February has been a month rich in birthdays, and in donations to Eastern Lighthouse. Dani Stancescu, Esmaralda Nastase and Victor Nichifor donated their birthdays, and all the donations will be put to good use. Thank you to all of you for the generous donations.
“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
The goals that we make are supposed to be reachable and attainable. That’s why Eastern Lighthouse has proposed the “90 Day Plan”. This plan was constructed to help E.L. reach out to at least three donors who are willing to donate their birthday. The “Donate a Birthday” program was meant to supply each orphan child in Radauti Sf. Leontin, 125 total, with $20 to supply a small birthday cake, a wrapped gift, candles, and a birthday card signed and sent by Eastern Lighthouse.
By 2018, DaBP plans to sponsor, every year, 12,000 birthday parties for ALL Romanian orphan kids and hopes to raise 250K/year. We try to reach for 2,000 active donors with 500 donors donating $250 each year.
Why do “Donate a Birtday” program? Birthdays with birthday parties are for sure to stick in a child’s memory. DaBP will make their special day be memorable, distinctive, and will empower people to doing good while doing well.
Donors who donate their birthday will become a “Hero” and will be shown with a picture of themselves in the colage. A short three question interview will be included of the donor with ability to link to social media to share accomplishment.
With your help in the “Donate a Birthday” program you can leave a joyful mark in a Romanian orphans’ life. Donate today and please help us in creating a future, one kid at a time.
A saintly monk once said that material gifts will bring human joy to those receiving them, but offering gifts will bring divine joy to the giver. Every day, in so many ways, there is opportunity for each of us to bring joy to another child and to experience life changing divine joy ourselves.
I have recently read about the help that IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) offers to struggling, vulnerable families all around Romania. The well being of many of Romania’s children has been endangered by the lack of economic development that pushed so many families into joblessness and poverty.
Over the past twelve years, IOCC has trained thousands of priests and teachers (2,100 trained since 2005 alone) on improving community life for children and their families. IOCC especially emphasizes a good education as a way to promote positive changes for communities and inspire success. To this end, IOCC has opened afterschool care centers that keep children interested in learning, while providing a safe environment to study, play and socialize with friends. One such center, the Joy Aid Foundation daycare center in Urlati, is featured in the most recent IOCC Prayer Journal. The center serves 25 kids, and offers snacks and a warm meal, computer access for tutoring, bathrooms with running water, and even warm clothes and shoes for the most needy. The IOCC also provides new school supplies, games, and funds for other activities. I felt humbled and touched to see pictures of the children opening new school supplies with the wonderment and joy one usually associates with Christmas morning gifts!
Be a gift giver and experience divine joy yourself. Just a thought for the gift giving season at hand.
“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God”
Having a child smile tells you that they are where they want to be and that they are thankful. Children all around the world are in need of help and love from everyone. Our goal is to give support to communities in need of supplies and tools. We start with one community and prosper helping more and more children feel happy. Just donating one small toy to a kid gives them the smile that they’ve always been dreaming of. Children all around the world are in need. Show them your love and appreciation by donating one small thing, and then start getting bigger and bigger. With your donations you could make a whole community happy even if it’s just a small donation. These children are in need of your help and are waiting for someone to answer their prayers. Let them know that you’re acting fast to help them and support them with love. If you have nothing to donate, then donate your time to the kids. Donate your priceless love. There are many ways to help the children and one idea is to choose a kid and give them toys and help. It’s kind like adopting a kid, but instead they stay where they are and you send them the things. With everyone taking part in this idea most of the kids in need will be satisfied with the love in which you have sent them. Let the children know that there is someone who wants them to have a joyful and bright future. We plan to start with the kids in Radauti, Romania and Campina, Romania. These children need your help. If we successfully make these kids happy, then we will continue on the search to help kids all around the world. We are eager to start small and then go big.
There are over seven billion people on earth today, and not everyone is fortunate to have the same amount of necessities as another person. If our organization could start to improve lives of children, that are not easily accessible in today’s world, then we could improve the future one child at a time. With a monthly donation of 5 to 10 dollars we could buy everyday objects that could help a child survive. You might be wondering if you can make a bigger impact, and you can. With the chance to “adopt a child” you can chose a specific child to pay for. While adopting a child you will be able to give a donation of 15 dollars a month to help pay for their school supplies and clothing. Along with the chance to impact the child of your choice, you can also write to them. In the first month that you “adopt” the child you will receive a letter from your child and a picture of them as well. In one year a child will have 180 dollars, in U.S money. Just think of the new spending money that the child will now receive The thought that someone is looking out for them, a stranger, makes them feel special. It`s just until that stranger becomes their best friend.
Only a certain amount of people will be able to chose one child, but that`s not the point of Eastern Lighthouse. We want for everyone to know about our work with poor and abandoned children; we won`t limit our organization to specific people. If we could expand our supporting number to one million people by 2016 then we could impact a lot of lives.
Eastern Lighthouse was made to give everyone the chance to do something small, but make a huge impact. We donate to kids that are abandoned and poor because they may not get the opportunity to chose what clothing or food the want (the little things). In America there are so many ways that kids can now learn in grow. Sadly, there are places in the world where they still can`t afford to make a change. Starting with a few donations at a time we can make the world a better place.