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The Special Door

June 30, 2020 — Leave a comment

If you recall, in a previous blog I sang the praises of the orphanage Global Partners in Life has started supporting in Lima, Peru, called New Life Children’s Home.  I was extremely impressed with the facility’s cleanliness, the adult to children ratio, the staff, the number of children being adopted, and the leadership of the children’s home.  There is one more thing that truly sets this children’s home above others; would you like to know what it is?

In the building where the offices and maintenance area are, this door is very impressive to me.  Not the physical door itself, but what happens behind the door.  You see, behind this door is an office where the counselors, psychologists, and government officials that care for the orphans spend time with the children.  I think it is fantastic that there are so many different levels of care given to the children at New Life Children’s Home!  Some of these children may have been sold to work for others at a very young age, some come from families where drugs and alcohol were problematic, and some come from abusive situations, so you can see why the counseling is so important.  Honestly, I wish there were more of these types of services available for orphans globally. 

If I understand the process for adoption correctly, if the government case workers don’t feel a child is emotionally ready to be adopted and moved into a new environment, they can place the adoption on hold until there is a better chance for the child’s transition to be a great one for them.  I applaud this effort of the Peruvian government! 

I am very thankful for the people that invest in Global Partners in Life. Their generosity enables us to provide for the children that need more time behind the special door!

As you know Global Partners in Life is assisting widows in a rural area of India called Gumma. In fact, the first building we have provided is being built to house 20 elderly widows with health problems. Obviously, these ladies can’t provide for themselves, so the Coronavirus was especially cruel to them.

Another Negative Impact of the Coronavirus

With no resources for food, shelter, or medical attention, some of the ladies we are assisting live in and around buildings like the one in the photo above, which was severely damaged by a cyclone and abandoned. With these widows’ poor health, age, and living in an area where there aren’t many jobs, they can’t provide for themselves so they may beg or depend on food given to them by someone passing by.

During the Coronavirus, I was contacted by our partner in India, Biswajit Pani. Biswajit told me India was going through a mandatory 3 week stay at home order, so there is nobody passing by on the streets, and the ladies have nobody to beg a few small coins from or receive food. Biswajit asked if Global Partners in Life could please send money to provide food for the widows during this desperate time. I am very thankful to report that through the generous contributions of Global Partners in Life’s donors, we were able to send funds for food to assist these widows.

I will never be able to thank those that provide gifts for Global Partners in Life enough for enabling us to have a positive impact globally!

Sweet 16!

April 30, 2020 — Leave a comment

Recently we have been hearing a tremendous amount of unpleasant stories on the news, but now we have something to celebrate with you. Global Partners in Life turned 16 years old today! Please check out some of our amazing growth and impact, thanks to your contributions!

It has been both an honor and a blessing to be on this journey with you! I am extremely thankful for the people we have been led to that are providing an amazing service for people that can’t help themselves or provide for themselves. Obviously, I am thankful for the recipients of this service, like the orphans and widows, and grateful for how our donors continue to meet their needs. Additionally, I am inspired by the people we support who face physical and emotional challenges of a magnitude most of us can’t imagine!

If you look at the graphic above, you will see the ever-increasing impact you are having through your gifts to Global Partners in Life! To say I am thrilled by our growth would be a huge understatement! To say I am extremely excited about our future would be yet another understatement! 

Yes, I love helping people living in deplorable conditions and situations, providing medical attention for orphans and widows, and supporting people that are serving others at a very high level of care! 

Without our donors, our ongoing support of orphans and widows would simply not happen. In fact, without them, Global Partners in Life would not have seen our 16th birthday, so thanks again to our donors. I appreciate your generous hearts more than I can say, and our success is directly based on your support!

I look forward to our future of impacting the globe by meeting the needs of orphans and widows! Also, I am excited about continuing our relationships both foreign and domestic!

Can you imagine how tired someone with over 60 years of age would be, after 24 years of providing care for as many as 33 special needs orphans in her 3-bedroom apartment? Wow, I know that is a lot to take in, but that is the case for our friend who leads the special needs orphanage in China supported by Global Partners in Life.  Would you like to meet her?

Care Provider at Chinese Orphanage

The photograph above shows one of the few times I have seen the director of the special needs orphanage sitting down. As you can see, bunk beds are a big help to her and the children, because they can hold many children and they save space. These bunk beds were actually donated to the orphanage after the leader played a huge role in a successful Special Needs Olympic event held in the city. The event grows annually as more and more people volunteer and participate! I am very thankful for all of the assistance she can receive! 

If my words about her being over 60 years old made you think she had some limitations on her due to her age, nothing could be farther from the truth. This photo was taken during my last trip to China in the first week of December — but during several of my warm weather trips, I have seen her jumping rope with the best of the rope-jumping children! Also, I have to give her credit for keeping her energy level up with not much sleep. She gets up several times during the night to check on the children.

To me, it is an honor to be affiliated with this loving special needs orphanage, and I am extremely thankful for everyone that contributes to Global Partners in Life, so we can meet the needs of these children that can’t provide for themselves! 

During my recent trip to India, I visited the Baby Adoption Center, which is an orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life.  As always, the orphanage that specializes in getting infants adopted was amazingly clean and orderly. 

One of the ways success is measured for them is by working through the proper agencies and finding adoptive families for the babies.  Would you like to hear some of their unique stories?

Baby Adoption Center in India

The little girl in this photo is one of the children that has been adopted by a family from another country.  Her new forever home is in Italy!

Baby Adoption Center in India

The little girl in the photo above loves to be put in the cradle that swings.  From what I am told, she will go to sleep in about 2 minutes if she isn’t hungry!  She was found abandoned on the side of a road.  There were ants biting her on her cheek and one ear.  Thankfully, all of those marks have gone away!

Baby Adoption Center in India

This baby was abandoned, and she may have had a premature birth.  If I remember correctly, she only weighed about 3 pounds when she was discovered.  Now she is healthy and looking for a forever home!

There was one special needs baby at the orphanage during this visit, and to my knowledge, this is the first special needs baby they have had.  She has partial development of one hand and one arm, and one of her ears seems to lay flat against her head, but other than that, she appears to be healthy.

Thanks so much to the people supporting Global Partners in Life!  As you can see, our donors are having life changing impact on the lives of orphans around the world!

If you read my last blog, you would have seen that Global Partners in Life is now serving in Peru. I have found an organization that not only helps orphans, but helps widows as well. The orphanage is called New Life Children’s Home and it is located east of Lima, Peru, in an area called Cieneguilla, Peru. After my first visit, I must tell you I was very impressed… would you like to see why?

New Life Children’s Home

One of the first things I noticed was the large and very clean dining room and kitchen. The staff at New Life Children’s Home are very capable of providing nutritious meals, and yes, even birthday cakes in their industrial sized kitchen. The food I had there was absolutely delicious!

New Life Children’s Home

Probably the first thing I noticed about this children’s home was the wall surrounding the facility. Not only does this keep the children safe, but it had a colorful paint job as well. The children had lots of open space for playing and many different activities available for them. In the photo above, you can see the trampoline, swing set, rock climbing wall, and a structure like Noah’s Ark. In the photo below, you can see the basketball court that also is a soccer (excuse me, but it is called football in Peru) field! 

New Life Children’s Home

The facility was amazingly clean! For the most part, the children live in barracks based on their gender and age. One of the most amazing facts about the New Life Children’s Home is they try to maintain one nanny for every 4 children, and the nannies actually live in the barracks with the children for whom they provide care. To my knowledge, there is only one child there with a special needs, which is different from the main orphanage we provide for in China. Check out how clean and organized the barracks are in the photographs below!

New Life Children’s Home
New Life Children’s Home

I am very happy to be able to give support to the New Life Children’s Home! The leader of the facility works very closely with the government trying to meet the needs of the children and help find adoptive families for the children. In fact, while I was there, a brother and sister were told they were going to be adopted by a family in the States! 

For those of you that support Global Partners in Life financially, thanks so much! Because of you, the children in Peru are being cared for at a high level while waiting to be adopted! For that, I will never be able to say thank you enough!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

South of the Border

December 13, 2019 — Leave a comment

As I try to increase the size of the impact of Global Partners in Life, I look for reputable people that are serving orphans and widows. I just found a potential partner in Peru. Obviously, I wanted to check them out, so I just had my first trip to Lima. Would you like to see some of the sights?

All of the photos I will show you today are from an area near the airport in Lima. I am not sure what this building is, but I do know I saw several government buildings, historical buildings, and some museums. 

As you can see from the photograph above, some of the buildings truly had some unique characteristics.  This particular building was on one of the main streets going through Lima.

In the photo above you will find another beautiful building. The airport is near the coast, and for some reason, the coast is much colder than just 12 miles to the east. My apologies for the glare on this picture!

The last two photos are of some of the larger buildings I saw. The Peruvian people are very proud of their culture, heritage, and independence they won from Spain. They have many plazas and parks, which many people enjoy. The parks are nestled in between the buildings and traffic. It was interesting to see how just a small space would be used for a park, and many people would enjoy it, and you can see in the photos below. By the way, the next two photographs are not as close to the airport as the buildings.

If you have ready many of my blogs, you know I enjoy traveling. I can tell you my trip to Peru went well, and I look forward to sharing more with you about the trip. Hopefully you can enjoy some trips soon as well!

At the special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life, there was a girl that had a huge smile that would make anyone who saw it happy.  Unfortunately, she is no longer there — she was one of the many children removed from the orphanage by the government, because she didn’t have any official registration and she had never been adopted. Would you like to meet her?

Another unfortunate thing about this little girl named Qi Qi is that she had spina bifida with the tethered spine syndrome. What all that meant was that she had a hole in her spine at birth, but it was surgically closed. Also, she had no feeling from her waist down, and she couldn’t walk well at all, and she had to wear a diaper, so she couldn’t attend school. Additionally, she would get sores on her lower body, like her foot that would never completely heal.

Many different medicines were tried to help her with this wound.  Both Eastern and Western medical approaches were tried, and sometimes the wound would almost heal, but then it would open again. Through all of the daily treatments and medicines, she never seemed to let this health issue get her down.

What is troubling to me is that now she has been removed from the special needs orphanage and I can’t learn how she is doing. I truly care for Qi Qi, but now that she is in the government’s care, I doubt I will ever see her again.

There is a new government program in China which guarantees orphans an education and medical treatments, and I have been told by an American doctor this program has been good so far. I do take comfort in that, but I would still love to see her smile again and know how she is doing. Watching her grow up and then suddenly she is gone has been difficult for Qi Qi, the lady that leads the special needs orphanage, and me! 

I am very thankful for the supporters of Global Partners in Life, who enabled us to provide for Qi Qi and meet her needs while she was at the special needs orphanage.     

Recently I reviewed photos from a trip to China in 2014, and I realized the impact the donors of Global Partners in Life were having should be shared.  In a very short series of photos, I obtained some amazing young people struggling to have a healthier life.  Would you like to see them?

This little friend of mine just had the second of 3 surgeries for a cleft palate. He already had the surgery to close his lip, and this surgery closed the gap in his gums. The third surgery is to close the gap in the roof of the mouth, but it must be performed when the child is considerably older. He must have had lots of swelling, because I have never seen the breathing device inserted in the nose like that. Oh, and his cheeks are pretty plump also! This little guy has an incredible amount of energy, so it is unusual to catch him sleeping!

As you can see in the photograph above, this little boy is getting individualized care. Through the donations to Global Partners in Life, we were able to pay for a medical procedure which implanted a stint to allow drainage for this young boy with hydrocephalus. Again, through the generous gifts to Global Partners in Life, we are able to pay the salary for the lady providing care for the boy. Her name is Loa, and she is over 70 years old and she has a bad back. Her husband wants her to retire, but she says she loves the children too much to stay away from them. Loa and her husband have reached a compromise, and she has reduced the number of hours she works each week.

On behalf of the people in need, Global Partners in Life, and myself, I want to thank everyone that gives their time, talents, and funds to help others who can’t provide for themselves. Who knows, it could be you in need one day!    

If you have read many of my blogs over the last few months, you may have noticed many of them were about a group of rural elderly widows near Gumma, India. These ladies have varying degrees of health challenges, but they all have one thing in common; unfortunately, that commonality is a sense of hopelessness. 

Today I wanted to share the story of another new friend I met earlier this year during a trip to India.  Would you like to meet her?

The lady in the photograph above is Marthama Pani. We know she is over 65 years old, but we are not exactly sure of her age. Her story is a sad one for us to hear, but it must be a heart crushing one to live through.

In the local culture, the oldest son should take of his widowed mother. Unfortunately, there are not many consistent employment opportunities in the area, so many guys are day laborers. The expense of having his mother in his home was more than the son could afford; so when he kicked his mother out of his house, he gave her a bowl and said, “here is a bowl, now go and beg the rest of your life!”

Global Partners in Life is in the process of building a facility in Gumma, India to provide housing for 20 elderly widows! We have actually broken ground in July, and the progress is continuing. This facility will have an industrial kitchen, which will provide three meals a day for the ladies, and it will have clean running water and restrooms for them. Additionally, the facility will have a dining hall, sick room, bedrooms, and a conference room for meetings and counseling. 

If you would like to help us complete the facility, please visit our website at https://globalpartnersinlife.org/ and make a much needed donation. I would be extremely grateful for any support you could give for this worthy project for these truly needy elderly widows!