Trouble on Mt. Elgon

Sister Mono patiently waited to talk to me as I was visiting Emmanuel’s Farm near Bungoma, Kenya. When I made my way to talk to her, she gave me a letter requesting help for her children — all 1500 of them. “The mentioned children are more than 1500 from affected families because of the armed conflict, the SLDF, and army operations which led to the deaths and disappearances of some parents. During these operations women were sexually abused leading to infections of HIV/AIDS. Most of the children are either total orphans or half orphans.” – excerpt from Sister Mondo’s letter. It sounded like one of those Joseph Kony and Invisible Children stories—only this one may have been even more violent…. Read more »

UPDATE: Hurricane Isaac Relief

  UPDATE: 9/15 We thank God that Hurricane Isaac has not been as catastrophic as Hurricane Katrina, but many people have still lost their homes and possessions in this disaster. We are continuing to partner with Disaster ResponseTeam to provide emergency food and care to those affected. Soon they will be helping in the rebuilding process of the disaster. Right now, we are focusing on Slidell, Louisiana and Pearlington, Mississippi. While Mississippi has not been as covered by the media, some areas there seem to be just as bad as Louisiana. As Mark Cremeans of Disaster Response Team sat up to help in Slidell, he could see over 500 houses under water just in walking distance. He said that the… Read more »

World Water Day – Just Add Water

Guest post from CRF President, Milton Jones.  Check out his blog Through Orange Colored Glasses. UPDATE: Since the original posting of this blog one year ago, hundreds of people have given to make sure others have access to clean water. CRF has been able to drill multiple wells in the Horn of Africa. And our wells have given access to clean, plentiful water to thousands of famine refugees. A little over a month ago, I stood in Turkana, Kenya at the dedication of one of these wells… I saw the product of our donors’ sacrifice and I saw joy on every face. Thank you for giving. Your support is changing lives and transforming communities. Here’s a video from Turkana. Turkana… Read more »

What’s in Store for 2012?

This is an article from CRF’s March newsletter.  Sign up for our eNewsletter here! There is a popular book out called When Helping Hurts. Although it has some good material, I don’t really care for the title. I wish someone would write a book called When Helping Helps. Some economists from Yale and Columbia recently wrote a book called More Than Good Intentions. They studied charitable works around the world and found that some were good and others were not. Their conclusion was to find one that is helping and support it immensely. And don’t support the ones that aren’t doing a good job. I think that is a good analysis. There are so many good efforts that are really helping… Read more »

Miracle in the Desert

Guest post from CRF President Milton Jones’ blog, Through Orange Colored Glasses. The first day of my new job was one of the most sobering of my life. My first task as president of CRF was to get some children supported who had been waiting for a sponsor. On the top of the list was a little girl named Maurine. She was from an place called Barwessa.  When I investigated her needs, I found out that she had died waiting for a sponsor. She had starved to death because of the lack of food and water where she had lived.