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
In early March, Sam Barnett (Owner of Barlow's Premium Cigars & Pipes) in Lafayette, Colorado, saw our 2015 goals.. After reading the goals he contacted our founder, Jimmy Lakey, and said he wanted to be a part.
Within several days, Sam was hosting a fundraising event at his cigar shop. The event featured the involvement of other businesses/vendors in the area, a charity poker tournament, and lots of cigars. The event raised funds to build 4 houses and added 7 new child sponsors.
We are grateful for the generosity of Sam Barnett & Barlow's Cigars. We look forward to future events and leading an upcoming trip to Rwanda for many of the attendees at the event.
Our Child Sponsorship program is a simple way to make dynamic impact. Your sponsorship changes a child's life forever by providing access to education, scholastic materials, school uniform, basic life-amenities as needed, and health insurance.
All of this is accomplished with just $35 per month. Please take a moment right now to select a child and begin your sponsorship.
As we began helping orphans and vulnerable children through child sponsorship, we found a great problem that had to be overcome. Many of the children were homeless.
This presented many problems for the welfare of the child including difficulty in studying and taking care of their school supplies. Of course, good health & hygiene also were made more difficult.
To solve this problem, we began building houses for area widows who were also homeless and already doing their best to serve as "moms" for the homeless children.
It takes only $3.000 to build a 4-room home in this remote area of Rwanda. Please consider building a house with your family, your community group, or your church. The entire donation goes 100% toward home construction. Build a house and save lives.