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Category:Children's Homes

Grandson Takes Care of Family

05/23/18 By:

Thirteen-year-old Kevin lives with his aging grandmother in a tiny, dilapidated hut in a rural Kenyan village. At least, Kevin calls her his grandmother. The reality is, he has no blood relative that is able or willing to take care of him and meet his needs. Kevin has no birth certificate either – which means that, according to the law, he has no rights. Right now, he can’t even sit his elementary school exams. And to cap it all, Kevin and his “grandmother” are being threatened with eviction from the small plot of land they live on – even though they simply have nowhere else to go. In Proverbs 31:8, we are called to “Speak up for those who cannot … Read more

05/15/18 By:

The steep mountainside in Manchay, Peru, is covered with a multitude of ramshackle huts clinging precariously to the rocky slopes. The higher up the mountain you live, the bleaker the terrain becomes – and the poorer you are. Margarita has lived in Manchay for eight years, arriving here after the sudden death of her husband. She was pregnant with her fifth child at the time. Living on the mountain in a hovel with no electricity or running water – and with five hungry mouths to feed on very little income – she soon became desperate. Wiping tears from her eyes, Margarita shares with me how everything was transformed for her family: “When I came to Kids Alive, I had no … Read more

Rescue and redemption in 2017

12/04/17 By:

2017 has been a really important – and very encouraging – year for Kids Alive. This first year of our second century of ministry has provided us with some exciting new opportunities for helping some of the most needy and traumatized kids in the countries that we serve around the world. We’ve been able to provide comfort and healing for children and families who are experiencing the effects of many types of crises: war, famine, fires, floods, and disease. We’ve increased educational opportunities for thousands of children through upgrading our school classrooms, vocational facilities, and teaching programs, and worked with local governments to help create policies and solutions that protect children from exploitation and abuse. We’ve seen lives radically changed … Read more

A country brought to its knees and the God who cares…

03/09/17 By:

I was waiting in an airport departure lounge to board a plane when the email landed in my inbox. It was from my good friend, Francis Tombe, Kids Alive’s field director in South Sudan. The first words my eyes caught were “I don’t know what to do!” and my blood ran cold. The hubbub of noise created by airplane passengers around me faded into the background as I read, and re-read, Francis’ email. It was devastating. A famine has been declared in South Sudan. Men, women, children, babies, are dying of hunger. With the shortages of food, the prices of even basic supplies have skyrocketed. People simply cannot afford to buy food. Despite being weak with hunger, some are wandering … Read more

Crossing the line from despair to hope…

02/14/17 By:

You step across the railway line to get into the Misisi slum in Lusaka, Zambia. And when you cross the line, you enter a world of squalor and suffering. Children with nowhere to go and nobody to care for them sit silently along the edges of the streets, staring at me as I pass. Unloved and forgotten, there are no smiles to be seen on their lips, no hope to be found in their eyes. Mothers, seeking to provide for their children, are often forced into selling themselves for a pittance before they can purchase scraps of food. Young men with no opportunities, no prospects, and no chance get stoned on the local brew, get into fights, and fall headlong … Read more

Here’s what “thriving” looks like in Kenya!

02/06/17 By:

Being an organization that is “growing and thriving” is one of Kids Alive’s three core commitments as we enter our second century of ministry. And, as I conclude a three-day, whirlwind visit of our Kenya programs, I am encouraged to see how our children and staff in this poverty-stricken country are living out this commitment on a daily basis. Our children in Kenya come from the toughest of backgrounds. They come to us hurting, bewildered, and bruised as a result of the suffering they have experienced through being orphaned, abandoned, abused, hungry, or sick. Yet the sense of joy that exists in our family-style homes and school in Kenya is inspiring. Smiles, singing, and laughter abound. The progress that many … Read more

Shining God’s love in the darkness

01/16/17 By:

We live in an increasingly fragile and unstable world. According to the UN, almost 93 million people in 33 countries will need humanitarian aid this year. The number of refugees globally now stands at its highest level ever. Trafficking, abuse, poverty, disease, and hunger remain constant threats to so many vulnerable people across the globe. In 2017, Kids Alive will be there, working in some of the darkest places of the world – to follow Jesus, offer excellent care and support, and share eternal hope with vulnerable children and their families. We remain committed to serving in South Sudan, now ranked as one of the world’s poorest and most dangerous countries following a brutal three-year civil war. Our focus remains … Read more

Dark days in Sudan need the light of Christ

07/05/16 By:

Just over three years ago, at the beginning of 2013, while visiting Juba in South Sudan, I met with a pastor who had recently moved to Juba from Khartoum, Sudan’s capital city. At one point in our conversation he leaned across the table, looked at me sadly and said “Dark, difficult days are coming for Christian believers in Sudan.” He was right. During the past three years, the persecution of Christians in Sudan has accelerated and shows no sign of abating. In fact, between 2011 and 2015, the nation has risen from #35 to #8 on the Open Doors World Watch List, a ranking of nations where persecution of Christians is most severe. Christians in Sudan have suffered. Many have … Read more

The amazing God of grace and hope

04/06/16 By:

Earlier this week, I spent a morning back in the classroom. The setting was an International Studies class at Valparaiso University, where I had been asked to talk with the students about the need for nonprofit organizations to be transparent, accountable, and operate with integrity as they connect with their donors and supporters. The students and I engaged in some lively, healthy discussion! As part of my talk, I explained to the students that one of the hallmarks of Kids Alive International is the pursuit of excellence – and this means we feel a responsibility to share with our supporters the impact that their gifts have on the lives of orphans and vulnerable children. And I was pleased to be … Read more

Lives are being changed in Sudan…despite persecution!

12/12/14 By:

It’s been a difficult year for our ministry in Sudan! Growing anti-Christian activity, led by the government, has created tremendous challenges for our leadership and staff. However, despite the significant upturn in persecution of Christians and churches in Sudan, Kids Alive remains committed to meeting the needs of orphans and vulnerable children here for as long as we are able to do so! Our residential program has provided for the needs of more than 20 former street children aged between five and eighteen years of age, over the past year. These boys have been living on the streets and desperately need to experience love and security as well as have their physical needs met. The children are cared for by a … Read more

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