November 14, 2012
Operation Help Now is a small organization, but it is changing the lives of the children involved, and giving hope and a chance to break out of the cycle of poverty to the communities involved. Rather than taking children out of their communities, the Second Chance of Life Homes are at the heart of the community, and really are its future. The orphans are not the only ones who benefit- the people are the market who sell the food to the cook, the people who will someday sell goods to, or be employed by successful adults who received their education (and guidance, and compassion) through the scholarship program, all benefit financially, and the hope that a generation of educated and compassionate youth instils in a community is a powerful force for positive change. The people in the community who attend the big meals and soccer games organized by OHN members when they visit on biannual (or annual) service trips benefit too. They are given shoes and clothing donated in the US which are shipped over (I have helped with this packing) but not distributed until the service group gets there- this makes sure that everything goes directly to people who need it. OHN also spreads awareness of diseases and healthcare tips to prevent them, info on clean water and nutrition to help parents who want the best for their kids. This is a great way to help people directly. They are extremely transparent about where the money goes (always directly to the people being helped). For example, money send to sponsor a childs welfare is sent by money order to the caretakers in charge of the Home you are sponsoring, and they spend this on food and a stipend for the cook. The lease for the buildings are paid ahead of time, but sponsors are encouraged to contribute. Money sent for the scholarship program goes to the child's tuition and school uniform. OHN leaders are extremely ambitious about continuing to expand, and they encourage donors and volunteers to travel to these communities, participate in the service trips, and get involved as positive role models for these children. I know that by sponsoring the welfare and education of a child I am ensuring that these communities (and the global community) have a brighter future.
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