Orphan Voice was conducting a series of anti-trafficking seminars in rural Quang Nam Province when we learned about a group of people in a remote area that were in need of some extra food. We finished the seminar that day and delivered food.
Enduring Voices 100 Mile Run – 2016 will be completed from October 4-6. Our runners will start at Cinnamon Top, a remote mountain near the Laotian border in the central highlands of Vietnam. We will finish near the China Sea, a distance of 100 miles across Quang Nam Province, the entire width of central Vietnam! Along the way, we will pass through numerous villages, orphanages, and schools, visiting the children of Vietnam along the way. We have room for individual runners and relay teams, but each must be able to run 33 miles per day for three consecutive days.
New this year is a Simul-Run! Runners who wish to participate, but aren’t able to travel to Vietnam, can accumulate miles between September 30 and October 6.
We aim to raise $50,000 this year, and ask that individuals raise support through our fundraising page. Whether you will be in Vietnam, or running at home, we appreciate your dedication and support!
In addition to the 100 mile run in Vietnam we are expanding Enduring Voices to include a Simul-Run for people who want to participate in the run but can’t travel to Vietnam. So people can participate in the run in 3 ways:
Runners in Vietnam can participate as individuals (run the whole 100 miles over the three days) or participate as a relay, which will allow even the most modest of runners to join. If they can’t travel to Vietnam, they can participate in the Simul-Run! This run will allow them to participate wherever they are – for as many miles as they decide, from Oct 1-6.
Individuals or teams can register for the event, either in-person (Vietnam) or the Simul-Run at no cost, then set up their fundraising page. They can then share their fundraising page on facebook, twitter, and by email. Anyone can show their support by making a contribution on one of the runners pledge pages.
To register to participate: https://www.runreg.com/enduring-voices-2016
To make a contribution to support: https://www.pledgereg.com/enduring-voices-2016 They can select to support an individual runner or team or make a general contribution to Enduring Voices.
Enduring Voices Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/promiserun/
For people wanting more information regarding the Simul Run they can contact Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ha Giang Province, the northernmost part of Vietnam, is a place where tigers live. It’s also a place where very poor people live, many from minority tribes. These people live largely in the forests where they trap, hunt and plant where they can.
After completing elementary school, minority students move to boarding schools in larger towns to attend junior high. The boarding schools are functional orphanages with the children returning home only a few times each year to see their parents. Recently, an Orphan Voice Relief Team went to 10 of those junior high boarding schools and their 731 precious children.
As a result of that scouting trip and finding needy children, an Orphan Voice team delivered 731 pairs of new shoes. Have you ever fitted 731 children for shoes? Now imagine buying those shoes in one town, then transporting them 200 miles through 6,500 foot mountains to reach the children. Thankfully, through the teachers’ careful measuring of feet on one end, and the careful buying of shoes on the other, Orphan Voice staff put 1,462 new, warm shoes on those precious feet!
Narrow, muddy roads made five of the schools accessible only by motorbike. It was hard to get there, but our partners sent us and we are very glad to go!. But Orphan Voice had no choice but to go, because children were in need. Going is what Orphan Voice partners expected us to do.
In the Highlands in the winter, the temperature falls to below freezing. Children often have poor (or no) shoes and they needs coats. If you would like to provide a child a heavy winter coat and good winter shoes, you can do so for $20 per child. To do so, click here!
When I saw the contrast between their faces and feet, I couldn’t help it. “We will …. ” But first, let me give you some background:
In Ha Giang Province, a mountainous region that borders China, neither homes nor schools have heat. In response to a request from the Provincial Education Department, an Orphan Voice scout team visited the Province in the early winter. It was 29 degrees Farenheit on the morning of the team’s visit. The Ha Giang economy is a semi-barter one, with many families trading vegetables, which they have grown, for their neighbor’s meat, which they have hunted or raised.
Secondary school children go to boarding schools located in larger towns, usually far away from the children’s villages. The deep, ragged valleys and lack of roads don’t permit easy travel. As a result, the schools double as orphanages. Kids visit their homes during the summer and school holidays. The scout team investigated several facilities that day.
The children were cold. Most had runny noses. The scout team recommended to Orphan Voice’s central office that we provide winter coats immediately. Thereafter, a second Orphan Voice team soon departed Hanoi with 350 good quality, heavy coats and some thermal pants.
That’s when I noticed the contrast between their faces and feet. Their faces beamed with smiles, but most of their feet were wet, cold, and partially exposed to the weather.Their plastic slippers had an open, mesh pattern. For many, the low temperatures caused the plastic to harden and crack–and the children’s feet were cut or rubbed raw–some with visible infection. More from the heart than from the head, I immediately said: “We’ll return with good shoes and socks for all the children.” We were able to do that!
Like me, look at those faces and look at those feet. The picture here is representative of children living in the Highlands every winter. We do have the opportunity to participate in His work to bless “the least of these.” $20 will purchase a good quality, winter coat and shoes. To make a designated gift for shoes or a general donation, click here.
An orphanage is not plan A for children ~ parents are. But in some cases when a child has no parents, an orphanage is the best option to provide for that child’s safety and care. Promise House Group Home is such a place of safety for children like Dung.
Dung’s father abandoned his family when she was eight years old. His leaving, and the loss of his salary, brought biting poverty to Dung, her mom and a younger sister. At times, the three were forced to beg for food. And it got worse. Men forced themselves upon her mother, and at times, attempted to force themselves upon young, pretty Dung. At night, Dung’s mom slept near her daughters with a knife under her pillow. More than once men tried to break into the house. Thankfully for Dung, no man abused her.
In 2010, Dung’s mom situation became so difficult that she petitioned the government to place Dung in an orphanage.
And that’s how Dung came to Promise House Group Home. It was more than she could have imagined or hoped for. Suddenly, she had plenty of food, nice clothes, a good bed, and friends. She could go to school. Her outward needs were met.
But what of her inner needs – the “difficult-to-get-at ones?” To buy food is easy. To deal with inner hurts is another matter. What about her feeling of not being loved? What of those lingering fears because of the nights men tried to break into her house? What of the insecurity in her life because of her need to beg for food in those early years?
There is good news! Love restores!
How does one measure whether restoration is happening? We think one way is school performance. Remember, children who have suffered like these children normally do poorly in school. They probably missed many school days before coming to Promise House. Even if they attended school regularly, they would have been plagued by fears, undernourishment and insecurity.
We are happy to report that in a recent grading period, many Promise House children raised their grade point average by a full grade! C’s became B’s. B’s became A’s. (A few D’s became C’s!) Why the improvement? We think that a major reason is that they feel more secure. They feel safe. Accordingly, they are free to prosper!
Promise House Group Home is not fully sponsored. We need child sponsors or others who want to designate significant gifts to provide for these children. Please help us by donating here, or send your gift to our mailing address below.Orphan Voice P.O. Box 910410 Lexington, KY 40591 866-377-4928
Treating a young patient
Dr. Ralph Thacker is the first dentist that most of the Tay Giang children have ever seen. For several days, Dr. Thacker’s team saw child after child for examinations, teeth cleaning, and treatment.
In all, about 350 children, teachers and villagers received dental care. Forty children had a tooth pulled (they were brave about any discomfort or fear–and very appreciative of the excellent care!). All the children received a new toothbrush, tooth paste and dental floss.
Over and over, the children had one message to pass along to the dentist…and to you–the ones who sent the team from Danang to Tay Giang: “Thanks for helping us!”
Sharing your skill is a wonderful way to bless people. Would you like to do so? If you would like to bless “the least of these” on a friendship team, email email@example.com.
Posted: 07/29/2013 10:57 am EDT
The FBI has rescued 105 child sex-trafficking victims, FBI Assistant Director Ronald Hosko announced Monday.
The youngest of the rescued children was 9 years old, according to Reuters.
One underage victim told officials she became involved with prostitution when she was 11, according to CNN.
“Many times the children that are taken in in these types of criminal activities are children that are disaffected, they are from broken homes, they may be on the street themselves,” FBI Acting Executive Assistant Director Kevin Perkins said, according to the network. “They are really looking for a meal, they are looking for shelter, they are looking for someone to take care of them.”
Another victim, identified as “Alex,” told interviewers she became a prostitute at the age of 16, when she felt she had no other options to feed and clothe herself.