Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Little updates

Brown is from Liberia.
He needs an orthopedic surgeon.
Know one who might want to help?
We still have several children in dire
need of charity care from Liberia
who continue to wait. Please see the side
bar to read more about the waiting children.
Erman (picture below) and his Mom have
approval to travel to the USA from Haiti.
Now they need to get passports and
the documents completed and they will
be on their way to Ohio. If you had emailed
and offered to help- we really appreciate you!
Thanks so much. We welcome all the help
you have to offer and will be contacting
people soon in the Cleveland area for assistance.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Updates

Thank you everyone who donated money and air miles for the waiting children in Haiti. We have enough donations to cover both Erman and his Mom to travel to the USA. Yeah!! We are much closer to having all of the documents gathered that they will need for approval to travel to Cleveland for Ermans facial reconstructive surgery.

We have also had $50 in donations for travel costs that will go towards Erman and his Mom's associated travel costs. Thank you!

We are so thankful that things have come together so fast.
What a blessing for this little boy and his Mother.

In other news... the three year old who was coming to West Virginia is not going to be coming any longer. His parents decided that they don't want him to travel to the USA at this time for medical care. His health situation is not good and because there was nothing else they could do for him the clinic he was at sent him home to be with his Mom and family. Please do keep them in your prayers. It was really a devastating feeling knowing how close he was to having the medical care that he needs. Even with all the specialists and doctors over working in Haiti right now- his medical needs were rare and somethings were unknown about what was happening with his health.

We are waiting on news about a potential hospital for Varney who has been waiting for far too long with severe hydrocephalus. We have run into a great number of road blocks in finding a doctor and hospital to treat him so we are hopeful.

We have a team of volunteers solely working on three of the children in Liberia waiting for Cardiothoracic surgeons. Hopefully this leads to good news soon.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Host Family Applications

Click on this link

to download an application if you are interested in hosting a child.

You may scan and email it to smithjklc@hotmail.com. If you would like to mail it, please email Kim at the email address above to get the correct mailing address.

FAQ:
  • To apply, you do not need a homestudy or foster care license. If you have these it is nice to keep on file, but not required.
  • We will need identification and background checks on everyone over the age of 18 in the home, but not right away. Some families choses to wait to submit these until they are selected to host a child.
  • Your application is kept on file. Then when a child is coming to a specific area, we search the applications for the closest, most suitable home. If we don't have an applicant in the area, then we put the word out to generate more interest.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Wow!

We have had $25 in donations and ONE airplane ticket in just the past day. What an awesome blessing. The airplane ticket was donated by someone who is going to use her air miles to purchase the ticket for one of the children. I should have mentioned that this would be a great and welcome blessing instead of money.

I also realized that this entire blog has been asking for a lot of money and volunteers lately. I always feel badly about asking for money but I know that when there's a need its the only way that we have to go about getting donations- every single donation we accept goes 100% for the cost of airfare or other need. We have NO overhead costs at all. Since we don't have overhead costs- that means we don't advertise other than on this blog and when people link our blog to theirs. We don't have any corporate sponsors but have had donations of medical supplies from corporate sponsors in the past.

So here are some pictures of the little boy going to Ohio. Please consider helping towards the cost of his plane ticket- and we need to raise funds for one for his mother as well. Or air miles would be great! Although this little guy looks miserable we have great hope for him and we can't wait to see his "after" pictures. Thanks everyone.