Alisa will be mailing the Mother's Day cards on Monday, May 3 so that they arrive in plenty of time before Mother's Day on May 9. Each card is personalized with your Mom's name and your name - and explains that a donation was made in her honor to Kind Hearts in Ethiopia. Click over to Alisa's blog and follow the easy and secure paypal link to order a card today. You are welcome to donate any amount - $5, $10, $25, $50 or more. It's quick, easy and secure, and it's a very unique and special way to celebrate your mom!
Alisa (who is an adoptive mom and also sponsors a child at Kind Hearts) explains, "This Mother's Day, I don't want a single gift...I want nothing...other than the opportunity to be a surrogate mother of-sorts to these lonely, hurting children. And I pray that you will join me this Mother's Day! Join me, and stand in the gap for mothers who are unable to feed, clothe and educate their precious little ones!"
The funds generated from the Mother's Day Celebration Cards will be designated for the playground equipment fund at Kind Hearts. Presently, there are 68 children at Kind Hearts, who were literally starving when I visited them in December. They were weak and lethargic, and the care-point was only able to provide a meal of rice one time each week.
By the end of January, every child at Kind Hearts had been matched with a sponsor family, whose $34 monthly committment ensures that their sponsor child gets nutritious meals every day, as well as clothing, medical care, education and Christian discipleship. We have had two separate groups visit the kids at Kind Hearts since then, and these kids' lives have been transformed - and they know they have the love, prayers and concern of a family here in the U.S. that they are getting to know through letters.
But our goal for Kind Hearts is not only to provide basic needs for these kids. Instead of being a place to survive, we want the kids at Kind Hearts to thrive!! With that in mind, we are focusing on several capital projects to develop Kind Hearts so that the care-point becomes more self-sufficient and can serve even more children and add more grade levels.
A fresh-water well is one of the first necessities - which will allow us to then develop a chicken farm on the property (for fresh eggs and meat - protein for the kids' meals and funds from egg sales) as well as bathrooms, showers and a kitchen. The fresh-water well will cost abut $15,000 and St. Joseph Christian school has raised $12,000 so far!
Another one of our capital projects is playground equipment for the kids. A beat-up teeter-totter and a rickety swing-set (pictured below) are the only "toys" the Kind Hearts kids have - and they are shared between all 68 kids. Playground equpiment provides a much-needed place for a kid to just be a kid!
A good set of playground equipment will cost $2850. We will announce our progress on this blog and we will feature pictures of the new equipment when we are able to purchase it (hopefully shortly after Mother's Day!!).