Here are a few of our
special projects - please take a minute to read through this list. I am
sure one of these projects will touch your heart in a special way. If it
does, please contact us - we need your help!
Orphan Cry Care Paks
Orphan Cry sends "Care
Paks" to orphanages, boarding schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and
churches on a regular basis. The Care Paks contain some or all of
the following items: toys, clothing, personal hygiene supplies, school
supplies, bibles, and Christian literature for the children in the facilities.
We also often send Care Paks to the directors of these facilities who have
graciously allowed us to minister to the children in their charge. The
Care Pak ministry has been a great encouragement to the directors of the
facilities we serve, and has been one of the most exciting things we do for
the orphan children - in between our visits. If you would like to
assist us in the Care Pak ministry, please contact us. PS: If you
contribute to our Care Pak ministry and would like to write a short letter to
accompany a Care Pak, we would be happy to arrange this for you - it is a nice
touch for the children to receive such letters - photographs are also nice.
Orphan Cry sponsors
scholarships to send orphan children to college or the university when they
are no longer able to stay at the orphanage. The teens are most
vulnerable at this age when they face leaving the orphanage and entering a
very harsh world all on their own. (Please see the
"Disturbing Facts" regarding teens in Russian
orphanages) The orphanages do the best job they can providing education
through grade school - a college or university diploma will greatly increase
the opportunities for these children to lead a successful adult life.
The children are very bright, dedicated and work very hard - but without
outside help, a college degree is simply out of reach for most Russian orphan
children. If you would like to contribute to our scholarship program, or
would like more information, please contact us.
Kindness Renovation Project
Kindness is a children's
rehabilitation center in Kaluga, Russia. We love this place!!!!
The center is labeled as a children's center for the treatment of cerebral
palsy, but serves children with other disabilities as well. The center
is housed in an old building that still needs lots of work - much has been
done, but much work remains to be done. The facility is multi-floor but
does not have any elevators or even ramps. Many of the children there
are wheel chair bound. During a previous visit we witnessed a young girl
fall out of her wheel chair and down a flight of concrete stairs when several
female staffers where trying to carry her (in her chair) down the stairs. Since
then, we have provided the facility with a "Stair Trac" machine to move
wheel chairs up and down the stairways. But there are other needs we
would still like to meet here. We need your help!
Kaluga Regional Blood Donation
The Blood Donation &
Transfusion Center in Kaluga Russia is in desperate need of modernized
equipment for the collection, processing, and storage of blood and blood
products. Specifically, the center needs new centrifuges, blood storage
freezers, and supplies for daily operation. If you can help in this area
- or know someone in the medical field who could - please contact us.
The assistance we provide to this center is a positive testimony to the
community of our overall ministry in the Kaluga area.
Ken Wilcox, Orphan
Cry Executive Director, (and Rotarian) has been working with the Bainbridge
Rotary Club and the Moscow Capital Rotary Club to secure funding for
projects to benefit this center. Ken has helped to secure two new
plasma storage freezers so far. The Center
in Kaluga Russia is still in desperate need of additional equipment as
listed above. Please
consider a donation to either Orphan Cry or the
Bainbridge Rotary Club
for these important project medical needs.
Short Term Mission
Orphan Cy arranges
for short-term mission trips several times each year. Opportunities
exist for volunteers to help us with music ministry, children's ministry,
and construction work for churches and orphan facilities. All of
these endeavors cost money for travel, materials & supplies.
If you would like to help support our volunteer trips - we would be most
appreciative. Orphan Cry can also use donated "Frequent Flyer Miles"
to help keep the cost of travel down - airfare to and from Russia is one
of our biggest expenses for our mission trips. We have a
number of teens currently raising funds to join us on our next short term
trip which will be in late July of 2006. If you would like to
contribute to our short term mission outreach, we would be most grateful.
Boarding Home for Handicapped Children
The invalid Hospital
in Polotyana Zavod houses around 250 severely handicapped, sick, and
dying children. The facility is located in a poor rural region.
The facility is run by loving, caring staff, but they are terribly under
resourced and in great need. One of the things the director informed
as one of their greatest needs was diapers. As simple as this
sounds, diapers are fundamental to good hygiene and proper health of the
children. They simply do not have an adequate supply. Orphan
Cry has provided diapers to the center - but it is never enough. We
have also provided a new washing machine and desperately needed new
beds. More beds are still needed. Please help us as we continue
to support the children in this center.
Zhiletovo Renovation Project
"Social Rehabilitation Center" is a facility where children from
troubled families are
placed under guardianship and housed. Many have been severely
neglected or abused. Here they are evaluated, treated, and tenderly
cared for - some are
eventually sent to an orphanage after parental rights are denied. The center has several
areas within the building that are in desperate need of repair and are not
currently used. Orphan Cry has already helped to renovate many parts
of this facility - including a new dining hall, a new kitchen, and new
bathrooms. There is still much work to do. Orphan Cry
volunteers from America have performed some of the work - while we have
hired local Russians to do other tasks. We have even had some help
from the kids in the center. This has been a wonderful opportunity
for both them an us - the boys really enjoy being able to work with the
tools. Zhiletovo is a very special place for us - please help us to
continue to improve this facility for these children - they are very
During the summer
of 2006, Orphan Cry
brought three of our Russian ministry partners to the United
States for two weeks. It was the first time they have been to the
USA - and the first time two of them have ever left their homeland.
Their names are Farid, Irina, and Yegor.
They traveled to
area churches performing music, sharing their personal testimonies, and
sharing about what God is doing in their city and through their church -
Grace Church in Kaluga, Russia.
After the two
weeks, they returned to Russia, along with our Summer 2006 Short-Term
Summer Mission Team. It was awesome time of ministry.
Since that time,
Irina has married (April 2007). Director Ken Wilcox and Reverend
Chris Prezorski had the privilege of attending the wedding ceremony in
Russia during our Spring 2007 Short-Term Mission Trip.
Joint Venture with Bainbridge
Orphan Cry Executive
Director Ken Wilcox traveled to Russia In November 2006 with a
delegation of Rotarians from
Bainbridge, New York to provide humanitarian support to the Kaluga
Blood Center and several area orphanages. The project was in
cooperation with the Moscow Rotary Club. Pictured at right are Robert Dann, Michael Wilcox, Anne Marie Schaeffer, and Kenneth Wilcox.
Rotary has been a supporter of several Orphan Cry projects in the Kaluga
If you would
like to designate a contribution for one of these special projects, please so
indicate on your check memo, or in the comment section of the on-line
contribution screen - we will make sure the donation is utilized as you
intended. However, you do not need to designate a particular project -
flexibility for us to apply your donation to the area of greatest need
would be most appreciated. Thank you for your concern and
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