New Horizons for Children

New Horizons for Children

Twice a year, LeAnn Dakake, mother of 6 children, (four adopted from Russia; one from Latvia; 2 as teens, 1 special needs) travels with and leads small mission teams from different churches to Eastern European orphanages during the months of  January and September.
The teams go into selected orphanages and take humanitarian aid with them. Items include shoes, clothes, school supplies or whatever the needs may be for the particular orphanage. Together with the orphanage director and care-givers, LeAnn and the team begin the interviewing process and get to know the children in order to make the difficult decisions of which ones will participate in the next hosting program. Typically, the team will talk to each child, take a photo or two and watch them as they interact with other children, the team members and their care-givers.
They search for children who have a "resilience factor" in their lives that helps them to overcome past obstacles and difficulties. Mrs. Dakake relates, "All orphans have issues and most have experienced "bad things" in their lives. But, why do some overcome and go on and others cannot? A child that has a gift of being an extraordinary artist, musician, athlete, academics (especially language) or even a sense of humor--the ability to laugh at oneself and move on---these are the resilience factors that I have learned and seen first hand, that help children to heal and move on wit
http://newhorizonsforchildren.org/horizons/main.html

Remarks

There are currently no reviews for this story or organization. Be the first to review by clicking below!


Review this Story or organization...