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01-16-2014, 10:58 AM
Since so many of us here do have specifically spiritual beliefs, and believe in acting on our beliefs, a good "suggestion" subsection might be a place to mention charities, what their track records might be, goals, if there's too much government involvement, etc.

I like the ideas behind Heifer International (http://www.heifer.org/) and Water1st International (http://water1st.org/), but how efficiently is the money used? Is there any option to give anonymously instead of ways that give out too much personal info? I don't want to support private jets and million dollar vacations, we get enough of that crap from the elected 'leaders' already. Just a thought.

For those who don't like to follow links, Water 1st has the goal of improving lives through better access to clean water. Less time spent carrying buckets and jugs means more time for education, growing and processing (drying or preserving) food, better health, etc.

Heifer International has a goal of providing live animals, suitable to location, to make small family farms more sustainable through flocks of poultry, beehives, goats, llamas, camels, water buffalo, and yes, plain ol' heifers.

A quick search just got me the main pages. CharityNavigator.org only gives heifer international an over all score of 45.33 though, much better than some, but lower on the financial side, and higher on the program side. I'd personally be more impressed if they were also helping rural American families too. Shouldn't sustainable food be for everyone?

Water1st doesn't even show up there, though it's newer at only about 6 years, based in the Seattle area, and follows up on projects (most charity funded water projects get no follow-up, and fail within 3 years.)

So if someone has info on similar programs to those two, stateside, and with good track records, I'd love to hear about it. If someone wanted to know about something else, I might be able to offer some info.

01-16-2014, 08:25 PM
W.Lynn I don't know about those two charities, but I found out yesterday that the American Cancer Society only gives 15% of what they raise to their charity, the other 85% is overhead/operational costs. This came from a representatives supervisor. Representative is not allowed to tell you but supervisor is. Kinda shocking!

01-16-2014, 10:19 PM
Yeah, most of them are like that, or worse

I'm all for starting one if we have to, Flocks for Funny Fuckers or Pigs fer Paste-eaters. There's a great lady in one of the small towns I shop in that might be shorter than anyone here, as round as she is tall, absolutely sparkling person, good wife and outstanding mother. Trying to think how to drag her here. She was itching to get hens, but had to prepare so they don't eat the garden. I'll check if she has them yet, maybe buy a sack o' feed and tell her it's from the idiots here, or help with coop construction, time is always a good donation.

06-02-2014, 08:11 AM

I thought this was helpful, especially since I'm the type of person who gets suckered in every time someone tells me about someone suffering.

07-28-2014, 10:08 AM
I'm familiar with all the above organizations. Hell, when I'm at the CircleK, the cashier keeps asking if I'd like to donate to the Red Cross, and I give the usual speech about the evils of the organization with enough customers behind me listening in.

I just have only one question for the "GREEN" list, though.

What is it exactly that the Ronald McDonald house feeds the families? You seriously have to wonder.

07-28-2014, 10:34 AM
Wendys burgers and Taco Bell of course.

07-28-2014, 09:11 PM
Ever have a newborn flown to a children's hospital in another state? It isn't easy on you. Been there, done that, stayed at a place like Ronald McDonald House that didn't happen to have a clown on the sign.

Keep in mind that the parents of newborns and small children (or any child) with severe problems are often younger, working stiff sort of people with nothing to spare.

They receive the use of a tiny place, like an efficiency apartment or hotel room with kitchenette. There wasn't much there where we were, bare essentials of cookware, dishes, or linens that someone donated instead of throwing away, and the utilities were on. We were grateful for it too.

07-29-2014, 02:56 PM
Ever have a newborn flown to a children's hospital in another state? It isn't easy on you. Been there, done that, stayed at a place like Ronald McDonald House that didn't happen to have a clown on the sign.

Keep in mind that the parents of newborns and small children (or any child) with severe problems are often younger, working stiff sort of people with nothing to spare.

They receive the use of a tiny place, like an efficiency apartment or hotel room with kitchenette. There wasn't much there where we were, bare essentials of cookware, dishes, or linens that someone donated instead of throwing away, and the utilities were on. We were grateful for it too.

Agreed, it is a very needed service and in my opinion a worthy charity.

I can only speak of the Indpls Ronald McDonald House - but they keep the simple grocery staples of home on hand; frozen meats, canned and dry goods, etc ... nothing extravagant, but much better than a hospital cot or a flea motel.

07-29-2014, 05:44 PM
If anyone is interested, we're building an orphanage in Uganda. It's being done by a preacher there. So far, we've purchased the land, and now working on the foundation, then the building, etc. He's sending detailed receipts for every aspect of the project. 100% is going to the project.

I've referenced the above chart frequently, thanks for that. We no longer give a thing to Good Will, or any of the losers who are taking the bulk of the cash. I appreciate the data.

09-28-2014, 03:49 PM
Here is an update on the orphanage project from Africa.



This was a great week. We spent the whole of yesterday with the grand mother of the five kids. These five kids were the the ones whose parents were both hacked to death by unknown persons.

Life was so hard for these five kids that the youngest almost died of malnutrition. However, with the help of God, we managed to rescue these kids sometime last year.

Of these 15 kids we are taking care of, their Grandmother came to visit them yesterday Saturday 27th Sept 2014. The old woman was overwhelmed by joy to see the grand children blossoming in the love of God. She could hardly believe what she was seeing with her eyes. She brought a big cock and some staple food. We slaughtered and enjoyed the cock today Sunday 28th Sept. What a wonderful time we spent with the old woman. See their photo attached herein.

Meanwhile, we are breaking the building ground before end of this coming week. The Engineer has been busy working on approval of the building blueprint. He has finalized everything. I will send you the full details before Friday. Right now he is in Kampala but coming to Soroti early Mondy/Tuesday 30th Sept.

God bless you.



10-29-2014, 08:27 PM
The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster (http://s3.amazonaws.com/propublica/redcross/the-red-cross-secret-disaster.html)

In 2012, two massive storms pounded the United States, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless, hungry or without power for days and weeks.

Americans did what they so often do after disasters. They sent hundreds of millions of dollars to the Red Cross, confident their money would ease the suffering left behind by Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac. They believed the charity was up to the job.

They were wrong.

The Red Cross botched key elements of its mission after Sandy and Isaac, leaving behind a trail of unmet needs and acrimony, according to an investigation by ProPublica and NPR. The charity’s shortcomings were detailed in confidential reports and internal emails, as well as accounts from current and former disaster relief specialists.

What’s more, Red Cross officials at national headquarters in Washington, D.C. compounded the charity’s inability to provide relief by “diverting assets for public relations purposes,” as one internal report puts it. Distribution of relief supplies, the report said, was “politically driven.”

During Isaac, Red Cross supervisors ordered dozens of trucks usually deployed to deliver aid to be driven around nearly empty instead, “just to be seen,” one of the drivers, Jim Dunham, recalls.

Much more at link (http://s3.amazonaws.com/propublica/redcross/the-red-cross-secret-disaster.html).

12-13-2014, 10:50 AM
The Orphanage Building project is in progress. By the end of next week, we will have done up to the ring beam.We appreciate your support to the success of this miracle project.

Anyone who wants to help on this project can contact me, so far we are going it alone.



12-14-2014, 02:25 PM
Very impressive Un.

12-16-2014, 04:52 PM
Yes, sure. It may not be cost effective to ship to there. They have an address and needs now, kids to feed, etc.

12-16-2014, 10:02 PM
Well post something up, pm an address for donations, maybe a physical address there for punching into maps or gps.

Every now and then one of the boys will get the itch to do something charitable, I can show them a satellite zoom, and they can send cards and letters besides doing a donation through your church. They just did Blue Santa donations, and the animal shelter before that, so they'll want to do something different in a few weeks.

12-16-2014, 10:24 PM
Anyone interested can PM me, anyone in or near Soroti, Eastern Region, Uganda is welcome to check it out for themselves. So far, we've been going it alone, and have no other donors.

We've got copies of all the deeds, permitting, architecture drawings and all the receipts from property to construction.

12-19-2014, 10:35 AM
Here is this weeks update, next funding for the roofing and labor will need to be sent.

We are almost getting done with the Ring Beam by the evening of tomorrow 19th December 2014. The building project continues thereafter.. There will be only a two-day Christmas break then the roofing work resumes.

The total cost of roofing including purchase of materials will be: 13,665,000. Labor cost for roofing will be 4,099,500. I have agreed with the Engineer that the labor cost will be paid after the roofing. However, we shall need to order for major materials especially timber which is usually scarce here.

Tomorrow I will send you receipts signed by Engineer for the previous Foundation and Walling labor costs.

God bless you.


12-28-2014, 10:51 AM
UN -- Am I right in assuming the costs are in Ugandan funds? That's awesome work.

12-28-2014, 08:24 PM
Yes sir, Ugandan Shillings I believe. It's about 5k US.

02-04-2015, 10:45 AM
Here is a news clip about people who are hacked to death. All the kids are the orphanage lost their parents to such attacks. http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/17-hacked-to-death-in-new-DRC-attack-20150204

02-04-2015, 10:55 AM
Dear friends,
As for today, we are left with two stages to complete the roofing wood work. The estimated time of completing the wood work roofing is this weekend. According to the Engineer, we will have to do the ceiling at the front and back of the building. The iron sheets roofing with follow soon.

I have still failed to rectify the fault in my scanner and printer. Seems it might not be easy to repair. I have accountability receipts for you on the $5000. We have purchased enough timber, iron sheets, nails and other roofing materials for the entire building. I will have to find another alternative how to send you the receipts by tomorrow 4th February.

The workers are requesting for payment advance. The advance is for labor costs. They are requesting for at least half of the payment in order to take back their children to schools. The schools opened for first term Monday 2nd February this week.

Yesterday I sent you total cost for the ceiling. However, the verandah and round the building, the ceiling will have to be made before putting the iron sheets. This will take about 40% of the total cost for the entire ceiling. The rest of the ceiling will be done after putting iron sheets.

Thanking you so much for your divine support.

Bonny & Goretti

Patrick is the site foreman instructing the casual laborers on what do

Here, the started lifting up the roof

Distant view of the building

Material for roofing being lifted up before fixing

Here it is now lunch time. Parick is bringing food that comprises posho and fried beans to the other workers. My little boy Arthur brought the lunch with a motor cyclist

One of the trips of timbeer 4x2 being delivered at the site

Load of timber on a pickup van

Preparation of timber before fixing

The Engineer and other three carpenters are at the top of the roof lifting the rafters

04-24-2015, 08:23 AM
Here are the latest updates on the Orphanage. The next priority is to get the finish out done. Doors and Windows, plumbing, electrical, and so on are needed.

Corner View

Front View

Rear View

04-24-2015, 08:26 AM
Dear friends and Family,

I have just come back from the long trip.

You recently requested some important information about the childcare Ministry here in XXXXX - Uganda. The name of the Ministry is: "New Hope Childcare Uganda" It is locally registered with the Local Government at the District level. The District of our operation currently is XXXXX.

New Hope Childcare Uganda exists to provide shelter, food, education, Medical care, spiritual and emotional support, to needy orphans and ultimately widows in Soroti District, Uganda. The Organization aims at adhering to nationally accepted best practices in the care and upbringing of children based on the Ugandan law. The Organization will also contribute to the local communities through encouraging local people in taking up responsibility in caring for the orphans and widows. Furthermore, the Organization commits to parenting the orphans and other vulnerable children within Soroti and where the need be; even beyond the district.

Concerning language that we use, here we teach children in the language that unites all of them. And that is English for now. English is the official language in Uganda. Since these children come from various ethnic backgrounds, English is still the most convenient to bring about unity in the home. Besides, we also teach the children their mother language as a way of helping them not forget their roots.

Presently, we have a total of 15 children in the Home. Most of their ages range from 2years – 13years. However, there are three others above this age bracket. They are in Senior Secondary schools and University.


1. To take care of a total of 50 orphaned children by the end of 2015.

2. To create and establish a home environment for Orphaned children

3. To train 8 more children caregivers for responsibly taking care of the children.

4. To continue offering Education and vocational training skills to orphaned children.

5. To complete and enter into our 6-roomed Children’s Home.

We started with a manageable number of 6 orphaned children on a rented

House in June 2013. Presently, we are taking care of a total of 15 children in this same home. We now have 3 caregivers who are helping us in taking care of these precious children. After undergoing childcare training, they will serve as foster mothers and therefore make these children feel loved.

Yes, there is a great hope for placement of the orphans. Presently, the few children under our care are with us in our rented home. Once the current building that is under construction is completed, we intend to place a total of 50 orphaned children in this new Home. This is the number we can handle for the present time. We believe in starting small and growing. We cannot start with very big number because we will not be able to manage properly.

We are training the children through counseling, MDD, Bible teaching, and taking them to school. All of them are now going to school. They range between Pre-school and class Primary 6.


1. To acquire more land for construction of school, expansion of the children’s home, setting up children’s clinic and extensive agricultural activities.

2. To maximize and engage in organic agricultural activities for food security and long term sustainability. We will engage in crop production, Cattle rearing, piggery and Poultry keeping.

3. To start our own school that will cater for the children’s education from Pre School to Primary school.

4. Establishing health care facilities that go along in serving the children and maybe nearby community.

5. To build up a church hall and conference center.

6. To install piped water to children’s Home.

6. To extend childcare services to other districts with high number of disadvantaged children.

Meanwhile, I am compiling the Children's pictures and personal data. As soon as I complete, I will submit.

Does this answer your question? If I have left out anything you deem important, let me know.

God richly bless you all.

Yours in the service of the Lord.


05-06-2015, 10:58 AM
A special thank you goes out to Schmidt Ford of Salem IL for their generous donation for the Orphanage project of 5k. Please consider them if you are in the area and need a vehicle or service.


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06-25-2015, 08:47 PM
A special thank you goes out to Gulf Coast Christian Church for their generous donation for the Orphanage project of 377.00 for Bibles. This is a nice little church my daughter goes to in Pensacola.

Gulf Coast Christian Church
590 E Burgess Rd
Pensacola, FL 32504

God Bless and Thank You.