|Love the Children
The fund, particularly in the early
years of the program, has helped purchase numerous cribs and
heating/air-conditioning units for orphanages in the
southeastern provinces of China. Orphanage officials
identified these temperature-control units as their most
pressing need. Few Chinese orphanages had indoor temperature
control, and outside temperatures often ranged from- About 28
degrees in the winter to 105 degrees in the summer. These
temperature extremes can last for three months each season,
resulting in respiratory diseases, heat rashes or other illness
for the children.
Donors also provided schooling for
eight older girls living in a Hunan orphanage. Other orphanage
501 (c)(3) donations included music tapes and cassette players,
washing machines, water purifiers, clothing, office equipment,
and tutoring for some of the older children.
In addition to the projects funded
through the LCF, every group of families who traveled to China
contributed toward improving the conditions in their child's
orphanage. Many generous 501 (c)(3) donations have been made,
including the purchase of heating and air-conditioning units,
children's clothing, washing machines, dryers, water purifiers,
The fund has helped purchase text books,
dictionaries, reference books and other educational materials,
as well as cleaning supplies and play equipment for schools in
six indigenous communities in the Western Highlands. In many
cases, these were the first reference books, and the first color
books the children ever had. The fund also helped vaccinate
several hundred children in the same communities for worms and
parasites. In recent years the fund has purchased 10,000
notebooks a year which were distributed to 2,500 school children
in the mountainous region of Colombia. Without textbooks, these
notebooks are the only way that students can record the lessons
their teachers provide. Thirty educational scholarships were
also provided to students who demonstrated a commitment to their
own education and the betterment of their communities.
The fund helped purchase much-needed
antibiotics, antiseptic ointments, children's Tylenol, and other
basic medical supplies to the Vietnamese orphanages that
Journeys' staff have visited. The fund also purchased the only
refrigerator for one Vietnamese orphanage in which 140 children
live and it provided relief to typhoon victims.
In the Marshall Islands
The fund has helped provide new roofs on
the homes of ten families living on the island of Majuro in the
Marshall Islands. The project was organized and supervised by
Journeys' Executive Director Susan Tompkins with the assistance
of two adopting families, who worked with residents to construct
the new roofs.
An ongoing project is the sending of
textbooks for the public schools as well as hygiene products.
The fund has contributed toward many
projects in India.
Following the Tsunami, in South Asia,
the fund was able to provide near $100,000 in direct relief,
including food, water, boats, nets, medicine and more.