Newspaper - Nine-year-old girl wins award...
Jayden Porter began collecting bottles for orphans in Kenya in February of this year after learning that babies are routinely abandoned at a Nairobi dump. She has already donated more than $1,000 to Home of Home in Kenya from her personal bottle drives throughout Leduc.
A YouTube video of Jayden entitled 'Jayden's Heart' has helped elevate public awareness of her mission to help African orphans... read more
NEW BABY at the Kenya Dream Centre!
This little boy was brought to the Dream Centre from a hospital worker. The boy's mother died giving birth to him.
As soon as we found out, Heather McArthur from Ponoka, AB, was notified, as she was next on the waiting list.
The boy was unnamed, so Heather had the privilege of naming him!
She named him: ELISHA ROBERT IMARA (Swahili name for Strong)
Newspaper: City Church Expands African Ministry
Continuing its outreach to some of the world's most poor and vulnerable, a City church is working to extend its international ministry in Africa.
Red Deer-based pastor Brian Thomson has been a minister since 1977 and has been traveling for more than a decade as an evangelist based out of Word of Life Centre in Red Deer.
Several years ago, the church launched Home of Hope Rwanda which supports orphans by linking them with families. Aside from the orphanage work, the ministry also educates people and provides job training. 'Micro-loans' have been granted for ventures in gardening, farming and the selling of used clothing, smoked fish and charcoal.... This past winter, staff extended their reach to the nation of Kenya. Home of Hope Kenya began receiving orphans - many who were abandoned as babies or small children in a Nairobi garbage dump, local slums or other remote areas.
Karissa Paterson, associate director of Home of Hope in Red Deer, said the organization learned about the Kenyan children being abandoned earlier this year. It was clear they had to take action.
"That's why Home of Hope Kenya was started," she said, referring specifically to the 30-acre dump site. It's believed about 20 children are left to die there each month. The Home of Hope Dream Centre has been established as an orphanage for these children, and to date about 19 have been saved, she said.
The ministry even has men regularly patrolling the dumpsite to watch for people attempting to abandon babies. They can then intervene and offer the services of Home of Hope as a life-saving alternative before it's too late... read more