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SOUTH AMERICA


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Happy Orphans At Sunrise Of Argentina


 

Carlos Naranjo, or Papa Carlos as the children fondly called him, lived and worked in San Nicolas Argentina with his wife, Rosalia. In 1959, one of their children died in a tragic accident. A year later Rosalia died. Papa Carlos thought that everything was finished. He wanted to die...but a voice was telling him to have faith.

In 1964, three little siblings abandoned by their mother were brought to Papa Carlos's and his new wife's house badly in need of food and shelter. They weren't prepared for this but they accepted the children. The satisfaction of extending this kindness instilled an immense desire in the Naranjo's to dedicate their lives to helping the needy children of Argentina.

Their home was soon too small to hold all the children and they moved to a larger but old building at Las Heras 138 and Balcarce 128 in San Nicolas. At times, they had as many as 115 children were placed in the home, brought there by the Judiciary Department of San Nicolas and different courts of the Province of Buenos Aires.

Papa Carlos died in 1993 but his vision lives on. Sunrise is not home to about 70 children. In March 2000, another home was added just for babies and toddlers.

In 1983, construction began on a new building on land donated by the City Government. The advancement of this project depended totally on donations. Until 1987, local businesses and people donated most of the materials and labor. In October 1987 a group of men and women from the United States visited Sunrise and promised to return. On November 2, 1989, 20 of them returned. They finished the first phase of the project and equipped the Home with bunk beds, mattresses, sheets and pillows…all new. The girls moved in first followed in November by the boys. This is the current home.

Since 1983, help has come again and again from supporters in the United States and other countries. At various times, interns from other countries stay at the home or in town and volunteer their time. Teams help construct and maintain the buildings. Families and individuals volunteer their time as chaperones at the summer retreats.

Sunrise accepts children that have suffered from abandonment, child abuse, family violence, divorce, poverty, and negligence and is unique in that it takes in siblings so they can remain together as a family. Many of the children have been rescued from the streets and from the prostitution trade.

The children attend kindergarten, primary school and high school. They participate in activities that promote their general welfare such as sports, music, drawing, and computers. Many of them study English in different private and public schools in the city.

The staff consists of a director, secretary, bookkeeper, administrative accountant, two psychologists, a social worker, a speech therapist, and a support teacher. Several ladies take care of the children by cleaning and making sure they do their chores. There is also a nurse, a cook, a laundress, a maintenance person, a physical education teacher sent by the city government, and a volunteer English teacher. Volunteers help with the daily routine, tutor the children and serve as substitute parents.

Every effort is made to return the children to their own family or a substitute family as soon as conditions are right. One of the Home's main responsibilities is to prepare the children physically, spiritually, and mentally for the time when they will leave the Home. Many children live at the home until they are adults. The children are cared for and counseled according to Christian principles. The staff tries hard to be a good example and loving substitute parents.

Each summer, many of the children attend a retreat on the beach at La Lucila del Mar and Chapadmalal. There is also a local swimming club where the children spend some of their time. The time away from the Home is a good break for the children and a reward for good behavior and school performance.

Since 1997, Sunrise, along with the whole country, has celebrated the Day of the Child (Dia del Nino). This helps integrate the children into the society where they will live when they leave the Home. It also allows the children to use their talents to give a little something back their community.

Sunrise goes far beyond what the government requires. The staff and administration believe in the restoration and full development of each child and in the individuality of each child. The children need more than food, clothing, shelter, health care, and education. They need a full taste of love, grace and mercy. Every child is important.

Sunrise Children's Home International is a tax-exempt non-profit United States organization that operates a sponsorship and fund raising program on behalf of the home. Over 95% of sponsorship and other funds received are used for their designated purposes.

Sunrise Children's Home International, Inc. is an Oregon non-profit corporation located in Redmond, Oregon. Currently, our major project is Sunrise Children's Home of Argentina.

Our mission is to help poor, abused and disadvantaged children at the home in San Nicolas, Argentina achieve their full potential by ensuring that their spiritual, physical and mental needs are met. We accomplish this mission by raising funds through sponsorships and special donations and by organizing and leading teams to work on projects at the Home. We also provide scholarships and travel awards to the children who behave well and get good grades at school.

Unlike most non-profit organizations, no one in our organization receives a salary from funds donated for the benefit of the children. Funds for travel and expenses are raised separately. All the donations received for a designated purpose are used for that purpose.

For further information or to assist in our work, visit our website:

SUNRISE OF ARGENTINA


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"CHILD OF JESUS" HELPS POOR CHILDREN IN BOLIVIA

 

HISTORY

The Idente Missionaries of Christ the Redeemer* established the first City of the Child Jesus (CCJ) in 1991 to meet the needs of under privileged children of La Paz, Bolivia. Bolivia is a country which is rich in resources and culture and has great potential but also has great need. It is essentially a Christian country. The mission has since established other CCJs in Bolivia in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, the village San Ignacio de Velasco, the farm at San Miguelito, and in Peru, the city of Abancay. We currently are offering daily aid and support to thousands of children in one of the poorest regions of the world. Our aim is to meet the youngsters' needs for: housing, medical care, nutritional assistance, schooling, and spiritual guidance. Most of our programs are oversubscribed due to the favorable results our children have acquired - as well as the great number of children at-risk in these impoverished lands.

*Fernando Rielo, Poet and Philosopher, founded the Idente Missionaries of Christ the Redeemer in 1959 in Spain. We are men and women serving in 5 continents around the globe. We aspire to realize in common the fullness of our divine filiation in sanctity. We work primarily with young people in parishes, schools and universities.

MISSION STATEMENT

CCJ's mission is to provide enduring aid to some of the poorest children in our world to enable them to live healthy, holy, and fulfilling lives. We hold development of the children's humanitarian and spiritual selves, as well as nurturing their intellectual, social, physical, and occupational skills, of primary importance to the children's maturation. Our goals, through example and care for the children, are to demonstrate God's love for them and foster His love in them.

FACILITIES

Currently, the community of Idente Missionaries occupies three different areas in Bolivia; Santa Cruz the country's second largest city; and San Miguelito and San Ignacio del Velasco remote towns near the border of Brasil; and La Paz, the capital.

SANTA CRUZ

Missionaries administrate two different day schools and one night school on one campus. Each school serves a different group of students and is also formed by a different principal and faculty. The total number of students served is 2000. The elementary school operates from 8 am to 12:30 pm; then the high school operates from 2 to 6:30 pm and then again from 7 to10 pm in the evening at which time a vocational component is added. The children are well behaved and are interested in learning and the tender atmosphere shared by the administration and faculty enhances this.

The school is part of the parish of St. Peter and St. Paul in the Guracal area of Santa Cruz. The Parish was constructed by the missionaries and local city dwellers in the late 1980's shortly after the adjacent school that was built in the mid 1980s, when the missionaries had first arrived. In addition to this Main Parish the missionaries also serve at five other out post churches, or chapels as they are called, that are also apart of this Parish.

The missionaries also built the kindergarten and first grade and the area provides ample space for needed expansion. Adjacent and apart of the Parish and school is also a medical facility including three examination rooms and a dentist operating room. They also constructed a recreational square that provides a place for the children to exercise in inclement weather, but only two sides of the structure have walls. It also functions as an auditorium, having a small stage for school productions and graduations.

After the missionaries constructed the parish school and medical facility next to it, the municipality constructed a town square.

SAN MIGUELITO

San Miguelito is a boarding school and farm administrated by the missionaries in a remote part of Bolivia, near the border of Brasil. The children who attend this boarding school are some of the more fortunate, as there is no tuition. The missionaries are able to provide a complete academic and agricultural education for these boys as well as room and board, all financed from the raising and sale of cattle. The farm is approximately four square miles and is the home of a herd approximately 1,000 cattle.

One of the greatest needs in this area is to raise additional money to afford the small children in surrounding area a simple glass of milk each day. The nutrition in this region is terrible, and it has been determined that supplying a fresh glass of milk daily to these children will make an enormous difference in their health and growth.

SAN IGNACIO DE VELASCO

In San Ignacio de Velasco the missionaries administrate two day schools on two campuses. With the help of volunteers, the missionaries have constructed additional classrooms and buildings. The children at their schools have their nutrition supplemented through a milk program implemented by the missionaries. These two day schools serve approximately 1,000 day students. The missionaries also administrate the local university in this region. While the university currently serves only a small number of students, the bishop in the area has aided the missionaries in procuring a site for a university campus. With the help of architectural volunteers from Spain, the missionaries have architectural drawings for the university.

LA PAZ

Over 12,000 feet above sea level, surrounded by mountains close to the Andean range, there is a warm shelter in sharp contrast to the cold air outside. In a world lacking tenderness, the City of the Child Jesus in La Paz appears as a place of love and affection, a Christian home for abandoned children and youngsters.

The City of the Child Jesus in La Paz lodges 120 children, all of them boys between the ages of 5 and 18 years. Both the good work carried out by the administration and the good name that this center is earning in the surrounding areas have allowed opening its doors to the local student population. So this co-ed vocational public school fulfils the needs of almost 500 students. This is a place where children find the love they had lost.

There is one instructor for every 20 children, the same one that accompanies them in their studies and in their lives. Comfortable bedrooms help the young bodies to rest at night whereas ample reading and study rooms prepare the future citizens in sciences and the humanities.

The City of the Child Jesus receives its main funding from the production made in our shops: bakery, carpentry and other shops. This is about 30% of the income. Also a Spanish NGO "Help in Action" contributes 25%. Theoretically, the State helps us with 16% of the total budget. The money was allocated from last year's administration, although that payment is not made on time.

The operation of the different shops such as those of carpentry, locksmith, bakery, pottery, textile, and agricultural economics serves the double purpose of preparing the youngsters and allowing for the self-sustenance of the City. A percentage of the production of bread, vegetables and livestock is earmarked for the nourishment of the students. Another considerable portion is sold in different stores around the city of La Paz providing needed economic revenues for the sustenance and education of the children.

Work and spiritual care in the City of the Child Jesus are two essential pillars in the children's formation. There are always moments for reflection and prayer in the life of everyone collaborating in the City of the Child Jesus. A third pillar is education. This co-ed vocational public school Child Jesus not only benefits children living in this Center but also children of the surrounding areas. The school City of the Child Jesus offers the students a formal education and the possibility of learning computer skills, and being trained in one of the five existing workshops.

Visit the website: CITY OF THE CHILD OF JESUS


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SOLID ROCK ORPHANAGE IN BRAZIL

ABOUT DARLENE BISHOP

Darlene Bishop made a commitment to Christ at fourteen years of age. At that time she felt the call of God on her life and at seventeen she married her sweetheart, Lawrence Bishop. When they married, Lawrence was a very spiritual young man and Darlene thought someday he would become a preacher and she would be a preachers wife. But not long after they married, Lawrence became consumed by his quarter horse business and began to be very successful. Soon, church took a back seat to business and Darlene found herself just taking her children to church.

While Lawrence was away at horse sales, she would lock herself in the bedroom on weekends to study. She just couldn't get enough of God. Before long, the Lord started giving her sermons. She would feverously right them down and preach to her only audience, the grand father clock at the foot of her staircase. In the beginning she would fuss at Lawrence for being out of town all the time on business, never being home to go to church with them. Of course he insisted he was doing all this for her and the kids. Eventually, she realized that complaining all the time was not going to get him to change but she knew what would. It had become her life --PRAYER.

As she began to intercede for Lawrence, it didn't take long before he had a "Demascus Road" experience and rightfully took his place as the hight priest of their home. They began working in the church together and although Lawrence never aspired to be, he eventually became the Pastor of their little church. It wasn't long after, that Darlene began preaching those sermons God had given her and her audience expanded to more than that grand father clock. That little church has grown into what is now known as the dynamic, multi-cultural Solid Rock Church.


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Darlene Bishop With Some Of The "Solid Rock" Orphans


 

ABOUT DARLENE BISHOP MINISTRIES

Darlene Bishop Ministries is an outreach of Solid Rock Church, in Monroe, Ohio, where Darlene shares pastoral duties with her husband, Lawrence Bishop. Darlene began preaching in 1984 at local women’s meetings and in her home church, but her ministry began to expand nationally in 1998. Darlene Bishop Ministries is now traveling full time and can be seen all over the world through the weekly television broadcast, Sisters. This ministry was established to reach the lost, the broken, and the hurting – to reveal that victory can be obtained every time, if you only BELIEVE.

WORK OF DARLENE BISHOP MINISTRIES

As we have been commissioned, we here at Darlene Bishop Ministries are committed to taking the gospel around the world. The primary Mission Work of DBM focuses on two major efforts: The Darlene Bishop Home for Life and the Solid Rock Orphanage of Brazil.

DARLENE BISHOP HOME FOR LIFE

The mission of the Darlene Bishop Home for Life is to minister to the needs of teen girls and to encourage positive choices within an atmosphere of hope and healing. The Home for Life provides shelter, food, life skills preparation, academic achievement, job readiness, thereby equipping each girl with the necessary tools to lead productive lives within their communities.

Visit the website: DARLINE BISHOP HOME FOR LIFE

SOLID ROCK ORPHANAGE OF BRAZIL

There are about 8 million meninos da rua (street children) with no place to call home in Brazil. About 1,000 of them die each day from hunger and malnutrition -- but that is not all the're up against.

In 2002, God gave Pastor Darlene Bishop a vision of Solid Rock Ministries working with the children of Brazil. Since then, God has given us 3 homes (Casa Verde and Casa Butanta) with more than 50 children. We are currently in the city of Sao Paulo. There are approximately 17 million people here. We provide a safe and healthy environment, off the dangerous streets. We teach and train the children in the Bible. We enroll them into school and teach them reading and writing.

The country of Brazil covers nearly 1/2 of South America. It is the 5th largest country in the world. Brazil is South America's leading economic power and is a regional leader in the world today. The Amazon, which flows through northern Brazil, is the mightiest river on the planet.

As for the darker side of Brazil: about 8 million children live in the streets throughout Brazil. 3.5 million Brazilian children work, many involved in violent crime or prostitution. 1,000 children die per day because of hunger and malnutrition. From 1996 to 1999, over 3,000 kids were murdered in Rio de Janerio alone, most by death squads or the police.

Visit the website: SOLID ROCK ORPHANAGE OF BRAZIL


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VOLUNTEER AT SOUTH AMERICA'S LARGEST CHILDREN'S HOME

Children in all countries of the world are precious. But those who must overcome great odds hold a special place in our hearts.

Tragically, there are millions of poor children living on the street the world over – abandoned, orphaned, and/or disabled. This is certainly no place for any child to live. However, that becomes the alternative for far too many children whose parents have died or are no longer able to care for them. Today, the streets of Lima are home for some of the world's most economically impoverished children and families.

But, there is hope because there are loving and safe "homes" that give poor children a chance for a promising future. Global Volunteers offers you a rare opportunity to be of genuine service to these "at-risk" children, while immersing yourself in a complex and colorful culture.

"May the sun remain a young man, and the moon a young woman, May the world not turn over. Let there be peace.” [An Inca Prayer]

PERU VOLUNTEER WORK PROJECTS

You can help meet the daily needs of children living at South America's largest children's home: the Puericultorio Perez Aranibar. Your volunteer opportunities at this clean, quality facility are varied. First, one of the most important contributions you can make is to provide child care for the youngest residents: the infants and toddlers who need caring hearts and steady arms to hold and feed them, help them with their first steps, and play the games that allow their socialization and language skills to progress.

The captivating preschool and kindergarten children attend classes in their own school on campus, and enjoy organized arts and crafts activities. By helping them with their school work, and sharing your special talents in music or other creative arts a few hours each day, you can stimulate and encourage their development.

Some volunteers can teach conversational English to students in the fifth through 12th grades in an emerging English language program. Most students have only very basic English skills, so the sessions are informal and focus on recognizing and speaking simple words and sentences. Any native English speaker can be of service on this project. You are not required to have professional classroom experience, however you must be comfortable working with a small group of teens on your own.

For volunteers who like to roll up their sleeves to make a difference, several pressing labor projects at the main dining hall have been identified for immediate attention. Most volunteers will work at least part of each day with the older Puericultorio students on painting, carpentry, or light construction assignments. These projects are suitable for experienced trades people as well as those who have no "handy person" experience. Your contribution will be immediately visible and greatly appreciated. Some other assignments from time to time, such as organizing the high school library, will become available as needs arise.

PERU VOLUNTEER FREE TIME

Number one on anyone's "Peru list" is Machu Picchu, the mystical Incan city nestled high in the peaks of the Andes Mountains. Located 43 miles northwest of Cuzco (the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent), Machu Picchu was built in the late 1400s, a maze of 200 buildings, mostly residences, temples and storage facilities. Buildings were constructed of granite block upon granite block -- without mortar! With the decline of the Inca empire through smallpox and Spanish conquest, Machu Picchu became a forgotten site, only to be rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, a Yale professor. It remains a haunting and mystical destination. From Lima, many tour operators offer arranged tours to Machu Picchu. [Note: This option is not feasible for the weekend between the work weeks, and should be scheduled after the service program to allow time to enjoy the visit.]

Potential weekend free-time opportunities include exploring Lima's restored colonial center and many museums, markets and cafes. Several beaches dotting the Pacific ocean coastline north and south of Lima are enjoyable as daytime diversions, as are the numerous nature preserves and hiking destinations surrounding the city.

VOLUNTEER IN PERU

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Map Showing Locaton Of Peru In South America


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Staff And Orphans At Puerto Ocopa Orphanage


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PAC TOURS SUPPORT SEVERAL ORPHAN PROGRAMS IN PERU

PROJECTS IN PERU

* We have been traveling in Peru since 1999. During that time we have found many worthwhile projects help the poor people of that country.

* We only support projects we have direct contact with and have personally scouted the needs of the project. We purchase the materials in person and we deliver the materials in person.

* Over 90% of the money raised goes directly to our projects. The other percentage of funds is used for guide fees in Peru, newsletters and videos documenting our work in Peru.

* Some of our past, and current projects in Peru include:

1. Building the Jack Wolff School for 350 children in the Amazon rain forest.

2. Supporting 80 kids in the jungle at the Puerto Ocopa Orphanage with new clothes, books and bulk food items.

3. Helping 20 girls and the Chosica Boarding School and Orphanage with clothes and books.

4. Planning an annual birthday party for 40 homeless kids who live on the streets of Iquitos and providing new clothes and a dinner party.

5. Buying shoes for 50 kids who live in a rural mountain village outside Cuzco at 12,000 feet elevation.

6. Supplying 100 books each for remote schools in the jungles or mountains.

* PAC Tour Riders have raised over $50,000 for these projects the past three years.

* Future projects include building a new school for the cost of $25,000 in a remote area along the Amazon River.

* We will continue to support and monitor all of our past projects.

* Many of these projects are provided anonymously. The children are thankful, and we know we helped them, and that's enough credit. These are nondenominational projects. We support projects for all children of various faiths, without expecting anything in return.

* If you would like to make a TAX Deductible Donation and receive our Peru Projects Newsletter, you can send a Donation to:

Christ Lutheran Church Peru Fund
P.O. Box 303
Sharon, WI 53585

* Donations of $100 or more will receive a copy of our 41 minute DVD about our 300 mile adventure over the Andes Mountains to deliver 3,000 pounds of food to the 80 orphans and the Puerto Ocopa Orphanage.

DO YOU WANT TO TRAVEL WITH LON AND DELIVER SUPPLIES IN Peru?

Lon will be returning to Peru in late October 2007 to monitor current projects in Peru and scout possible future projects. Lon will be refining the schedule and making travel plans for this tour based on the needs in Peru. It is likely one tour will involve traveling over the Andes Mountain and going 300 miles into the jungle to deliver supplies to the Puerto Ocopa Orphanage. Another tour could involve flying into the rainforest near Iquitos and scouting the locations and support available to build a new school in the jungle. Each of these expeditions will take 7-8 days from Lima.

If you would be interested in joining Lon on either or both of these tours, please express your commitment before July 1st, 2007. A travel schedule of projects will be arranged by mid July.

COSTS AND TRAVEL IN PERU

1. These tours are working missions adventures to provide help to the poor areas in Peru. Travel conditions and lodging will be basic and rustic. Most taxis or buses are hot and not air conditioned. Most hotels are clean but still have their share of bugs or lizards on the walls. Most toilets do not flush properly or are located outside. You will probably get sick sometime during the tour from bad food or traveling at elevation or riding in a hot taxi. We will see and visit all extremes when we travel in Peru. If you need first class accommodations, please do not consider joining Lon on these working mission adventures.

2. Based on past tours, the cost per individual average $75 per day including hotels, meals and taxi travel. If we need to fly on local airlines in Peru these costs average $90 per one-way flight. All these fees will be calculated in July before any tour is schedule for October.

3. You are responsible for your airfare and travel to and from Peru. Hotel costs will be divided equally among our group. The costs for guides, drivers and local helpers in Peru will be divided among our group. You will have a choice of meals on your own at restaurants or grocery stores.

4. In the past most tour participants have voluntarily spent additional money for Peru projects they discovered during their travels. For example, helping a specific child or family buy new clothes or garden tools. There are also some great deals on wool sweaters and blankets. Plan on bringing an extra $200-$300 for extra projects or gifts for friends at home.

5. This is a working tour. Our main focus will be to buy, collect and deliver the supplies to orphanages and schools during the tour. You will be expected to help move a reasonable amount of books, clothes and food. The days will be very busy and full with the work we need to get done. Plan on being on the move 12-14 hours per day.

6. We will be able to see many different aspects of life in Peru. We try to allow some extra time to visit museums, waterfalls and other local points of interest along the way. Always carry your camera because some of the best experiences are often unexpected.

7. You can read more about Lon¹s travel in Peru on "Lon's Blog.” There are more than 15 short articles describing life and conditions during Lon's past travels in Peru.

8. If you would like to join Lon during a working tour in Peru please contact Lon at....... haldeman@pactour.com. He will be glad to send you a free 41 minute DVD documentary about his recent tour delivering supplies to the Puerto Ocopa Orphanage in the jungle. If you are still interested, Lon will be glad to answer more of your questions about these tours.

PAC TOUR PROJECTS IN PERU