Archive for the ‘Orphans’ Category

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.

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.

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.

Life is a Lesson

Posted: March 30, 2022 by salako86 in C.A.R.E. Africa, Nigeria, Orphans, Outreach, People of Egbe, Prayer

By: Emma Salako

I count this life to be a lesson, that everything we achieve comes only by the grace of God and not hard work. Whatever one has, it’s for the benefit of the world, given by God to impact the lives of others. God is not selfish that he blesses us, but blesses us to also bless others, to make them feel the true love that comes from him alone. Pride is a disease that if one is not careful will destroy life, but true humility brings joy and fulfillment to the soul.

No matter how brilliant, educated, and sharp we are. That doesn’t make us complete what makes us complete is that God has chosen us as his hands and feet, and our heart of love towards humanity. We’ll be the change that the world deserves and show compassion to those who don’t have the privilege to be who they desire to become. This life is very short and no one knows when it’s all going to be over, but while there’s still breath in us we need to make use of every opportunity we got to make sure that we conquer the fear of this world. A little hand of Love and Care may be the only thing to save a life.

If only we understood what love means and how important it is to show, we would have the true meaning of life, and its impacts on people who do not have a good chance to win. Remember that none of us just became successful overnight, it was over time with love from those we never could have imagined that helped us. An act of care and love goes a long way in transforming someone’s life from worse to better. Let love speak!

Millions of Nigerian students are disappointed every year because they cannot attend university.  Not because they didn’t study hard enough for entrance exams, but because there isn’t enough room for all of them and it’s not affordable for most. 

74% of Nigerians that apply for higher education will be denied. Only 1 out of 4 will have the opportunity to go. WHY?

The US has over 5,000 higher education institutions to service a population of roughly 319 million.  Compare that to Nigeria who has around 150 universities to service a population of 180 million people, 62% of them 24 or younger.  There is simply not enough universities  in Nigeria to accommodate the growing student population. 

If a student is accepted, the school fees can range from $1,000 to $6,000 per year, for federal, state, or private university.  For a country with an approximate minimum wage of $57 a month (about $2 a day) it is clearly impossible for most families to to send their children to university.  

We are fortunate to have six students in higher institutions in Nigeria and one in the United States.  These children are blessed to have sponsors who invest in their lives. We work very hard to obtain admittance for our children. For those who are able to gain admission we rely on our sponsors for tuition fees. A higher education gives them the opportunity to break free from the cycle of poverty. God’s kingdom is growing, and generations will be transformed because when you educate a child, you educate a nation. 

Please consider giving to our scholarship fund to enable more children to continue their education at https://give.icareafrica.org/careafrica/scholarship

We need more prayer warriors to join our team!

We are so blessed with 201 prayer partners. Many have journeyed with us since 2013 and many are brand new. We believe in the power of prayer and would love for you to join us too. Click this link to join our prayer team, http://eepurl.com/DZf_D

We send out prayer requests and praises two times a month and just ask that you pray alongside us and the other 201 prayer partners. You will be blessed by getting to see God’s hand at work in our ministry. We also welcome prayer requests from you. We pray for our donors regularly and would love to add any prayer requests you have to the list. You can see one of our prayer boards hanging at C.A.R.E. Africa, in Egbe.

Ephesians 6:18 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

Click this link to join our prayer team, http://eepurl.com/DZf_D.