Barrett Keene, a PhD Student at Cornell University, is walking the 3,475 miles between Miami and San Francisco to raise awareness about the realities that as many as 145 million orphaned and abandoned children face and present opportunities for people to get engaged in serving them.
Praise God…2,103 orphans and other children living in rags or less are receiving a school uniform through The Global Orphan Project!!! The school uniforms are required for the children to be allowed to attend school.
In addition to 2,103 school uniforms being donated and the jobs being created for parents in the same impoverished communities to sew the uniforms together, as much as $20,000 has been raised to provide food, shelter, and care for orphans!
Please donate at least one school uniform ($20). When you sponsor a school uniform, you support three things: a uniform for a child, job creation in impoverished communities, and orphan care!
Pennies per Mile!!
The donation to the online giving site (Crowdrise) is optional.
Praise God, I just walked my 2,475th mile on my way from Miami to San Francisco! That means I ONLY have 1,000 miles to go!! Ha! I am not going to lie, it is still pretty scary. This last 1,000 miles will probably be the toughest stretch of the entire walk from Miami to San Fran. I still have to cross the Western half of the Rocky Mountains! Also, before arriving in Salt Lake, I will lose my current walking partner and driver, Amanda, and I will strike out into the deserts of Utah and Nevada solo. I’m honestly not even sure how I will carry all of the water I will need to walk close to 20 miles each day! Additionally, I have no idea how I will get back to the van at the end of the day, or where I might find a place to shower and sleep when there are sometimes 80 miles between towns! Then, Lord willing, after making it across the desert I will have the opportunity to walk over the Sierra Nevada Mountains in late October. They will potentially already be covered in snow…so…that will be interesting. Am I a bit intimidated? Yes:)
I am excited to walk these miles though because I believe in what we are doing! Thanks to many of you, through social media, television, radio, and speaking to groups, we have been able to connect with and raise awareness with almost 800,000 people, and we have another newspaper interview today! Almost 1,700 orphaned and abandoned children are receiving the school uniform they have to have to be allowed to go to school, months of work has been created for parents in impoverished communities to sew those uniforms, and as much as $16,000 has been generated to care for “the least of these” – orphans in our world.
Will you please donate at least one penny per mile?? A donation of two pennies per mile is $20 and will provide one school uniform for a child in need! I will give 100% of my body and my heart to literally walk over and through these obstacles. Whether you have given previously or not, I ask you to please sponsor me at least one penny per mile during this insane home stretch!
Also, please share this through social media, email, word of mouth, pigeon, and whatever other ways you can come up with!
I praise God for every bit of good that is coming from this walk. I will gladly walk 1,000 miles in mountainous, desert, and lonely conditions. Will you please provide the pennies per mile to literally change the trajectory of the lives of children in need, create opportunities for parents to work so they can care for their children, and put food on the table and clothes on the backs of orphans throughout the world?