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NEWSLETTER - DECEMBER 2014

Dear Friends,
We would like to begin by thanking you from the bottom of our hearts for all you have done. This
has been a blessed year for both our American “An Orphan’s Dream” and our beautiful
orphanage “Oasis of Peace” in Gachoka, Kenya. An Orphan’s Dream had its largest fundraiser
ever in November at the Red Parrot in Hull, Massachusetts. It was a smashing success and for all
of us, it felt like the kick-off of our Christmas Season!! We were also blessed to have our Founder,
Virginia Burbank, who has returned to the United States for health reasons, present. Virginia
added to the festive nature of our fundraiser! We raised nearly 50% more than we did in 2013!


The news from Oasis of Peace was even more exciting. Our Director of Oasis of Peace is Paul
Maringa, who is doing an outstanding job. Paul is Symon Maringa’s brother. Symon is President
of the U.S. Fundraising Organization “An Orphan’s Dream”. The land on which our orphanage
is built has been in the Maringa family for 40 years. Their grandfather, Obabiah Gakunju, was
110 years old when he sold the beautiful 10 acre site to our organization.

This year, we were so proud to have built a second cottage on the property to house additional
orphans.

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We now are the home to 27 orphans!! We are also excited to say that Brother Rene Roy, a Marist Brother who has a love of Africa, has joined our Board as a much needed spiritual advisor.

We have completed an extensive review of our finances which indicates 92 cents of every dollar goes directly to the care and support of our beautiful children. In the coming year, we will roll out our new website and dramatically increase our social media presence.

All of this great news would not be possible without your generous support.  Please be sure to check out the biographies of each of our kids on the Children page. Their stories are compelling and their progress unbelievable.

We are asking each of you to consider gifting at year’s end to further the Mission of our orphanage. Any gift, no matter how small, is appreciated. An Orphan’s Dream is a Non-profit 501(c) 3 organization and any donations can be mailed to:

P.O. Box 692727
Quincy, MA 02269

Once again, from all of us, thank you for all your kindness. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

God Bless!!
Symon Maringa, President
Dan Gibson, Vice President
Bob Ernest, Treasurer
Loreen Koubek, Assistant Treasurer
Lynn Gibson, Secretary

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Newsletter - March 2014 - Welcome to Your New Home, Dear Children

To America, The world's most generous people,


Ten new children from the bush will arrive here on April 13th. Out of the ten, five are already sponsored.

The photos below are of orphans that have not yet been sponsored.


Please ask The Lord if he wants you to sponsor one of them. We ask for help between $20/mo and
the full sponsorship amount of $150/mo (which includes school tuition).  We really need you to sponsor one of these children. 

If you would like to look into our sponsorship program, e-mail our founder Virginia Burbank at gigiburb@yahoo.com

Thank you,
OASIS OF PEACE ORPHANAGE BOARD



The Twins

Benson and Euphraith. Benson is a bit doubtful about his future as you see in the photo,  but Euphraith is very positive and cheerful. May they both glow with happiness as they enter the Oasis of Peace Orphanage.  

Neither child is sponsored yet. Full sponsorship of each child will cost $150/mo if you wish to include school tuition.

 


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Alex

Alex is a wonderful little boy. He is a bit perplexed right now, not knowing what to expect from us as people who offer him a new place to live, good food, and school tuition paid for. Very soon he will see that his future will be a good one living in our beautiful orphanage.


Mark

Mark

Marian

Marian

Franklin

Franklin is a boy of 6 whose dad died. Shortly after the death of his father his mother abandoned him. We pray that his joy will be restored and that God will erase all of his sad memories. He is fully sponsored by Terry and Jack Murphy from Quincy MA.

Joyce

The oldest of the four abandoned children who now takes care of the other three, including her little brother Promise who has epileptic seizures. Joyce is fully sponsored by Amy Cueva from Mad*Pow who now sponsors 6 children. Lord, bless Amy and all of the other dear sponsors.

Priscilla

Has a delightful personality and I know that she will be very happy living with us at Oasis. She is politely curious, wanting to know why I am all white and not black like her. She had never seen a white person in her life. Priscilla is fully sponsored by Ann, Eileen, Arlene, Leo, Deb, Pam, Paul, Owen and Jackie.

Promise

A cute little boy of 6 who is one of the four children abandoned in one family. He is fully sponsored by Amy Cueva from Mad*Pow. He has never been to the doctor for his epilepsy; therefore, he takes no meds.  We plan to bring him to a specialist from Nairobi as soon as he arrives.

Crispen

A frightened boy of 6 who came in from playing about 6 months ago to find his mother hanging from the ceiling. She had committed suicide and left him alone. We ask God to put a smile on his little face and to let him forget that dreadful memory. He is partially sponsored by Donna Nelson, Carol Smith, Margarita Poles, and Patrick Heubert.

Welcome children to your new home!
It will be an oasis of peace for you.
You will find love and peace here.
Come ! Come! Come! Oasis loves you.
Jesus lives here, and you will be blessed by him. 
No more hunger. No more loneliness.
No more poverty. Just come. 
Soon: a smile on those little worried faces. 
Come! Come! Come! Oasis loves you.

Jesus loves you and I do too, 
- Grammy Burbank  


 

If you would like to look into our sponsorship program, e-mail our Founder, Virginia Burbank, gigiburb@yahoo.com, and she will set you up to sponsor either one of the children you wish.

To send a tax-deductible donation, kindly send it to "An Orphan's Dream, Inc." Box 692727, Quincy, MA 02269.

Checks can be sent to: An Orphan's Dream, P.O. Box 692727, Quincy, Ma. 02269

 
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Newsletter - October 2013

George Matua, Caroline Murugi, Moses Mwangi, Bishop David Kalua, Virginia Burbank, Dianah Maringa, Paul Gitari Maringa

George Matua, Caroline Murugi, Moses Mwangi, Bishop David Kalua, Virginia Burbank, Dianah Maringa, Paul Gitari Maringa

Our Needs...

Our last newsletter showed the resources that God has given us …to produce a wonderful harvest of corn, and in the future, to produce vegetables and fruit, which will save us 30% of our food budget. Bananas and papaya trees will not be fully grown until February. We now spend approximately $1000/mo. on food and household items. But when we complete our first full harvest, we will be paying only $700/mo for food and household items because of our farm and of course, the Grace of God. When the next 10 orphans arrive, we will have to find another $500/mo to feed them.

God has taught us to use our resources well. However, we have a huge list of needs that are difficult for us to remedy without a boost from America. God bless America. God bless you.

Our little cottage, which will house 10 new orphans, is almost finished. We are beginning to search for 10 of the neediest AIDS Orphans we can find, and we will invite them to come live with us. We will promise to protect them, defend them, feed them, clothe them, love them, and send them to school. Our board will seek God on our knees to help us find the children whom He has chosen. Our older orphans have formed a committee to help us uncover God’s choice. They call themselves “OHO” (Orphans Helping Orphans) We want them to be involved in the process so that they will learn to love and respect what we do and continue our work when we are gone.

There are more than 2 million orphans, whose parents have died of AIDS, roaming the streets here in Sub-Sahara Africa living in unspeakable filth and painful hunger. Pray that we recognize the children who are God’s choices.
 

What do we need to run this new orphanage?

We need to find 10 sponsors for these 10 new orphans.

$15/mo to feed one child. 
$15/mo to clothe one child.
$5 /mo for toiletries for one child.
$50/mo for staff services for one child. Cooks, farm workers, “mothers”, etc.
$ 20/mo for utilities for one child.
$ 20/mo for meds, clinic fees, and health insurance
$ 20/ mo to educate one child including 8 text books and a Bible for each/yr.
$ 5/mo for tutelage 
$ 5/mo for transportation
$150/mo is the total which is called “ a full sponsorship”. BUT YOU DO NOT NEED TO SEND ANY MORE THAN YOU CAN AFFORD PER MONTH. JUST CHOOSE ONE NEED FROM THE ABOVE LIST, EVEN $5/MO WILL BE HIGHLY HONORED.

As we find each new orphan, we will send you a photo of him and his environment, and of course his name.

We are much more experienced this time around, so we have made some changes in policy and in requirements. OASIS will now only accept orphans under 6 years old so that we will have time enough with them to develop their devotion to Christ and the individual character of each.

My deepest gratitude and sincerest love for your outstanding generosity. Virginia ( Gigi )

Lovingly,
Gigi (Virginia) Founder and Director of OASIS OF PEACE VILLAGE, Kenya, Africa.

 

 

If you would like to look into our sponsorship program, e-mail our Chairman, Symon Maringa, spkmaringa@yahoo.com, and he will set you up to sponsor either one of the children you wish.

To send a tax-deductible donation, kindly send it to "An Orphan's Dream, Inc." Box 692727, Quincy, MA 02269.

Checks can be sent to: An Orphan's Dream, P.O. Box 692727, Quincy, Ma. 02269

 
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Newsletter - September 2013 - Harvest Time at the Orphanage

The children here in Gachoka, Kenya have so much fun during harvest time! What looks like work turns out to be fun!!!!

In Sub-Sahara Kenya, where we live, there are two growing seasons for those farmers who do not have irrigation. Our OASIS Farm is blessed with irrigation emanating from two huge dams which give us three growing seasons. Because our children and staff eat 2500 meals a month, consisting of corn, corn flour, beans, rice, vegetables and fruit, we use one whole acre to grow corn only. The other acre is used to grow beans, cow peas, green grams, kale, spinach, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, and sweet potatoes. All of the food is consumed by the children and the staff. We sell very little at the marketplace. We have decided that we would hold back on planting watermelon this season because the price has skyrocketed. We also have over 100 banana trees and 100 papaya trees so the children can have a banana for breakfast and papaya for dessert at dinner. Three growing seasons yield about 10,000 lbs. of maize.

We ask God to bless the person who supplied us with the funds to dig those two voluminous dams. Without them we would be in great need. Not only that, but both dams are filled with fish which we hope will be our greatest source of income. At present the larger dam has approximately 25,000 tilapia and the smaller dam has at least 15,000 tilapia. We are in the process of planning an outdoor restaurant serving tilapia and ugali. This will help us pay our bills. We will need $10,000 to set it up. God will provide. Receive God's abundant blessings for caring so much about God's precious orphans. In the Eyes of our Heavenly Father it is "an act of worship".

 

WE STILL NEED $20/month more to complete Kariuki's sponsorship. We need $100/month more for Risper. We also need $50 /month more for Mary Kagendo, and $100/.month more for Flavian. Some of our sponsors had to withdraw. Thank you so much. Contact me if you wish to sponsor one of the children above. gigiburb@yahoo.com

May you find yourselves standing under an open Heaven.

Let the blessings pour down upon you like rain...... Let it rain!!!!!

Lovingly,
Gigi (Virginia) Founder and Director of OASIS OF PEACE VILLAGE, Kenya, Africa.

 

If you would like to look into our sponsorship program, e-mail our Chairman, Symon Maringa,spkmaringa@yahoo.com, and he will set you up to sponsor either one of the children you wish.

To send a tax-deductible donation, kindly send it to "An Orphan's Dream, Inc." Box 692727, Quincy, MA 02269.

Checks can be sent to: An Orphan's Dream, P.O. Box 692727, Quincy, Ma. 02269

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Newsletter - August 2013

How long we have waited for Elijah to come!! He is such a darling little boy of 5 years old, and he has suffered so much in his young life. His uncle has nearly destroyed the boy by beating him daily with a pipe. I personally have cleaned and bandaged his wounds which were so horrible that they looked like miniature volcanic eruptions. But Elijah smiled at me as I bandaged him up. He was thinking that his Auntie might leave him here with us. He wanted to be protected by all of us at OASIS OF PEACE. He felt so safe here.

Elijah wanted so badly to go to school, but the uncle refused to pay for his tuition. So Elijah spent the day at home living in fear. He never had a moment's peace while his uncle was in the house. To make matters worse, his Auntie was too afraid to confront her husband and save the child from those cruel beatings. The Auntie brought Elijah to OASIS asking us to try to convince her husband to sign Elijah over to us. But there didn't seem to be much hope. I took it to my prayer closet, and cried out to God to save this child, and allow us to be the instruments who bring healing into his soul. Time passed, and finally God moved the uncle to sign Elijah over to us. My heart swelled with joy and gratitude, and as I praise Him at this very moment, Elijah is asleep here at OASIS OF PEACE free from fear in his new little bed.

Then I thought, "Where are we going to find a sponsor for Elijah? I whispered a prayer and in no time at all, six beautiful people of America from in my church in Quincy all decided to pitch in and sponsor precious Elijah and save him from those vicious beatings, and make it possible for him to go to school with our children. How can I thank Annie, Eileen, Pam, Arlene, Leo, and Debbie from Eccoa Church in North Quincy for their kindness ? Thank you all. I love you guys. I really do.

A word about the drug that Elijah's uncle is taking: It is destroying our village. The drug is called miraa, and it causes a person to go mad. The male child in Gachoka is in peril, because he quits school in the 8th grade to grow this drug. At our local school, there are twenty girls in the 8th grade, and only one boy. The boys are so impressed with the financial potential of growing this drug that they leave all dreams of an education behind. Miraa brings in so much money that the young boys always have money in their pockets and can easily afford to drink beer as well. Miraa deadens the male user's desire to engage in sexual activity; therefore, there are very few children being born in this area, and almost no marriages. In our church we pray for God to bring Holy Matrimony back to Gachoka, a village who always had put God first.

I'd like to end this newsletter on a positive note: What could be more positive than announcing to you that Elijah is happy now. He no longer lives in fear, and he can hardly wait to go off to school with the other children at 6am every morning. He is relaxing with all of us more and more each day, and his joy and relief make us realize that this is a mighty ministry dedicated to saving children from desperately lonely and painful lives. Praise His Holy Name!!

 

WE STILL NEED $20/month more to complete Kariuki's sponsorship. We need $100/month more for Risper. We also need $50 /month more for Mary Kagendo, and $100/.month more for Flavian. Some of our sponsors had to withdraw. Thank you so much. Contact me if you wish to sponsor one of the children above. gigiburb@yahoo.com

May you find yourselves standing under an open Heaven.

Let the blessings pour down upon you like rain...... Let it rain!!!!!

Lovingly,
Gigi (Virginia) Founder and Director of OASIS OF PEACE VILLAGE, Kenya, Africa.

If you would like to look into our sponsorship program, e-mail our Chairman, Symon Maringa, spkmaringa@yahoo.com, and he will set you up to sponsor either one of the children you wish.

To send a tax-deductible donation, kindly send it to "An Orphan's Dream, Inc." Box 692727, Quincy, MA 02269.

Checks can be sent to: An Orphan's Dream, P.O. Box 692727, Quincy, Ma. 02269

 
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