" Daniel's Children" is the name of a small orphanage in Liberia, West Africa that requests community support through donations to sustain it's current operations and vision for expansion to become a center for healing family trauma in this country that has experienced so much.
Daniel Titus Gbassagee is a native-born Liberian, who began in 2007 assisting orphans in Liberia. My husband John Davies 3 and myself, Ayo Handy-Kendi, aka Rosa Clary, met Daniel when we traveled to Liberia to share "Breathology" to traumatized teachers who had experienced the 14 year civil war in Liberia. Daniel was one of our tour guides, and as we traveled in a tight van around Liberia, he shared his goals, visions and aspirations of creating an orphanage center in Liberia, because he felt the pain of losing both his parents at age 8, killed in front of him during the bloody civil unrest and he empathized with other orphans.
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We taught Daniel and over 400 teachers my modality "Breathology" which is the "art and science of breath awareness, the mechanics of breathing and the application of breath techniques to advance Spirit, Mind and Body which is excellent for trauma release and stress management. On the day before our departure, a teary eyed 23 year-old Daniel, asked us to be his parents and we agreed.
Despite our limited income as retirees who supplement our income through our wholistic health efforts, we, as his parents, have helped support Daniel complete college with a major in public administration; helped with medical expenses for Malaria bouts and injuries he sustained by a hit and run, motorcycle accident, and attempted to fund-raise for him to create an entrepreneur water project.
When the Ebola crises hit Liberia, Daniel's sister, a nurse, died helping others, and Daniel took in her 4 children, which was the beginning of his vision for an orphanage in Liberia.
DANIEL'S CHILDREN, the name we gave to his caring efforts, has now expanded to 6 children whereby he has housed an orphan living off of the streets and another, whose mothers recently died from COVID.
Currently, they live off of the agriculture of the land and our meager support.
Now, COVID has hit Liberia, and just like other parts of the world, there is a need to expand the orphanage, as Daniel sees more children in the streets, in need of a loving home.
In September, Daniel had to make an emergency move from Gran Bassa County to Liberia's capitol city of Monrovia, after he and the children were robbed at knife-point by bandits. The bandits entered their unsecured compound and took the children's clothes and their last food and we figured that it was a "set-up". We speculated that the bandits would come back.
The children were further traumatized and terrified, so we drained our account to provide travel expenses for Daniel and his 6 children; relocation expenses for a household; and a security deposit and rent for a gated, secure home compound.
Now, the owner of the compound is demanding a full year's rent in advance, which is the end of the year tradition in Liberia. However, we don't have the funds.
Further, the children are in need of new clothing, food and funds to attend school.
EMERGENCY DONATIONS OF SUPPORT WILL PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING;
(1) $600.00 for a year's rent payment
(2) $275.00 to purchase replacement water, food, clothing and shoes
(3) $125.00 to enroll 2 of the older children in school
Funds are needed immediately to ensure that the orphanage doors remain open in this community and can expand to become an anchor of emotional support for others in need of trauma relief, as Daniel uses his "breathology" training in this new location.
SUSTAINING DONATIONS OF $275 PER MONTH WILL HELP SUSTAIN THEIR SCHOOLING, FOOD, WATER and HOUSEHOLD NEEDS, thereby PLEDGES OF SUSTAINING DONATIONS ARE ALSO REQUESTED.
WHAT YOUR SUPPORT CREATES:
Diasporian people know the trauma of war, poverty, displacement, losing their family members and community disruption and can relate to supporting this young man's kind hearted efforts.
Liberia is still crawling out of the ravages of war, health crises, administrative chaos and public health institutional derailment. Your donation can offer an escape from such limitations just like our small donations helped Daniel complete college and now he is "giving back".
We ask you to help expand the possibilities of our humanitarian effort to heal the trauma in Liberia, an African-American sister country. A well-maintained orphanage where children are educated, emotionally healed through breathology, nurtured and loved, can contribute to creating leaders who can help rebuild Liberia.
Please contribute to this vision. We sincerely thank you in advance for your donations. To ensure that funds will be properly disbursed, Daniel has asked his parents, John and I to continue to help him manage his orphanage for it's greatest success.
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