When serving in Congress representing Colorado's CD-6, Rep. Tom Tancredo helped expedite much of the paperwork for River's adoption & immigration to the USA. Now, 10 years later, Rep. Tancredo will join us for a charity dinner to benefit the work of "River's Promise" in Rwanda.
The event will be Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse in the Denver Tech Center. Limited seating is available. Tickets are $200 per person and includes dinner at Del Frisco's and a cigar to be enjoyed.
As part of this fantastic charity dinner event, Rep. Tancredo will share unique "behind the scenes" stories from his time in Congress in Washington, D.C.. The theme of the night is "A Dive Into The Swamp". From protestors, death threats, Nancy Pelosi, Keith Ellison, Paul Ryan . . . Tancredo has plenty of entertaining tales from "The Swamp" and there will be a Q&A. This event is perfectly timed to inform & entertain prior to the 2018 mid-term election!
Seating is very limited and tickets are on sale now! Join us for dinner on October 3 at Del Frisco's. ALL proceeds benefit "River's Promise". CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Over the past few months, many of our sponsored children in Rwanda told us of much devastation during the recent monsoon/rainy season. Some told of children drowning in overflowing rivers - while other talked about the lack of shelter.
These reports of devastation have inspired us to begin a new MONSOON & CRISIS RELIEF FUND. With this fund we will work more diligently to keep children safer during the next monsoon season. Sending a child to school is great - but we need to make sure they can stay dry & safe at night. We can build a 4-room house for only $3000. We need to build more of these safe structures as well as explore options for other size structures. We will also be sure that rain jackets, boots, & umbrellas are available for children as they walk to school.
We have too many of our children who live in mud-huts that wash away during heavy rains. Some children even live in lean-tos that are covered with mosquito netting & leaves from banana trees. The next rainy season is October-November so we have much work to do . . . and our Monsoon & Crisis Relief Fund will get us started. CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW.
It's almost time for our 2nd Annual River’s Promise 2018 Golf Tourney at The Colorado National Golf Course in Erie on September 14th! For more information and to buy tickets, please go to https://co.clickandpledge.com/advanced/default.aspx?wid=137366.
Every year, we make a trip to Rwanda available for our donors, friends, & child sponsors. 2018 will be no exception. We are currently planning on 2 public trips to Rwanda in 2018, one in June/July and another over Thanksgiving week.
The trips are customized based on each individual who travels. Travelers can choose a variety of hotels options, based on their budget preferences. Travelers can also choose additional excursions in Rwanda, including a guided safari to Akagera National Park to see all of the big animals like elephants, lions, and giraffes. Options are plentiful, giving each traveler a great experience based on their budget. Our trips also include a couple of nights in London, adding to the experience.
The trip costs, including coach airfare, lodging, & ground transportation in Rwanda, usually average $3000-$4000 for a basic package. If you'd like to receive more information as the trips come together, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
River's Promise is registered with AmazonSmile so every purchase you make on Amazon can help us!
Amazon donates .5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to River's Promise - World Changers International, Inc whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
To shop via AmazonSmile & support River's Promise . . . CLICK HERE. Bookmark this link!
2017 was a great year for "River's Promise"! Here are some highlights:
Layman Lewis Financial Group
Chip Beake State Farm Agency
Hecker Sports & Regenerative Medicine
Lakey Cigar Company
The Water Shed
We just completed our 2nd trip of 2017 to Rwanda. Here are some great photos. Every smile tells a story! Thanks to everyone who sponsors a child through River's Promise.
In May 2007, Jimmy & Carrie Lakey made their first trip to Rwanda. They had begun the process of adoption and this would be when they met their son (River) for the first time at an orphanage in the Gikondo District near Kigali. They had seen his photo but this was the first time to meet him in person.
It was on this trip, they were faced with the reality that once their son was at home with them, his earliest friends would still need help. This led to a simple promise. The Lakey's promised to take care of the children who remained in Rwanda. This was the birth of "River's Promise".
It would be September 2008 before River left Rwanda to join his parents, Jimmy & Carrie, in the USA. But "River's Promise" launched following the trip in 2007 and it has been kept now for 10 years.
All of the children in the orphanage have since been placed in adoptive homes in Rwanda and the orphanage is permanently closed. Many of the children are adults now and are doing well. The younger children are doing great and River's Promise stays in contact with them. Every year, Jimmy Lakey delivers a school photo of River to give to his earliest friends. These children know they are not forgotten.
The Lakey's made a promise to their son & they're not breaking it! Thanks to everyone who helps us keep "River's Promise".
We just recently returned from Rwanda! It was our 2nd trip in 2017 and another amazing journey! We saw many of our sponsored children. Their smiles tell the story. Each of them recognize the great opportunity that our sponsorship program provides them. Without sponsorship, these children would not be able to attend school and their prospects for the future would not be bright.
We also informed 4 children that they were newly sponsored. They were speechless. Their future is now filled with hope and opportunity. 3 of them have now started Primary school 1 of them just turned 16 and she has begun attending a trade school.
Thanks to every sponsor who participates in our sponsorship program.
"Education is the ladder that a child can use to climb from the pit of extreme poverty!"
In this photo, you will see Emmanuel. He is a 15 year old boy who is in our sponsorship program in Rwanda.
I just returned from Rwanda where I snapped the photo you see here.
Emmanuel is smiling & speechless (literally) because we had just gone on a shopping spree.
He is holding the 1st set of new clothes that he's ever had in his life.
Last year, we bought his 1st pair of new shoes . . . now he has new clothes. He picked them himself and wanted the jeans!
He never dreamt that he could own new clothes. His self-worth soared that day and I have no doubt that this simple shopping spree was a life-changing event for him.
This shopping spree inspired the Christmas Project that I introduced via email last week!
We want to give clothes & shoes to children. Most children either wear their school uniform every day/all day - or they put on tattered clothes. Those who are not yet attending school can only wear worn-out, tattered clothes.
Providing a child access to education is important - but we also want them to dream big dreams! This is difficult when they are surrounded with extreme poverty every day and relegated to wearing shoes they've outgrown and clothes that are tattered.
For the first time in Emmanuel's life, he was feeling like a "regular boy" - not the "poor kid from the village".
<<First Name>>, can I count on you to help today with this Christmas project?
We can buy a pair of new shoes for $10. We can buy a pair of jeans for $13. We can buy a shirt for $12. This means just $35 can buy a full outfit for a child!
Also, if you sponsor a child - we will make sure that your donation goes directly to benefit your sponsored child.
I hope to hear from you soon so we can send the needed funds to Rwanda and begin shopping!
Thank you for your generosity this Christmas!
Founder & President