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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Emergency Assistance, Human Services, Religion

Mission: The Mission of Nazareth House Apostolate is ongoing prayer. Living the life of prayer in community at St. Simeon Skete. We believe that this benefits the world and brings peace at levels that round tables and politics cannot reach. Blossoming from this prayer is the physical work of Nazareth House in which we save lives and provide for the poor, regardless of religion, race, ethnic background, etc. in areas of the world that are in turmoil from war or acts of nature.

Results: Education for upwards of 300 students in our NHA School in Kabala, Thousands of people fed, medical assistance to those who otherwise would have to do without, companionship - a family atmosphere - we don't dump off humanitarian aid and leave - we become family - growing, learning, loving as years pass by.

Target demographics: villagers, especially children

Geographic areas served: Sierra Leone: Kabala and area villages

Programs: education - we run a school serving 300 students; healthcare. We provide medical clinics and individuals with the tools they need to survive; using local workers to stimulate the economy - i.e. local seamstresses to make our school uniforms, we buy from local sources whenever possible, Our Sustenance Program provides food, rice & supplies to the families in upcountry villages, whatever the need - we are small but we do our best to be there with a helping hand.

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Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nazareth House Apostolate is the greatest non profit organization I know of. Fr. Seraphim and Vicki are truly inspirational to everyone who knows them because of the devotion they have to this cause, their love for The Lord, and their love for the people they serve. They are 100% dedicated to serving and they do everything with sincerity, integrity, and love. I would highly recommend donating to this organization as you can be sure the money will go directly towards the work that needs to be done. When so many organizations today are not deserving of trust, Nazareth House Apostolate is a breath of fresh air and truly " the real deal".

2 Tina88

Donor

Rating: 5

Much husband and I were introduced to the work of Nazareth House Apostslate in 2005. Their work in Sierra Leone is nothing short of miraculous. Educating the people of the villages there, providing a school for 300 children, nurturing the faithful in their spiritual growth is a huge endeavor and continues to thrive. The Board of Directors guides this organization with integrity and transparency. In addition, the oversight of its parent site in Taylorsville, Kentucky provides support through medical and educational supplies, clothing in the form of school uniforms for every student, communication to local officials for the safety of its people. At St Simeon Skete in Taylorsville, pilgrims refresh their souls in prayer in an atmosphere away from the tumult of the world. The organization and leadership of this charity is above reproach. We are privileged to endorse Nazareth House Apostalate both prayerfully and financially.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are so proud to support the efforts of NHA both domestically and abroad. Fr Seraphim and Vicki could not be more genuine and persistent in their efforts to spread love and support to those in need. We are so glad to have NHA in our lives and proudly consider them to be a wonderful member of our family. Thank You NHA!!!

- The Fields Family

2 Melody8

Donor

Rating: 5

The most selfless non profit organization I've ever come across. These people genuinely care and do everything in their means to help those in Sierra Leone, while making every dollar donated go a long way. If you are thinking about feeling good about yourself by giving back, this is the place you should give to knowing all of it goes straight to saving lives.

2 Sarah251

Donor

Rating: 5

Last summer I met James Mansaray and his daughter Lucy, both from Nazareth House in Sierra Leone. Both are so impressive and Lucy is truly inspiring. She so desperately wants to become a doctor so she can help her countrymen and she exudes her love for Jesus. I had been giving to NHA, but meeting them has inspired me to do more, give more. Both of them, plus many others, sacrifice so much to help those in need in Kabala, Sierra Leone, and the surrounding area.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I will be honest - I had never heard about Nazareth House until my mother moved to Kentucky. While there she became very involved with NHA and her enthusiasm is contagious. I think they do more for the people they are trying to help than other larger organizations because their overhead is so low with most of the administrative work being done by unpaid volunteers. Their outreach in Sierra Leone is unparalleled and I have now made them a priority in my charitable giving.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Father Tom and Vicki do such a phenomenal job at Nazareth House Apostolate. The thing that I love about these two is that you don't have to be around them long to see how passionate and caring they are to everyone they come in contact with. You also see how eager and excited they are to share their work at NHA with any and everyone. I love receiving news hearing what they are working on and how NHA is making a difference. There are very few people that I interact with and say, "those people are changing the world," and they are definitely in that statement. Thank you guys for all the hard work!

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1 Bob_64

Donor

Rating: 5

Definitely one of the very best nonprofits around. While many worldwide are worthy, the Nazareth House truly walks and talks the real deal.

3 Peter47

Donor

Rating: 5

Nothing in the world is equal to Nazareth House Apostolate. There are many great charities, and service done by others is vital where they apply their heartsong for those in many kinds of need.
But Nazareth House is the God-Heart child of a man on a mission, with a life-path so unique, especially among Americans, as to defy description. Father Seraphim, aptly named, has served in Christian ministries of every kind, followed ancient roads to spirituality, and shed any Western-driven norms while staying completely in concert with Jesus Christ, that the outgrowth of this ministry runs pure and clear as a high mountain stream.
The NHA work in Sierra Leone, borne out of deep suffering and prayer over a war-torn nation, give life to hundreds of children who live, learn, and survive the world's highest infant and young-child mortality environment, with stories I am not fit to tell. These little ones will change the country, and thus the world.
From those distant shores to the St. Simeon's Skete in the rolling Kentucky countryside, an air of deep devotion, steady visions shared without cost, and the chance to walk the spiritual trail with Fr. Seraphim and his wife, Vicki. The experience has changed the many who have stayed there. It's an Anglican-Orthodox-Catholic-Evangelical Christian diving board into the pool of Jesus Himself.
Father often says, almost with surprise, "I don't just love God, I like Him!" Would we all could say that with such delight every day.
This ministry keeps kids alive, and we who don't struggle with that, may find there the way to keep our souls alive in these days of discouragement.

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1 Jeff75

Donor

Rating: 5

St. Simeon Skete/Nazareth House Apostolate is a wonderful charity. They take a hands on approach
and really care about the people, kids and school they founded in Sierra Leone, West Africa. The administrator does all in her power so donations are used wisely. Most of her energy is spent to
see that the school, kids and people they help have everything that is needed. That is important.
The Board of Directors totally believes in their mission and are very conscientious of any and all
efforts they make. In my past, I helped to incorporate and administer another non-profit for eight
years.

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Geordan G.

Donor

Rating: 5

Meeting the founders of NHA was a life changing experience. I can honestly say that my life, and my spiritual life has truly been enriched by the ministry of NHA. They are a wonderful Religious and humanitarian organization. I have not been able to give as much as I would like to give to them, but what I have given I know has gone to a wonderful cause, helping children in Sierra Leon. I try to donate as much as I can to this organization, be it money or prayers. I am so very thankful of NHA and for their guidance in my life. I have become a better person through their ministry.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Nazareth House Apostolate is a Christ centered organization that truly carries out the exhortation of St. James to “Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only…”. Their work in Sierra Leone is up close and personal with the full expression of our Lords Gospel…the Word is spread and backed up with food, clothing, and education to the needy. Their work should be an example to all who call themselves a “Follower of Christ”. NHA has our support, and will continue to have that support in both our prayers and financial offerings.

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1 Christina71

Donor

Rating: 5

Nazareth House Apostolate is an exemplary nonprofit! They don't waste a penny gifted to them, but put all monies and goods donated to immediate use for the good of those they serve. We appreciate seeing pictures of the goods arriving in Sierra Leone; we KNOW those who are in need are the ones receiving what is given. Having met Father Seraphim and Vicki and James, we can vouch for their integrity and their love. We feel blessed to support their ministry!

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1 Cassandra8

Donor

Rating: 5

So grateful for the work that NHA does. And the communication that comes from Sierra Leone after a donation means the world! It is personal and clearly appreciative. I also respect the way the organization is run and the desire to make the current project sustainable by the locals so that efforts can be expanded elsewhere. To know that my money is helping to heal an entire country from the devastation of war, one village at a time, is a source of joy and satisfaction. And to know I can trust this organization to distribute 100% of the money I give, directly to people I see in the pictures of appreciation brings peace of mind.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This small charity must surely do more for it's recipients than most, regardless of their size--and Vicki is the power behind it, and at NO PAY! She and her husband, Fr. Seraphim, take care of hundreds of poor people of all ages in Sierra Leone, regardless of religion (or lack thereof). They fly over there bringing suitcases filled with much needed medical and non-medical supplies, use a rental car, and, with the aid of helpers there, travel miles over substandard and dangerous roads; and on most trips, they walk many more when the roads give out--still hauling food and other goods. They are among the most loving, caring, and dedicated people I know of, and I wish that I could do more.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Long before Vicki and her Sierra Leone family arrive, the roads and footpaths out of Freetown are lined with thankful, eager villagers awaiting them. They travel by rented car, and walk miles off the more passable roads to reach groups of sometimes only two or three families, bringing food, medicine, hope, and love. The school is thriving, the children dressed in uniforms that Vicki and many volunteers make. NHA likely does more for more people than any other charity of its size--and with far less. I have been a 'helper' for a number of years now, and wish that I had a fortune to give.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have known Vicki and Father Seraphim Hicks since 2005 when we moved to Louisville, KY. Father Seraphim’s uncompromising spirituality drew us to his church, where we learned more about the mission of Nazareth House in Sierra Leone. Vicki is the administrator of Nazareth House, as well as the treasurer, public relations liason and mail boy. She does it all with the oversight of a dedicated board of five others, none of whom receives, to our knowledge, compensation as a member. (The three “civilian” board members are in fact reliable contributors to Nazareth House.) We can attest to the modest lifestyle of Father and Vicki, so that if she is paid from donated funds over and above her expenses, it is not very much. The Hicks do not vacation or buy new clothes and furniture. Seraphim takes no salary at all.
One expense of running Nazareth House is airfare for rare trips to Sierra Leone. But once there, Vicki attends to villagers’ illnesses and Father travels on foot to villages with his prayer beads (not to convert anyone, just to pray). They reside on site with James, NHA’s Sierra Leone representative, and his family and do not seek out a comfortable hotel room.
Father and Vicki have witnessed abhorrent things done to the people of Sierra Leone. The Hicks’ goal in all this is to keep more Sierra Leoneans alive and whole and give them hope of a future.

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2 Kathy100

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of visiting their base of operations in Taylorsville, KY and witnessed the hard work and dedication of this small group of people. I have helped Vicki, Mama Vicki, package up boxes for shipment to Sierra Leone; it is amazing the amount of stuff this woman can fit in to a USPS fixed postage box at $60 a box she needs to get as much as possible in each one. Now there is a weight limit she must contend with but she thinks of everything, "I use tuna packets to fill empty spots. They need protein." Truly no organization has done so much with so little. The supplies are walked into the remote villages where others will not go. It is dangerous and hard. Children are dying of worms, intestinal parasites! they would not die if they could get enough medicine. They built a compound in the safer town of Kabala employing local builders. "It is important that we buy what we need and employ who we need there to boost the economy." Vicki's makes one dollar work like two. She and her husband have given all to help these people, to love these people. They have cried and laughed with them, they have celebrated life and mourned death with them; they are family, we are family. Your donation will not only support what they already do: support a school for 300 students, support five villages, supply a medical clinic and employ a nurse, provide clean water (They hired native men who hand dug the well), etc. The long term goal is to provide the means by which these people will no longer need Nazareth House Apostolate. "Then", says Mama Vicki, "we will move on to another area in need."

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4 Deedee M.

Donor

Rating: 5

They help Saloneans in need, plain and simple.

Nazareth House Apostolate receive over 85% of our charitable giving, chiefly, because it is a small organization with over 90% (think it was 96-7%?) of their donations going towards humanitarian aid and *not* frivolitiies.

Four years ago, we learned about NHA via a prayer workshop highlighting their work in the mission field of Sierra Leone. Many Saloneans (Sierra Leone citizens) do not have their basic needs of food, water, shelter and safety met. NHA distributes rice, but, often, are only able to distribute small quantities due to lack of funds and the greatness of the need over there.

Medication is distributed, but in regular doses via the operations manager, James. This prevents poverty convincing the aid recipient that it would be better to sell the medication rather than take it and care for themselves. Anti-worm medication is often distributed because clean water isn't regularly available and parasitic infestation occurs easily in such an environment.

I'm able to relate all of these details to you, because NHA is forthcoming with their missionwork. They are more than happy to show pictures of how your donations are being used.

The staff are very accessible for communication, via phone, email, their website, and Facebook.

Because their focus is on food, medicine, safe housing, and education, many of our secular friends have been comfortable donating to NHA. It is true that it is mission work of a monastery and church in Kentucky, but they distribute aid according to need. They help Saloneans regardless of Muslim or Christian.

Like I previously wrote: They help Saloneans in need, plain and simple.

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