The AIDS epidemic in combination with wars, disease, and starvation in Africa have left millions of children without parents. In fact, UNICEF estimates that there are more than 52 million orphans in Africa. Some of these orphaned children are able to live with grandparents or other family members but other children are not so fortunate.
The International Children’s Fund (ICF) was created more than 40 years ago with the singular goal of helping desperately poor children. Our objective has always been to help these children survive, by providing them food and shelter, and then prosper, by providing them access to the education and training to help lift them out of poverty. One of our most important humanitarian programs is supporting the construction and operation of orphanages. Currently ICF supports 11 orphanages in Africa and India.
ICF provides a safe, happy, healthy environment for orphans to live and to gain the education and skills to become productive adults.
My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Orphanage in Careysburg, Liberia is one of the orphanages supported by ICF. Pastor Ralph Galego shared some recent photos along with a touching story about Zubaru Kessely (aka “Superman”) pictured below at the age of 4 and today.
Zubaru’s father was killed from stray bullets during the Liberian civil war and his mother died in childbirth along the roadside trying to seek refuge from the fighting. A woman rescued Zubaru and cared for him for 4 years but was no longer able to do so. He was brought to the MBK orphanage in 2010. At first, he was very shy. He became known as “superman” because he constantly wore his superman shirt. Thanks to the loving care that he has received at MBK, he has grown into a confident and highly intelligent young man – with hopes and dreams of helping others. Zubaru is on the path to becoming a real-life “superman” to so many others in need
Update on Girls College
We are pleased to report that the construction of the Girls College in Monrovia is progressing on schedule. The foundation and first floor walls are complete. You can visit our website for regular project updates on this exciting project which will change the lives of tens of thousands of young women in Africa. Be sure to subscribe to our email list so you don’t miss any updates!
Together We Make A World of Difference
Regular giving helps us support My Brother’s Keeper Orphanage along with countless other programs promoting sustainable improvements in the lives of desperately poor children and their families. We call these donors Hope Ambassadors because they help ICF to provide hope to those who truly face life and death needs in Africa and India.
Every gift, no matter how large or small, is an answer to our prayers and an investment in the life of a child. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your continued prayers and financial support.
Thank you and God Bless, Dr. David Bruenning Founder/Int’l Director
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