:::::::::: THE CHILDREN ::::::::::
The Peruvian government is trying to stop the illegal gold mining in the Amazon jungle and the child slavery that goes on there. Young children are kidnapped or traded by their families to these illegal camps and unwillingly forced into sexual slavery.
We recently visited some of these rescued girls and they expressed their desperate desire for a safe and loving home, and the opportunity to learn a small skill in order to provide for themselves.
This is where the idea of building a sustainable orphanage was born, and why Pauline & Philip personally funded the building of an on-site bakery. Construction began in May, and upon completion, it will not only teach the children about entrepreneurship, but also help sustain the orphanage.
:::::::::: THE ORPHANAGE ::::::::::
There is an immediate need to raise funds that will be used to build a home in Peru to save these young girls.
This past year we were able to secure a perfect location, nestled in the countryside, where the children can play, swim in the creek, raise chickens, and grow a garden.
This orphanage is an excellent opportunity for these girls (currently housed in an overpopulated Peruvian prison where they are treated poorly) to join a small family group, where for the first time in many of these children’s lives, they will finally be part of a loving and caring family.
This orphanage will provide these girls with a loving home, some aftercare and counseling, nutritious food, education, the ability to learn a marketable skill or trade, and enrich their lives beyond measure.
:::::::::: FUNDING GOAL ::::::::::
The money raised will be used to build a two-story dormitory consisting of: 6 large bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4 shower rooms, 2 small rooms for the married couple who will oversee and attend to the children and home, and a family gathering room. We intend to make this dormitory as much like a home as possible by adding amenities and furniture, such as warm water showers, chairs, couches, TV’s and mattresses.
In South America it's also mandatory to build a brick fence around the entire perimeter in order to keep the children safe from traffickers.
:::::::::: YOUR DONATIONS ::::::::::
We are working with both a Canadian Registered Charity (Southern Alberta Society for High Andes Relief ) & a US Registered Charity (Child Rescue ) to issue tax receipts for Canadians & Americans.
100% of the money we receive from your generous donations will go directly to the orphanage to help these children. All administrative expenses are privately paid by the people who volunteer.
:::::::::: BELIEVE IN YOUTH ::::::::::
Philip McKernan is an inspirational speaker, author, filmmaker, and philosopher. He created Believe in YOUTH years ago as a way to help children in need.
His first experience of working with orphans in Sri Lanka years ago woke something inside of him and impacted his life in such a powerful way, that it inspired his lifelong journey of giving back. Since Philip’s Sri Lanka experience, he has created and run retreats focused on giving, in which he travels with groups to Peru, Guatemala, and India to work with children in need.
:::::::::: THANK YOU ::::::::::
On the behalf of Believe in YOUTH, and the amazing children you’re helping, we’d like to extend our sincerest gratitude and appreciation, in advance, for your support and generosity in helping us build this fully-sustainable orphanage in Peru, the future safe and loving home to nearly 100 children in need.
These children don't take anything for granted and treasure every effort on their behalf. No donation is too large or too small, and cumulatively they will have a BIG impact.
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