April 16th's second annual Children’s Hope Dinner benefiting Orphan Outreach will bea joy-filled evening featuring a performance by New York Times best selling author, acclaimed country music artist and child advocate Jimmy Wayne, and honoring philanthropic activist and Children’s Hope Award recipient Cindy Brinker Simmons. Receiving the esteemed Champion of Hope Award, four local surgeons are being honored for their heroic efforts in helping Gersi Ordonez, a young orphan woman, smile again. The event supports Orphan Outreach’s unique programs providing vulnerable children around the world with basic survival needs and education.
The ravine sits at the end of a dirt road on the outskirts of Chimaltenango. Every day, families come to dig through the mountain of garbage in search of hope. Generations have worked the dump like a farmer works a field. They look for anything that might be transformed into a little money for food and shelter. Vultures try to stake their claim, and feral dogs fight for scraps while hands dig through the stench of refuse. Small children, sun-weathered mothers and silver-haired grandfathers move quietly in the patchwork quilt of someone else’s nothing to find something.
A powerful message from Mike Douris, Founder and President of Orphan Outreach:
In the beginning (of Orphan Outreach), was Amy Seale.
In the '90s, in a Guatemalan village riddled with gang violence, death, and trash, the soft, delicate face of a toddler named Gersi met the hard wrath of a cruel world.
Day 3- First day to visit Jubilee School: What I did not see today was luxury cars, manicured lawns or nice houses. What I did not see today was an orderly drop off line, perfectly clean and pressed uniforms, or a beautiful campus. No frantic stay at home moms or professional dads.
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