Liberia, a country sitting on the west coast of Africa, went through fourteen years of civil war that took thousands of lives and left thousands displaced. After the war ended in 2003, the country began to pull itself together and to start anew. Struggling to find itself on the world stage while yet still fighting against the natural hardships caused by malaria, typhoid and other life threatening diseases, one of the deadliest diseases known to man, Ebola, erupted in 2014, which took the lives of 4,810 many of whom were parents. 8,000 children in Liberia lost one or both parents to the Ebola Virus, and are now orphans. Many of these children are left vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and violence. Worst of all, many of them are left to grow up with no adult support, family, or place to stay. They worried daily of where their next meal will come from. They lack safe drinking water, clothes, shoes and educational opportunities. From both the Civil War and the Ebola tragedies, the country has been shattered with broken families and children roaming the cities alone.
In November 2017 the Delano King Foundation established an orphans program in Delaware to provide support to orphans, street children and poor families who are voluntarily raising children of relatives who have passed. Our motivation came from Matthew 25:40 ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ We believe together we can make our world a better place, and we are accountable to each other regardless of race, color, nationality or religion. While this motivation was necessary it was also challenging. We are thankful to God, our founder, and our donors for making it possible for us to provide support to Mercy and Harris (Orphans), including other less fortunate children in 72nd Paynesville.
Our system is simple, and addresses the greatest needs of orphans, less fortunate children and families who struggling to put meal on the table, and are financially under the burden of caring for additional children. Extra cash to use for important issues – tuition payment, rent payment, medical care etc. Through our Representative in Liberia, we shipped food, clothing, educational and toiletries supplies.
At the height of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, 9-year-old Mercy Kennedy watched as the ruthless virus ravaged her mother. She was shunned by her community, Mercy was left with nowhere to go and only her teenage brother, Harris, by her side. In a country still recovering from 14 years of civil war, Ebola posed a new threat to children, with challenges never seen in Liberia before. Some children were forced to leave homes where relatives are infected, cleaving families into the sick and the well. Others face stigma if parents or siblings contract the disease, or they are shunned if they get it themselves and are fortunate enough to survive. In the wake of Liberia’s civil war, orphanages were suspected of participating in child trafficking. The “chronic deplorable conditions” in Liberian orphanages were deemed a “cause for major concern” in a 2007 report from the United Nations mission in Liberia. Children were often undernourished, slept on floors and had no access to toilets. Read Harris Wreh’s Story!
The Delano King Foundation is seeking to change the level of care that orphans receive in institutions across Liberia, so every orphan knows just how loved they are! Our goal is to support the orphan population by constructing orphanage to provide moral, emotional, psychological, spiritual, physical, Educational and housing support. We are dedicated to promote, support, and advocate for justice both socially and economically for orphans, and to raise funds to construct shelters.
Your monthly support to our orphan’s program will help ensure orphans receive the elevated, loving care they need to thrive, and it will allow us to be the hands and feet of hope to orphans in need all around the world.. This means that orphans will have access to healthy food, medical care, education, and 24/7 loving care they need to grow up happy and healthy. This is truly life changing, and sadly, is not the norm in Liberia’s Orphanages.