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FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK
This past summer we received Casey and Amy Barnes and their kids for three months at The Village.
What a blessing it was for all of us. Below is Amy’s first hand account of their visit.
They are an important part of our Breath of Heaven family.

Building on Solid Foundations

Three years ago, I stood in my kitchen having a discussion with my husband, Casey, about the giftings and callings we felt God had given us. “I know one thing,” I said, “I am definitely not called to be a missionary. I have absolutely no desire to do that kind of thing.”

It is miraculous what God can do with our desires. Two-and-a-half years later, I was boarding a plane with my husband and three small children, aged 5, 2, and 13 months, headed for a three-month stint in Africa where my husband was to provide support to The Village as its Operations Director Michael Devine and his wife Aretta went on furlough. We have been home for four months now and are all desperate to get back.

We battled many hurdles in just getting to Africa, from several hospitalizations of our baby, recurrent vertigo, requesting leave from my husband’s job, the incredible financial cost (we had not a penny for the trip, yet every cent was provided for!), opinions of others, a bout of shingles and a round of chickenpox which was miraculously healed overnight just days before our plane trip. Not to mention...the plane trip with 3 babies! However God had given us

such a fire in our hearts for The Village that we had no other choice than to keep pressing forward.

The trials did not end as our stay in Zambia began. There were adjustments to be made and a new culture to learn, but these quickly faded as our children bounded onto the playground the first thing every morning and as our hearts melted toward each and every pair of deep brown eyes and dusty toes. Casey’s previous trips gave us a special starting-off point and we fell in love. Joyce. Eunice. Max. Memo. John. David. Norah. Charles. Helen. Mother Jane.
Mr. Tembo. Teacher Du. And more and more and more….

Breath of Heaven is a dynamic, lively, beautiful place that shines spectacularly against a background of bleak hopelessness. The campus and facilities are wonderfully kept and cared for. The children are loved well and beam with pride and possibility. The leadership is humble, dedicated, and diligent…and they LOVE these kids deeply. And all of this beauty is the natural fruit of lives that have been transformed by their King and who are desperate to live lives worthy of their calling. Breath of Heaven is built on people who are emphatically in love with Jesus.

In the few months since we have been home, there has been an explosion of new construction as made possible by the faith-filled giving of sponsors and supporters. As the campus expands, its foundations are proving themselves solid. “Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor 3:11-12 As the building continues and the vision expands, let us give all glory and praise to our God, the Master Craftsman who has given us His Son as a perfect, precious foundation. The only One worth building on.

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 This newsletter was written by Ted Lawler, President and Co-founder ofBreath of Heaven Children’s Ministries.   Our Sixth Home is Now Open!In January of this year, I went out on a home investigation visit with Pastor Joseph Phiri, our social worker at Breath of Heaven Children’s Village.  We were visiting the home of one of the children, Abraham age 6, who has been with us for over a year.  His mother became a widow about three years ago when her husband, who was a pastor, died suddenly.  She was left with five children and no means of support.  Pastor Joe had recently been to the home and felt that the situation had deteriorated and that we needed to consider taking Abraham’s younger brother, Emmanuel, age 4.

January brings a lot of rain to Zambia.  As we approached the home, we needed to park the vehicle about a half-mile away on the tarmac road.  The road to the home was narrow, filled with large potholes and flooded.  Proceeding on foot, it was a challenge not to slip into one of the large holes due to mounds of garbage all over the place.  As we navigated the narrow walkway between houses, many children ran out to see the visitors.  Then we came to the house where Abraham had previously lived, and we were greeted by his mother, Janet, who was holding a toddler in one arm and Emmanuel’s hand in the other.

As we entered the house, I could not believe what I saw.  The family lived in a single  10x 10 area which served as both the living room and bedroom.  The floor was flooded with about two inches of water.  Usually the five children and the mother slept on the floor, but because of the flooding, they had to sleep seated upright in two broken chairs.  In addition, the walls crumbled when touched.I have been on many home visits here in Zambia and have seen similar situations, but this time my heart sank as I felt the compassion of the Lord for this woman and her family!  I excused myself and went out to the rear of the house and tried to pull myself together.

  

                                    

Our mission at Breath of Heaven Childrens Village is to come to the aid of widows and orphans in their distress (James 1:27).  We opened our first two homes in 2010 for 24 children.  Now, five years later, we have opened our sixth home, which allows us to care for a total of 72 orphans!  In addition, we opened phase one of our elementary/secondary school in January 2015 and now have 150 children enrolled, more than half of whom are from the surrounding community.  And a month, ago we received a donation to pour the slabs for two more school buildings, which will hold two classrooms each.

But the best news is that Emmanuel, Abrahams younger brother, now has a new home to come to, and some of the burden will be lifted from their mother. We will also be helping her with food and have sent someone to see if any repairs can be made to stop the water from coming into the place where she is staying. Without our intervention, the children could eventually wind up on the streets begging.  We, through our sponsors, are able to give them hope and a future.

In addition to Emmanuel, four other children have now been admitted to The Village.  They will live in a family home cared for by a loving House Mother and Auntie and will be attending our school, Breath of Heaven Academy.  Over the following weeks, we will be receiving seven more children who will need sponsors.  If you would like to know how you can become a Child-Sponsor, support the continued development of The Village, or partner with us in some other way, please go to our website at  www.bofheaven.org. Together, we can make an extraordinary difference in the lives of these children!

                            

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2015

PALA MESA RESORT – FALLBROOK, CA

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 This newsletter was written by Sue Hall, Breath of Heaven Academy Administrative Consultant. Sue and her husband Don were at the Breath of Heaven Academy Grand Opening in January.

   Vision Imparted, Vision Birthed, Vision to Mature

The Eaglets have broken out of the shell and are spreading their wings!

On January 5, 2015, Breath of Heaven Academy opened its newly hung doors for its first ever open house.  Breath of Heaven’s sixth through ninth graders, in their pink and gray uniforms, soared like their Eagle mascot as they gave tours of the brand new classrooms and administration building.  They also did a stellar job helping their teachers get the rooms ready for the start of a new school year, in a real building, with real desks.  

Breath of Heaven Academy teachers enthusiastically communicated the school mission to families from the community. The school opening was a vision fulfilled for the Breath of Heaven directors, the Zambian teachers, the sponsored children, numerous American educators and for me. 

Did you know that eagles have very keen, focused vision?

Educating the orphans and vulnerable children of Breath of Heaven Children’s Village was always part of the plan.  It has taken the hard work of all involved to make the actual school building a current and exciting reality. After my first visit to a barren piece of land in 2006, a vision was imparted and named, Project TEACH (Together Educating Africa’s CHildren.) We did not know exactly how it would unfold, but knew that hiring and training Zambian teachers was a first step. 

Nine years later, teachers Mwase, Perpetual, Bruce, Memory, Bertha, Sunday, Monica, Do, Lazarus, and Principal Mtonga grinned from ear to ear as the vision became a reality.  Their classroom doors opened ready to welcome both youngsters from the Children’s Village and eager students from the surrounding neighborhood. 

And did you know that eagles push into the wind so that  they can rise above the storms and soar?

The vision, now birthed, is poised to grow and mature much like an eagle newly hatched from the shell. The school motto, Soaring to New Heights, takes on a deep meaning as the fledgling school seeks to educate students at high levels both with Christian character and solid academic achievement. Our dream is that they will be equipped to pass the high-stakes exams, and ultimately to launch careers and sustain communities. 

Project TEACH is maturing. The next developmental stage is to secure full teacher salary sponsorships, as well as financial support for each teacher to achieve the Zambian professional credentials needed to take the EAGLES to high levels of academic achievement. Together, the impact on the local community and the nation will be immeasurable. To our joy, returning teachers Mwase, Monica, and Perpetual announced they are each engaged and will marry in 2015. This development is evidence of the stabilizing influence that Breath of Heaven Academy has on their lives and by extension to the students they teach.  

Second only to the gospel, education is the means of changing the trajectory of lives for a positive impact on a community, a nation, and the world. 

Thank you for helping our EAGLES Soar to New Heights!

 

For more information about sponsoring a teacher or make a one time donation to Breath of Heaven Academy, please go online at www.bofheaven.org or call us at (951) 640-8032.

                

 

 

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This month’s newsletter was written by Jobey McGinty, pastor of Life Mission Church in Escondido, CA.

I made my first trip to Zambia in January of 2014. It didn’t take long at all to be amazed at what I saw, and also what I heard.  I’ve told many people that the children at Breath of Heaven speak three languages: Nyanja (their native tongue), English, and the Word of God. The way that these kids demonstrate their deep love and faith in Christ in both their actions and their deeds is just mesmerizing. One of those ways that grabbed me in particular was their worship of Jesus going forth through their singing.

They sing with an excitement, a deep passion, and real faith that what they are singing is not just true, but it is truth. And it is truth that they depend on.  And not only that, but they can really sing!  Between the catchiness of their faith and the catchiness of their singing, I knew that I wanted others to be able to be encouraged and surprised by the passion of these kids.
                              

Soon after returning home, I realized that I wanted to return and get a recording of these songs.  I knew it would be a challenge, but I also knew it would be worth the effort.  With a laptop, a small mixer, 5 microphones, and the kids spending a good 6 weeks of practicing before I arrived, we were able to record close to 30 songs, including 8 songs that were just released in late October as a Christmas album titled “Christmas at the Village.”

My hope for these songs is that they will not only be a blessing to you as you find yourself humming and singing them all throughout your day, but that as you do that, your mind and heart will be on these kids more and more, and that your thoughts will turn into prayers.  Aside from the fact that every single penny from these CD’s goes straight to Breath of Heaven (all the production costs were paid for), our goal is that on top of that financial blessing, more and more people will have their hearts leaning toward Breath of Heaven in prayer. 

So, I hope that you will order a CD for yourself and some additional copies as Christmas gifts for others.  The songs are a mix of traditional Christmas carols in English, as well as some traditional Zambian songs in their native tongue.  I promise you, you will be surprised and very, very blessed!
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This has been a very busy year at Breath of Heaven Children’s Village (BOH) in Lusaka, Zambia. There have been visitors non-stop all year long. The progress of building up The Village has been incredible. God has surely looked upon BOH with favor and has blessed the kids, the property and all those involved far beyond our expectations.  Let’s look at the happenings during the year.

  • The tilapia farm has had two harvests with hundreds of fish raised to feed our children and to sell to the community.
  • We have begun to grow lettuce hydroponically. A local, upscale market has agreed to buy all of the surplus that we have to sell.
  • We have a boys’ football (soccer) team and girls’ basketball team competing with other children in Lusaka. 
  • Construction of Breath of Heaven Academy has been ongoing. The exteriors are nearing completion on three buildings that will have two classrooms in each. We have also completed the exterior of a spacious Administration Building that will include a library and computer lab. Our focus is now on the interiors of the buildings. We are on target to open the school in January, 2015. Not only will BOH residents attend, but children from the surrounding community will be welcomed as well.
  • Sunday morning church services are now being held in one of the classrooms. One of our own grown children, Katongo, is our resident Youth Pastor. His development and maturity provide evidence that we are not just providing food and shelter for the children, but are discipling them as well.      

                               

This year we have been blessed to have a number of groups and individuals visiting The Village. They have been coming since January and will continue into December, when teams will arrive to finish the interiors of the school buildings and work with the teachers to prepare for the school opening.

Each group has arrived at The Village with a specific focus and purpose:

  • Teachers assessed our kids for academic placement.
  • A medical team examined each child and provided loving care.
  • Visitors from Kenya studied our residential program and aquaponics project.
  • A team of eleven held “BOH Olympics”, taught a VBS, and with the help of some children, painted murals on the school buildings.
  • Another group recorded music with the children for two albums. This team also raised the money and did the landscaping for the front of the school, including sidewalks.
  • Two people blessed the children through art projects and sports activities. 
  • Two long-time supporters came back again to work with the kids on the tilapia project and the raising of 500 chickens.

People who spend time at The Village often find it to be a life-changing experience. In addition, these visitors have a profound impact on the children, who look forward to seeing and interacting with all who come. It is a great cross-cultural experience for the kids and visitors alike. In addition, whether people are first-time visitors or returning veterans, they find their hearts joined together in loving the children in a deep and lasting way.

Here are some thoughts and comments from those who came this year.

“It is amazing what God does when you are obedient to His call. From our first trip back in 2006 and 9 trips between the two of us, God has allowed us to be His hands and feet and share all amazing things He is doing at BOH to our families and friends. This photo represents 3 families brought together through love and for His glory.”

*Micah and Alicia Orloff with Elizabeth, Chisomo and Hope Samuel

“I was blessed that God called and equipped me to go as an ambassador for Him to meeand love on the children at BOH. My heart is overflowing with love that I never knew was possible. I went without any inclinations that I’d want to go back again or desire to be able to sponsor a child. But God got ahold of me in both those ways and called me to partner with Him. I sponsored a little girl and my prayer is for Him to call me back again someday …. to be His hands and feet.”      

* Stacia Suzanne

“Breath of Heaven Children’s Village is literally a Breath of Heaven in Lusaka, Zambia for the 61 beautiful kids that live there. I’m so blown away by the impact BOH is having on the lives and futures of these children and their community. It was so beautiful to see and experience the unashamed and pure love and joy these kids have for God, people and one another.The BOH team is doing an incredible job loving and investing in growing powerful, intelligent, loving, godly leaders in these children. They are blessed God put this place/vision on Ted and Judy’s hearts.”

* Kristina Van Dyk

“My visit this year was wonderful.  Since my visit last year, I was able to see how well the kids are growing in height and weight. Also, their spiritual growth and overall health has greatly improved.”

*Traci Blagg, Physician’s Assistant


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In April of this year, Tom and Teresa LaManna visited The Children’s Village.

Since it was Tom’s first time there (Teresa’s third), I asked him to share with

you some of what he experienced.  Enjoy!

Ted Lawler, Founder and President

When we landed in Lusaka, Zambia, we

had traveled for 31 hours and had passed through nine time zones, so we were pretty wiped out. Our arrival at The Children’s Village, however, was met with 61 children singing, dancing, and welcoming us to their village. It was an exhilarating wake-up call and actually took our breath away! We joined in the festivities and our adventure began. We believe our purpose in going was to give all of you an idea of just what it is like to be in Zambia and on the property. We hit some “bumps” on the trip and used the BOH phrase “TIA, baby” (This Is Africa, baby) on more than one occasion.

First, let me tell you a little something about life in Lusaka. There is a very crazy way of getting around. There are people walking everywhere. This includes moms with babies on their backs, school children, and adults carrying water and goods on their heads. Now throw in very undisciplined drivers, and it seemed like chaos on the streets. Oh, by the way, traffic signals, signs, and proper driving etiquette are “just a suggestion”. The city buses are mini-vans that are stuffed with people and bags. Many have 20 – 25 people in them! Throw into the mix that they drive on the left side of the road, and to us, it was crazy! 

Now, let me tell you about Breath of Heaven…..
  • The children love to sing and dance. What is funny is that they practically are whispering when they talk to you one-on-one, but when they are in a group or singing, their volume is turned up fivefold.
  • They all talk about their sponsors and have many questions about them. They so look forward to getting letters from you. We brought at least one letter for every child at The Village. We were able to sit down with each one, reading and talking about their letters and enjoying the pictures enclosed. In almost every case, the child wrote back to those who wrote to them.
  • The kids are very polite. Many of them have favorite bible verses    which they have memorized.
  • In many cases they run around and play barefooted. In fact, the boys are often barefoot when they are playing football!
  • The children want to excel in their schoolwork. One day, little Abraham was in tears because he was only sixth-best in his class of 12 students. It took an older girl to come beside him to settle him down. They all love each other so much.  They truly feel and act as if they are brothers and sisters.
  • The church service on the property is amazing! The singing, dancing, preaching, and interpreting are all so inspiring! The Holy Spirit is present and He is pleased. 
  • One thing that brought tears to my eyes is that they took an offering at the church service and many of the kids participated. They still give even though they have so little.
  • The school is nearly halfway completed, but there is still a lot of work that has to be done before it opens next January. We are stalled somewhat due to a lack of funds.
  • There is a boys’ football (soccer) team and a girls’ basketball team. When outside, most of the children are playing their favorite sport.

Teresa and I have been to many places in the world, but the living conditions in the compounds (neighborhoods) of Lusaka are the worst that we have seen. Many of our kids lived in these areas before coming to BOH. Let me assure you that the work the Lord is doing is truly a blessing to all who reside there. I encourage you to pray and consider making a one-time financial gift for the current needs of the ministry. These include small items such as fabric, yarn, toys, balls and kites to large and costly necessities such as constructing another children’s home and, most importantly, finishing the school.

In closing, we want to thank all of you for your prayers and faithful giving, without which BOH would not exist. There is joy, peace, and security for the children at The Village. For years I have supported BOH, heard stories, saw pictures, viewed videos, but to finally be there was far beyond anything I could have imagined. I want to confirm that with your support and prayers, the kids and property are truly a “Breath of Heaven”.

Tom and Teresa

 

 

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Merry Christmas fromBreath of Heaven Children’s Village

As I write this Christmas letter, my thoughts are drawn to a simple but beautiful song that is sung at this time of year, “Away in a Manger.”  The first verse is:

     Away in a manger no crib for a bed

     The little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head

     The stars in the sky looked down where he lay

     The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

When in Zambia, I have many opportunities to visit the homes and compounds (neighborhoods) where our children lived before coming to The Village. I want to tell you about Alice who is seven years old.  Her father died three years ago, and  unfortunately, her mother is very sick with HIV/AIDS and probably won’t live much longer.  Because of her illness, Alice’s mother was not able to take care of her daughter physically or financially, so the little girl went to live with her aunt and uncle and five cousins.  They all lived in one tiny room without running water or electricity.  Most of the time, she ate only one meal a day and slept on the dirt floor

Sadly, Alice’s uncle also passed away leaving her aunt barely able to care for her own children, let alone Alice. I can’t imagine the fear, anxiety and pain that this little girl felt not knowing what would happen to her.

Fortunately for Alice, her need was made know to us at Breath of Heaven and she now lives at The Village. She has her own bed, is well taken care of and lives in a family home with her loving housemother and lots of new brothers and sisters to play with. She also gets to go to school where she is learning how to read and write.
Alice’s story is not unique.  Unfortunately, it is all too common among the 1.7 million orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia.  Through your financial support and prayers, we are making a difference in these children’s lives.  The transformation that takes place after their arrival at The Village is amazing!  

We are reaching out to provide hope to Zambia’s orphans not because we are noble, but because God has called us to do so, and it is what is close to His heart, caring for widows and orphans. We are so thankful for all of you who help us to bring hope to our kids.  If I may, I have a request to ask of you. This coming year, can you join with me in being an ambassador for Breath of Heaven?  By that I mean, can you join with us in telling others about the need and vision we have to rescue these kids from a life of hopelessness and despair? Can you ask your friends if they would consider sponsoring a child for as little as $30.00 per month or maybe making a one-time gift?  We will be living in Zambia for six months or more during the year and need your help to spread the word about our mission.

 I pray the last verse of “Away in a Manger” for you and your family at Christmas and throughout the year:

        Be near me Lord Jesus I ask you to stay

        Close by me forever, and love me, I pray

        Bless all the dear children in your tender care

        And fit us for heaven, to live with you there.

Ted and Judy Lawler

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On Thursday, November 28, we in the United States will be celebrating our Thanksgiving holiday. On that day, we will gather together with family and friends to enjoy a wonderful dinner and warm fellowship and to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. In that spirit, Judy and I want to let you know about the people we work with in Zambia and how thankful we are for each of them.

At Breath of Heaven Children’s Village, there are currently sixty-one children who live in five individual family homes with a house mother. During the day aunties also come to help in the care and supervision of the children. In each home, the children grow and live together as brothers and sisters. Most of our children come to us with abandonment issues, insecurities, feelings of rejection, fears and little hope. But our mothers embrace each child as their own, giving them love, nurture, understanding, spiritual guidance from the Word of God and prayer. The mothers’ and aunties’ role in the lives of these children is huge. Their work is both hard and rewarding. These women literally lay down their lives for each child, and Judy and I are so thankful for each one of them.
Our Village also has a school that meets in the homes. Mr. Mtonga, our principal, and his staff of four teachers are doing an excellent job working with the children, most of whom come to The Village with little or no education. Our teachers approach their duties not just as a job but as an important ministry.  They bring encouragement to the heart as well as instruction to the mind. 

Another member of our team is Mr. Tembo who lives at The Village with his wife Mary and their five children.  Mr. Tembo is technically our grounds keeper, but actually he is a jack-of-all-trades. He is a true servant who is always on call, gives his all and brings joy to everyone with his smile and laughter.

 

Pastor Joseph Phiri is our intake worker and also handles the interface with the Department of Social Services. He has his hand on the pulse of children who have become orphaned,  understanding their special needs.  With his pastor’s heart and godly character, he works tirelessly on their behalf, not as a hireling but as a servant.

Finally there are Michael and Aretta Devine and their two grandchildren, Jared and Nathanael. They work and live at The Village and oversee the operations and construction. They too have literally laid down their lives for our orphans. Papa Michael and Mama Aretta teach, train, encourage, correct, embrace and build up each child showing them God’s love, care, and mercy.

So as you can see, we have much to be thankful for at Breath of Heaven! We have a team with hearts to serve and to care for orphans in their distress. This verse from I Thessalonians 2:8 mirrors their hearts of service:

“We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our very lives as well, because you have become dear to us.”

Happy Thanksgiving and a special “thank-you” to all of you who help us financially and with your prayers.

Ted and Judy

 

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You Can Change the World Through Child Sponsorship

This is Jameson, age 9. He arrived at The Village this year.  His mother and father died and he was staying with his 70-year-old grandmother who had

 no means of support. Since the death of his parents, Jameson’s life has not been easy.  He had very little hope, was very depressed, and more than likely, would have wound up on the streets begging or stealing.  But someone cared and sponsored him to come to Breath of Heaven Children’s Village.  A picture is worth a thousand words.
A cover-story article in the June issue of Christianity Today (http://www.bofheaven.org/want-to-change-the-world-sponsor-a-child) confirms what we in the field already know about the life-changing benefits of child sponsorship.  Now a groundbreaking research study, done by Professor Bruce Wydick of the University of San Francisco, confirms that the impact upon the lives of sponsored children is dramatic. He notes, “The educational impacts of sponsorship are large.  In all six countries, we found that sponsorship results in better educational outcomes for children. Overall sponsorship makes children 27% to 40% more likely to complete secondary school and 50% to 80% more likely to complete a university education. Child sponsorship also appears to be the great equalizer in education. In areas where outcomes are worse, such as sub-Saharan Africa, impacts are bigger.”Another key factor in improving sponsored-kids’ lives is what he calls the hope hypothesis:  “You see, poverty causes children to have very low self-esteem and low aspirations. The big difference that sponsorship makes is that it expands children’s views about their own possibilities.”
That is why our goal at Breath of Heaven is to bring orphaned and vulnerable children hope and a future–especially through education.
We have 11 new children who are in need of sponsors.  If you would like to help us make a difference in an orphan’s life through sponsorship, please go to http://www.bofheaven.org/donations/. 

“Knowledge is Power!”

A popular declaration you will hear often in Zambia is, “Knowledge is Power!”  In light of the article referenced above, we are looking forward to constructing two block buildings, which will house four classrooms out of the ten we ultimately envision for our elementary/middle school.  In January, we built a wall fence around our eight acres, drilled two wells, dug footers for four buildings, submitted our building plans, and applied for a zoning change, which would permit us to build a school on our property.  As a result of the $85,000 that was raised at our fundraising dinner in May, we will be breaking ground for the four classrooms in September.
Our goal is to provide an excellent education not just for our Village orphans and vulnerable children, but for those in our local community that cannot afford to attend a Government school. We firmly believe that an education is a way out of poverty.  If we can give hope to a child, he or she can bring hope to a family, a village and, ultimately, a nation.  We still need to raise $160,000 to complete the elementary/middle school.  If you would like to donate towards the construction of our school, please go to http://www.bofheaven.org/donations/.


 

Tilapia Aquaponics Project
We are excited that our Tilapia aquaponics project is up and running, with our first 900 fingerlings enjoying their new surroundings.  This Fall, we will be able to harvest mature fish for our Children’s Village as well as have a business that sells Tilapia to the local community and fisheries. 

We are so thankful for all those who made financial contributions, as well as those who went to Florida to be trained in how to operate our project.  They were a great help to Michael Devine in getting it up and running. 

Fish tacos anyone?

If awesome were inches, we’d dwarf the Sears Tower.

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