Help African Orphans Escape War

$18,330 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 73 people in 25 months
Samuel Juma
for Fulaa Lifeline International
 ANNANDALE, VA
We need your immediate help in moving a group of orphans out of South Sudan, a country in East Africa that is being ravaged by a brutal civil war. Your support will help with the costs of moving the kids and resettling them in a much safer country. The kids are members of Cornerstone Children’s Home, which has been supported by our non-profit organization Fulaa Lifeline International for over a decade.

Please help us #SaveCornerstone now.

At least 50,000 people have been killed in South Sudan’s war, and we don’t want our kids to become the next victims! Your support will go toward providing food, shelter, and other necessities to the kids during this challenging and painful transition period. We are resettling the children in Uganda, and we desperately need your prayers and donations to ensure our kids remain safe, healthy, and strong. 


We are Fulaa Lifeline International, an American faith-based organization that supports Cornerstone Children's Home in South Sudan.
 Since its creation in 2005, Cornerstone has been a safe haven for a group of amazing children who were once orphaned, abandoned, or severely neglected. Each child has a story of heartbreak, and yet each one has found a new home and a new hope in Cornerstone. The government of South Sudan visited Cornerstone in 2014 and told us that it is the best home for orphans in the entire country.

You can find out more about us at our website: Fulaa Lifeline International

Tragically, the Cornerstone Kids are now caught in the middle of a terrible crisis. Due to the civil war in South Sudan, we have decided to move them out of harm’s way. They are leaving the home that we built for them because the danger of an attack has become too great. The leaders and caretakers of Cornerstone are accompanying the children to Uganda and will continue to protect these precious kids.

Below are some photos of the kids and their caretakers preparing to leave their home.



Will you help us as we work to raise $20,000 in emergency funds by September 30? Your tax-deductible donation will help us to provide for the children as they resettle in Uganda. We will be renting a plot of land on which we’ll construct temporary shelters for the 70+ kids and staff. Your support will assist us in renting the land, building the shelters, providing various necessities for the kids, and paying for a whole host of other essentials.  We are rebuilding our program in Uganda and it’s not going to be easy.  Please join us in our fight to save our home! 

If the civil war in South Sudan continues, then we may need to buy the land in Uganda and build permanent houses for the Cornerstone Kids. Some of your donations could help in defraying the costs of purchasing the land and building permanent houses. We will update you about our plans to care for the children as this immensely difficult situation develops.

We do not have a new video that shows the children evacuating South Sudan, but here is a short video from 2015 that shows the kids and the home prior to this current crisis.



Please spread the word about our fundraising campaign through e-mails, Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of social media! When you tell your friends and family about our campaign, please use our hashtag #SaveCornerstone.

We will be very grateful for any assistance you can provide. Even a donation of $10 will help the Cornerstone Kids as they restart their lives outside of their homeland! Thanks for visiting our campaign page and taking some time to learn about the incredible Cornerstone Kids! 

Sincerely,

Samuel Juma
Executive Director of Fulaa Lifeline International
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Dear Friends,

We hope you’re having a great summer! A friend of our program, Sam Hakes, visited Cornerstone’s new location in Uganda near the beginning of this year, and he brought back an amazing video update! Please take a look at the video (at the end of this message) and feel free to share it with your network!

Our GoFundMe campaign for Cornerstone Children’s Home officially ended last year but that hasn’t stopped some of you from continuing to send your support. Thank you for your financial sacrifices and for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers! If you’d like to make a new tax-deductible donation, you can do so on our GoFundMe campaign page or stop by our website and click on the donate button near the top:

http://www.fulaalifeline.org/

We’re currently raising funds to build better accommodations for the kids and to ensure that they remain safe, healthy, and spiritually strong! Thank you again for contributing to the lives of the incredible Cornerstone Kids!

All the best,
The Fulaa Team
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Tomorrow is the last day of our #SaveCornerstone campaign! Thank you so much for your support over the course of the last two months. We have been amazed by your generosity! Please tell your friends and family that there’s still time to donate and make a difference in the lives of the Cornerstone Kids!

Our friends Matt and Ansley Kynes have been dedicated supporters of Cornerstone for over eight years. The following is a special message from Matt:

My wife and I have had the privilege to live among the kids at Cornerstone twice, and it has been a life-altering experience each time.  Their lives have been disrupted and broken in so many ways.  War, poverty, disease, corrupt government, abandonment—the list goes on, and now includes displacement and flight.  And yet, despite the challenges and heartache, Fulaa and Cornerstone have been picking up the pieces and restoring dignity and peace and hope for these children tirelessly and constantly. By doing so, these precious kids have seen their own worth and felt loved in a way that would not otherwise be possible.  In this hour of need, please help bring others to their cause and be a part of bringing hope and restoration to South Sudan.

All the best,
Matt
Daniel "photobombing" Matt and Ansley!
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We have entered into the final week of our fundraiser. Please let your friends and family know that time is running out to add their support to our #SaveCornerstone campaign! Thanks again for spreading the word!

Our friend Jaclyn K. Nesbitt met the Cornerstone Kids in the years before the civil war that has forced them to leave their home. The following is a message from Jaclyn:

Very often I consider the abundance in my life, give thanks, and try to keep as loose a hold on it all as possible. I understand that what is given can be taken away at any point, and that none of it means anything if not shared with the people my life touches.

You don't know the children that I'm about to ask you to help. You've likely never been to South Sudan or any place where civil war has been relentless.

For reasons that are still mysterious to me, I found myself in Sudan in 2008, the year the UNHCR began repatriating Sudanese refugees back to their homeland after 2 decades of civil war. I returned there in 2011, the year of South Sudan's momentous independence from the north. In 2013, the small window of relative peace that South Sudan enjoyed was shattered when a new civil war erupted. During the past two and a half years, over 50,000 people have died, 1.6 million have been displaced within the country, and 1 million have become refugees.

The staff of Cornerstone Children's Home in Nimule, South Sudan had to make the heartbreaking decision in late July to pack up and flee their home for the safety of the children. They, like thousands of others, are seeking safety and refuge from a war that threatens their lives.

I've kicked the soccer ball with these kids, played games with string, giggled at misbehaving pet monkeys. They are bright, vivacious, courageous, tender, funny, talented, and smart. Cornerstone provided them a home when they had none, and now they are forced to leave, to be homeless strangers in a new country. They're probably scared, confused, uncertain of what lies ahead for them, if they'll be ok.

Please pray for these children and the courageous staff who led them to safety. Any amount of money you can donate will help sustain the lives of these 70+ kids and staff as they make this very difficult transition.

It may feel hard to connect with this because of how far away it is or how different these circumstances are from our own reality. But please consider how quickly any of us could lose everything, and how desperately we need one another in times like these. It is a beautiful thing when friends come to each other's aid—how much more beautiful to help a total stranger simply because you could.

Sincerely,
Jaclyn
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Thanks to all of our superstar supporters, we’ve now surpassed $9,000 in donations for the Cornerstone Kids! Yesterday a friend of Cornerstone fulfilled the promise to donate an additional $2,000 after we reached the goal of 50 contributions to our campaign. Let’s keep our fundraiser rolling by continuing to spread the word about the needs of the Cornerstone Kids! The first month of our campaign was a success, so let’s make the second month even more successful!

We wanted to let you know that we’ve decided to change our fundraising goal to $20,000. We’ve come to realize that our initial goal of $50,000 was probably too ambitious for a two-month fundraising campaign. We believe that our new objective of raising $20,000 is within reach if we all work together during the month of September.

Thank you for your dedication to meeting the needs of the Cornerstone Kids! We are truly blessed by your participation in our campaign. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Sincerely,
The Fulaa Team
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$18,330 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 73 people in 25 months
Created July 25, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
Fulaa Lifeline International
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Annandale, VA
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