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 »

What do you want for Christmas?

“If you could have anything in the world, what would you want?” That’s the question Larry Wu asked all of the CRF children at the Lakeside Orphanage near Kisumu, Kenya. It’s a pretty thought provoking question, isn’t it? It’s a lot like, “What do you want for Christmas?” If someone asks me what I want for Christmas, my mind can explore all kinds of options. And most of them are possible. This year I want that new Kindle reader that’s waterproof. And I kind of want a high tech camera too. Will I get them? Probably. I have the means. I have the desire. I tend to get what I really want. It’s possible. Not so much for AIDS orphans… Read more »

It’s Bed Time!

I have slept most of my life on a waterbed. I guess I’m just an old hippie, but I like them. However, Barbie talked me into buying a new bed. It’s a traditional bed, and I hate to admit it—but it is so comfortable! Whether it is comfort, relaxation, sleep, or whatever—it’s like this bed has changed my life. It wasn’t that expensive, but what an investment it was. If you are bed shopping, contact me, and I’ll tell you about it. I love my bed, and I can’t imagine what it would be like not to have it. I don’t even want to go back to my waterbed. And I certainly can’t imagine not having a bed at all…. Read more »