”.  You can’t be an advocate unless you advocate. 

Here are my favorite definitions of the noun and the verb: One who supports others to make their voices heard and Publicly pleading for the cause of another. 

As an aside, I also learned a new word for advocate and pay attention as you will need this for later: a tub-thumper (a vociferous supporter of a cause)

C.A.R.E. Africa chose advocate as a core value because we want to advocate for the voiceless – to speak on their behalf.  

Did you know you are biblically called to be an advocate?  

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9 NIV

C.A.R.E. Africa chose advocate as a core value because we want to advocate for the voiceless – to speak on their behalf.  

Did you know you are biblically called to be an advocate?  

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9 NIV

Did you know you have not one but two personal advocates! 

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”   1 John 2:1 NIV

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:26 NIV

In doing research for this article, I discovered there is an
Advocate personality type (INF) “16 Personalities(.com)” They are conscientious to the core, they move through life with a clear sense of their values, and they aim never to lose sight of what truly matters (to them). 
Advocates tend to carry around a sense – whether conscious or not – of being different from most people. – only that they sometimes feel misunderstood or at odds with the world.  They often feel called to use their strengths – including creativity, imagination, and sensitivity – to uplift others and spread compassion.

Doesn’t this describe our walk – our Christianity?  This means we are all advocates as regards our personal belief in the Son of God and love for mankind. 

What does it take for you to personally advocate for C.A.R.E. Africa?  

Well, it helps to have knowledge or background on the subject matter so you can more accurately explain our objectives. Furthermore, to advocate, you must always be ready to help the cause, provide or convey accurate information, and defend what you represent.  Are you ready and willing to come alongside us as a tub-thumper and champion the cause for the children, caregivers, and staff of C.A.R.E. Africa?!!  We desperately need you to advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves.

By Jolene Eicher,

Over the next few weeks, we want to share C.A.R.E. Africa’s core values with you. We hope it will resonate with similar values you use in your own life and that of your family/friends.

EMPOWER
Empower describes the process of change wherein an individual with a prior inability to choose has the access and freedom to make choices (Kabeer, 2005).

The solution to slowing poverty isn’t about how much money you can give or about inserting western interventions. It’s about providing people with the tools to build their own better future.

Here are some empowering tools C.A.R.E. Africa is providing:

EDUCATION
Over the past 7 years, we have provided orphaned and impoverished children with an education that gives them opportunities to become future leaders in their country and across the world. We equip them with biblical values and basic skillsets needed to become strong, independent young adults.

The SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
This allows some of C.A.R.E. Africa’s most promising students to continue their education through the post-secondary level. This higher education provides them with skills needed for life-altering employment so they can lift themselves and their family from the depths of poverty. Once selected, scholarship students receive full financial support including tuition, books, room and board, clothing, requirements, and health care.

VOCATIONAL TRAINING and MICRO-FINANCE
The empowerment of vocational training such as tailoring, barbering, and computer/information technology provides success in a challenging economy. It is ideal for those students who are looking for a way to become gainfully employed in a small business.

Bank loans are almost impossible to obtain. C.A.R.E. Africa provides micro-finance loans to young adults and the women of C.A.R.E. Africa. We become “the bank” and provide the loan to start and grow small businesses. Small businesses are the lifeblood of African economies and a significant way to empower those looking for a way out of poverty.

Hopefully, you can now understand why EMPOWER is the first of the four core values in the mission objectives of C.A.R.E. How we are empowering the children and women of C.A.R.E. is not much different than what we do with our own children, family and friends to help them secure a successful future.

View all empowerment programs at https://donate.icareafrica.org/projects

By Jolene Eicher

She walks to the edge of town looking for wood to chop.  If successful, she will have a load to carry to town to sell.  She will buy food for her 6-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter.  It has been a while since they have had anything substantial to eat.  She was thinking about her children when it happened.  He was a young boy learning to drive a motorcycle so he could become okada (motorcyclists who carry passengers for hire).  He lost control and she didn’t hear him coming  The impact threw her to the ground causing serious injury to her body.  

I am interviewing Momma Bose (pronounced “Boice a”) on June 20, 2022 – eight months after the accident.  She still can’t turn her head without severe pain.  She tells me that she boils water to make a hot rag for her neck.  Momma Bose can no longer chop the wood that kept her family fed.  If it wasn’t for C.A.R.E. Africa she doesn’t know what would have become of them.  C.A.R.E has helped pay the hospital bills.  They have prayed for her and provided food for her son and for her daughter, Olarinde Bose, who is in the C.A.R.E. program. 

I recall when her daughter, Bose, first came to school at C.A.R.E. Africa several years ago.  She was angry and she was a bully to the other kids.  There were many conversations about what to do with this child that clearly liked no one and no one liked her.  Momma Bose proudly tells a story of a different child today.  She tells me that just this morning she witnessed Bose kneeling on her bed of flattened cardboard speaking to God in English to help her mother with the pain and not be so sad. I asked Momma Bosse why she is sad.  She tells me that she and her children are facing eviction at the end of the month.  I look around this one-room concrete floor that contains all she owns, a thin foam mat, a few pots, and some clothes and I ask how far behind in rent she is.  “Two years” Momma Bosse quietly responds.  I look to the C.A.R.E team who calculate it to be about 16,800 Niara (local currency).  We are all silent.

I ask the C.A.R.E. team what can be done.  “We can pray,” they say.  The team gathers around Momma Bose to pray for her neck pain, for new work she can do, and for God’s provision regarding the rent.  On the drive back I am thinking about the huge debt Momma Bose owes and the pending eviction.  I get out my calculator to see what the conversion of 16,800 naira is to American dollars.  My eyes cloud with tears as I stare at a number that is unachievable for this sweet momma – it is $28.00.  My heart hurts to know that I eat out lunch with my husband for an amount that would prevent Momma Bose and her son and daughter from being evicted at the end of this month. The suffering could be eased for so little an amount.  I shake my head at the wealth I never realized I have.  

Your contributions to support C.A.R.E. Africa allow them to provide for those who are sick, injured, hungry, unable to find work, don’t have the fees to attend a school or are about to be evicted.  Please don’t ever think you don’t have much to give.  For the cost of a pizza delivery perhaps you could keep a family from becoming homeless or feed a family for months or purchase a real mattress.  Whatever you can give – it is not wasted- it is like wealth for those who have so little.  Please think of Momma Bose and pray for her neck to be healed so she can be pain-free. Thank you for reading.     

From Executive Director, Patrice Miles. We are excited to let you know we were able to get donations for Mommy Bose’s rent and mattresses and have put her on a monthly food plan. Bose, her daughter, currently has a sponsor but would you consider sponsoring Mommy Bose so we can continue to keep her on the feeding plan and also empower her so she can start a business and be able to sustain herself one day? For $39 a month you can sponsor Mommy Bose’s feeding plan or you can donate towards her one-time need for empowerment of $300.

Sponsor Mommy Bose $39 a month or one time $ 468 here https://donate.icareafrica.org/sponsorships/mommy-bose

Donate any amount to Empower Mommy Bose here https://donorsee.com/project/15662

Over a year ago a C.A.R.E. supporter introduced me to DonorSee. As soon as I heard the story of the founder, Gret Glyer, and why he started the ministry, I was on board. I am including a beautiful video about DonorSee but also want to share Gret’s story. 


Gret lived in the U.S. working a job that left him feeling unfulfilled. He wanted to make a difference and leave a legacy so he made a brave move to Malawi. Gret discovered that the people of Malawi were in need of small things like straw for a roof or a uniform to go to school. Because of the value of the U.S. dollar in Malawi he could change someone’s life situation for as little as $20.


Gret started videoing the needs and sending the videos to people he knew asking for donations. He would send the donors a video of the recipient receiving the gift. In the year Gret was there he raised enough money to build a school that now educates over 300 girls. He contributed the outpouring of support to the videos he sent for the “donors to see”. Once back in the U.S. he started DonorSee with the purpose of connecting donors with worldwide ministries working with people in need.

It has been an amazing partnership with DonorSee. We have raised over $53,000 to date for C.A.R.E. Africa. Many of you reading this blog have contributed to that number. 


C.A.R.E. Africa is so grateful for this platform and we love the relationship it builds with donors in allowing them to see their gift at work. 


We were excited to enter into year 2022 with DonorSee for our large school building project. We had hoped to start construction in February but still needed significant support to begin the first phase of construction. Click on the video below to see how you can help with Phase 1 in Egbe, Nigeria and join this beautiful journey we are on.

We are so excited to announce that we have the opportunity to send items to our kids, caregivers and staff at C.A.R.E. Africa again. We have several bags that can be filled with needed items. We do our best to buy everything in country to support the local economy and Nigerian business owners. The items on our list are either hard to find our the quality is very poor and we end up having to replace the items several times throughout the year.

If you would like to help fill the bags, visit our Amazon list here. https://www.amazon.com/registries/custom/37CK4SE2YMS3Q/guest-view

Send a package to your sponsored child! Email diana@icareafrica.org for the address to send your package.