March Madness Month Update:
Our target to complete the construction of Arohanui House was $18,000, and we are excited to report that as at today’s date $20,934 has been raised. That result is phenomenal and we are extremely grateful to all who donated, or raised funds through events, ‘crazy’ sponsorships etc. Thanks also goes to the wider audience who supported those events or those raising funds.
We could not have gotten this far so quickly without your March Madness support. That said we remember at this time, and are very thankful for, all who supported this project long before March Madness Month. It has been a huge project but with equally huge support – thank you FOP NZ supporters. God bless you!
Not only can the construction be completed but the additional funds raised, added to what had already been donated towards the furnishing for the home, means that very soon eight toddlers and their new mum will move into their fully furnished, forever home.
NB: Any additional pledges as part of March Madness Month will go towards the care of the residents in Arohanui House for food, hygiene supplies, medical care etc. as well as for the educational needs of those children.
Today is WORLD WATER DAY and we recognise the need for clean water for our FOP children as well as for those in the wider village community.
Aside from an underground water storage tank presently under construction for our Babies Home (see photo) our next travelling team to Uganda will be involved in making much needed repairs to a spring well. This well, for many in the community, is their only source of water and presently the conditions around it are certainly not conducive to good health; our aim is to change that.
‘For many of us, clean water is so plentiful and readily available that we rarely, if ever, pause to consider what life would be like without it’ – Marcus Samuelsson
On Sunday (24th February) a New Zealand church, the Invercargill Christian Centre, put out a challenge for 36 people to each donate or raise $500 over the month of March to enable us to complete the construction of our second Kiwi funded family home in Uganda – Arohanui House.
We are extending their challenge … if you, your business, church or club would like to take part and be one of the 36 we would love to have you sign up.
We have already heard of some crazy fundraising ideas and we will update you on some of these as the month of March progresses.
NB: Any funds raised over and above the amount required to complete the construction of Arohanui House will go towards furnishing it, or towards the care of the eight little toddlers and their new mum who will call this place home.
We started the year with the excitement of three new precious babies rescued into our care; all from tragic backgrounds but all now with a hope and a future. It is by purpose, in our written material, that we do not mention the actual tragedy that brought children into our care, nor do we link the child’s name to their photo. It is our desire to provide them with dignity and affirmation. I (Jane Laurie – FOP NZ Executive Director) personally try to imagine how the child would feel, when much older, if they saw their photo on our Facebook page, web site or even our newsletter along with all the tragic details that brought them to us. Of course, they will learn their own story when they are old enough to understand and then it will be their full story to tell. We only rescue the most vulnerable orphaned or abandoned little ones who are referred to us by police, hospital or probation, so to be one of the most vulnerable is in itself a tragedy.
Introducing the latest additions … they bring us to a total of 49 little ones in our FOP family. All of whom are precious gifts from God, entrusted into our care to be loved (they definitely are) and who will be encouraged to take hold of all the positive possibilities in their future.
Maybe one of these little ones will be the future PM of Uganda!
This home has a name – Arohanui House.
For our overseas readers Arohanui is from the Maori language (Maori being the indigenous people of New Zealand) and has the following meaning:-
Aroha = love, deep affection
Nui = big
We believe this will be a home of much aroha / much love for the eight little ones who will move in with their new mother.
Whilst extremely grateful to all who have supported this building project we do acknowledge that we require further support to enable it to be completed.
- NZ$18,860 to complete the construction
- NZ$7,500 to furnish the home
Any dollar you could spare for this life changing / life giving project would be so welcomed and appreciated. Thank you.