Barrett Keene, a PhD Student at Cornell University, began walking the 3,475 miles between Miami and San Francisco to raise awareness about the realities 145 million orphaned and abandoned children face and present opportunities for people to get engaged in serving them. The route travels through Miami, Atlanta, Nashville, St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Salt Lake City, Sacramento, and San Francisco.
Go Walk America will be partnering with The Global Orphan Project (GO Project), to lead individuals and organizations to sponsor school uniforms ($20 each) for orphans and other children living in rags. These children live in communities where they are not allowed to attend school unless they have a uniform. This harsh rule is in place so children will not come in rags or less. It is often a reason why the poorest children don’t receive even a primary education. Through the GO Project, sewing centers are being started to create jobs and spur economic development in some of the most impoverished communities in the world. Your donation is tax deductible and 100% goes directly to meet the needs of children.
In addition to education, economic development in these communities is paramount in the fight for orphaned and abandoned children worldwide. Through the donation of school uniforms, adults in some of the most impoverished communities in the world will have jobs at the GO Threads sewing centers. Additionally, 100% of the profit goes to offering shelter, food, education, and support for orphans in 15 countries around the world. When you (ONE) sponsor school uniforms for children, you actually support THREE things: a uniform is provided to a child, jobs for adults in these impoverished communities are created, and needs are met for orphans in 15 countries!
The global orphan pandemic is a horrible blight on our world today, but also presents opportunities for radical life transformation. You won’t see it on the news tonight or read it in the headlines, but consider this:
- Of the 145 million orphans, 130 million are in ‘developing nations.’ The most vulnerable orphans on the planet live in the poorest economies, where extreme poverty chokes the life out of them.
- UNICEF defines ‘orphan’ as a child who’s lost one or both parents. Why? Because in most places in the world, the social impact of losing one parent is the same as both parents dying.
- The statistics do not account for the millions of abandoned children or children sold or forced into bondage who are not orphans.
- Approximately 26,000 to 30,000 children under the age of 5 living in extreme poverty die each day. That’s a 9/11 catastrophe with children every 2.5 hours each day, each month, each year.
HOW CAN U HELP????
Please donate at least one school uniform ($20). When you sponsor a school uniform, you support 3 things: a uniform for a child, job creation in impoverished communities, and orphan care! GIVE
Alsoplease consider “walking with me” by joining our 350,000 Mile Challenge on LegacyChamp. Ask everyone you know to sponsor you per mile! Every time you walk, run, bike, or swim, log your miles in the Go Walk America group on LegacyChamp.
You can also actually visit and serve orphans in Haiti or Uganda through a Global Orphan Project Vision Trip!!
CONNECT WITH US
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Twitter: @BarrettKeene #GoWalkAmerica
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