I was only 14 years old the first time I traveled to a “third-world” country or more appropriately known as a “developing” country. I flew to Dominican Republic with a church youth group for a 2 week trip to help build the second level for a local orphanage. That trip changed my life forever. I had never worked so hard, … Read More
Loving Tanzania… lizards and all!
My sister in law, Linda Hanson and I ventured out to Tanzania to do a site visit at Mainsprings, JBFC in Mwanza just off Lake Victoria in early November. I like to go to the projects our donors support and give a first-hand report. Here it is! Mainsprings-JBFC- works to give vulnerable girls holistic care, including safety, shelter, medical care … Read More
It’s Fundraising Season!
By Fred Cornforth, CO Founder 200 Orphanages Worldwide It was painful to hear and watch. We were attending a conference where the meals averaged $25 for breakfast, $35 for lunch and $55 for dinner. “I could feed 40 girls for almost 5 days with what I just paid for lunch.” My fellow attendee friend has been traveling to India for … Read More
Building. Building. Building.
Before 200 Orphanages was just a thought bubble above my head, I unloaded heavy adobe blocks in sweltering heat from a van to build a security wall around a grade school in Ayacucho Peru. I joined a group of volunteers intent on finishing the security wall to ensure the children could safely enjoy playground equipment in their school yard. It … Read More
Projects the Love Built
I know it’s almost April, and that 2017 is marching steadily along. I feel as if I’m just getting started on very important things for our partners this year. So here we go! First of all, much of my time in 2017 has been spent with my grandchildren in Arizona. They are filled with such joy when they see me … Read More
Guest Blogger: Everyone Doing Something IS Everything
Collateral Damage, Collateral Beauty By Fred Cornforth Not sure when it began in me–this passion to help orphans. But I remember my response–it was immediate and with my whole being. Orphans. I thought it unbelievable that someone would have to go through that experience, but I knew early in my life I wanted to do something about it. It’s heart-rending … Read More
Driving Change: The Domino Effect
November is Orphan Awareness Month. Most of you know our mission is to raise awareness and funds for projects that serve orphans. Awareness is a vital piece of the puzzle as we look for ways to make a difference in the world and in the lives of orphans. Awareness is key in that until we begin to see the world … Read More
Driving Change: What You and a Bus Can Do
A few, short days after I joined the 200 Orphanages team, we received word that the Ashirvad Children’s Home in India purchased a new bus. Supporters of 200 Orphanages had raised the funds, and we got to see photos of the kids with the new bus right away. Recently, we received more photos from a field trip. It has been so much … Read More
Safe and Sound
When I think about the children in the care of our partners around the world, I like to imagine what it’s like for them going about their daily lives. When they wake up and get ready for school, I imagine some are morning people, eager and ready to face the day. Still, I imagine others wishing they could stay in … Read More
Introducing Mary Chung: Social Media Director I am so happy to be part of this work! In June of this year I quit my job at a local call center for one of the largest banks in the world. That decision was the biggest leap of faith I’ve ever taken. I had no idea what I would be doing next, … Read More