Shalini’s Sponsorship

It sounds like the opening episode of “This is Us.” A baby is left at the doorstep. Only this wasn’t a television episode. It was real life. Shalini Angel Sharma was left on the doorstep of CRF’s Howard Peacock Cottage in India on January 5, 1992. She was only one day old. Her parents were never found. What a sad story! Can you imagine abandoning a newborn baby? But she could never have been left at a better place—the birthplace of Christian Relief Fund. Yes, in 1971 Baxter Loe started Christian Relief Fund here in India. Shalini was going to receive care. She would get an education, a place to live, and good food. She would be raised knowing about… Read more »

The ABCs of Child Sponsorship

CRF directors in the field find the most needy children and gather their information to enroll them in a CRF program where they wait to be sponsored. CRF sponsors orphans and vulnerable children in 20+ developing countries worldwide. As soon as you sponsor a child, major changes start to happen in their lives.  They start attending school, get new clothes and shoes, and start eating a much more balanced diet.  Most of all, they experience a new level of love and support through their sponsors and CRF program staff. Sponsored children love the opportunity to connect with their sponsors through letter writing, and send at least two letters each year.  They are ecstatic when they get a letter back! Once… Read more »

The Unlikely Roots of Child Sponsorship

Jared Odhiambo, Kotieno Thomas, and James Were from Kisumu, Kenya decided to go on a picnic. As they walked up the road, they came upon a man beating a boy. “Why are you beating the boy?” they asked. “Because he stole from me,” replied the man. “How much did he steal from you?” It was approximately 5 to 10 cents in US money. They asked the boy, “Did you steal from this man?” “Yes,” was the reply. “Why?” They asked. “Mommy and Daddy both died of HIV/AIDS, and my grandmother is too sick to take care of me.” At this the young men noticed a crowd of other children gathering. They were also hungry children. Jared, James, and Thomas asked… Read more »

It’s Never Too Late

Education is the best way out of poverty. That’s why child sponsorship is so important—it gives a child an education. Coming out of poverty, disease, and disaster makes it very difficult for a child to finish school. And it is why we rejoice so much when they do. Paul Onyango Ogolla was from a large family. He had five siblings and no employed parents. He lived with extended family in a small house made from mud and sticks covered in concrete. He had no running water or electricity. He was happy if he could just get some beans and rice. Because of a lack of funds, Paul was delayed in starting school. He simply didn’t have the money that Kenyan… Read more »

The Letter You Always Wanted

For a long time. Through thick and thin. Even between jobs—Matt and Felicia Carter supported Elvies (pronounced Elvis). And they just received what every sponsor wants to receive—the letter. Elvies is one of our biggest CRF heroes. When he was in primary school at the Ring Road Orphan’s Day School in Kisumu, Kenya, government officials tried to shut down our school with the accusation that our school in the slum was inferior because AIDS orphans weren’t intelligent. The school was made to jump through all kinds of hoops until the ultimate challenge came one day. They were going to make all of our students take the national achievement test to prove the academic inadequacies of our children. But there was… Read more »