2014 was a great year! If you haven’t read our Annual Report yet,
you can find it here.
Here is a year end letter from our President Milton Jones.
When I think of 2014, I will always remember it as the year of WATER for CRF. We have drilled wells in the past, but last year was different. We were so graciously given a rig in 2013. But 2014 is the year we truly became a full-fledged water ministry. In fact, our water ministry has a name—Hope Water International. During this last year, we drilled nearly a well a week. Over 40 wells were drilled in areas of the Horn of Africa where it hadn’t rained in around seven years. And we didn’t have a single dry hole in places where so many people told us there was no water. And our donors came through! When we started, it took $20,000 to drill a well. With our rig, it was reduced to $10,000. And with matching funds, we were able to drill for $5,000. We now have renewed matching funds going into 2015 to drill even more wells at a lower price so more people can donate to help.
But what rocked the world in 2014 also rocked CRF. One of the greatest disasters in recent history came this year. Ebola hit Western Africa. CRF helps as much as possible in disasters. We did so this year in Pakistan and the Philippines—but nothing caused more of a stir for us than Ebola. Certainly, Ebola is incredibly deadly with no cure. We would have wanted to help anyway. But the greatest target for the disease was Liberia, and CRF was already in Liberia with three works. We have an extremely big and academic school in Monrovia called Ford-Madden Christian Academy. We also have a school for deaf children in Monrovia. And we take care of orphans in a school and orphanage in Croezerville. When the crisis hit Liberia, schools and businesses closed. People went into isolation. There wasn’t an economy, which meant there was no food available for most of the people. As a result CRF not only devoted itself through our many Liberian workers to education for prevention of Ebola but also to distributing food for the hungry. The disaster is not in the press as much as it was, but it is not over. And CRF will continue to help and make lives a little bit better in the midst of the crisis.
But when it is all said and done, CRF is mainly about children.
We help children in around 30 countries around the world. 6379 children are supported full-time in child sponsorships. These children are fed, housed, clothed, educated and given spiritual training. But many more children are helped through CRF. In fact thousands of others are alive, getting an education, and being helped through feeding and relief programs.
CRF has dozens of schools around the world. All CRF children get to go to school through their sponsorship. But thousands of other children also get to attend our CRF schools and get an education with Christian values. Most of the schools we have started have been primary schools. As our children have become older and smarter, they need more secondary schools. We developed three new high schools in 2014 and hope to do three more in the coming year. We have learned that if we build our own high schools the costs are lower and we can keep the same fee structure.
CRF makes things a little better in so many areas that I have trouble remembering them all. If you are sick in Kisumu, Kenya or Hyberadad, India—you will find help in one of our clinics. If you are in the middle of the Turkanan desert, we will probably give you a goat. If you don’t have a Bible to read, CRF will give you one even if you are in one of the most remote areas of this world. If there is no church near you, CRF will plant one. If you are a widow in Haiti, you can live at one of our rest homes. CRF does a lot of things to make this world a little better.
If you want to experience greater meaning and see how you can help make the world a little better, Bobby Moore will take you to Honduras, Nicaragua, Kenya, Haiti, Dominican Republic, India or someplace else where CRF is helping the helpless.
2014 was our best year ever. More money was given. More disaster relief occurred. And more children were saved!
“THANKS A TRILLION TIMES!” - Milton Jones