Archive for the ‘Project Updates’ Category

Distressing News — Renewed Fighting And Insurrection In The DR Congo

Friday, May 31st, 2013

We received a distressing email from the DR Congo on Monday, May 27, 2013. Désiré Murhima, our director of ICC Congo, informed us that rebel militias were once again attacking the city of Goma where the office for ICC Congo is located and where some of our newest children were temporarily housed. Following is an excerpt of Désiré’s email:

“We are sorry to tell you once more, in less than five months, about war in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

“In fact, after our last phone call (which failed because of network connection) [that] same night we did not sleep owing to bombs launched and gun shots in the northern part of Goma and at less than 900 m (less than half-a-mile) [from] Goma International Airport. Until now there are only two days of some peace (Saturday, May 25th & Sunday, May 26th).

“On Thursday, May 23rd, around 9:10 AM, two bombs fell [on] Goma approximately 300 m (two-tenths of a mile) [from] our ICC Congo Office. Consequently [as a result of the blast] one [local] child died, [another] lost [both] legs and another child had his right arm [severed] and his eye was totally damaged.

ICC Congo children from Goma being transported by boat to the Patmos Children’s Village on the island of Idjwi in Lake Kivu

ICC Congo children from Goma being transported by boat to the Patmos Children’s Village on the island of Idjwi in Lake Kivu

“On the basis of this horrible situation, we immediately took the decision to take the new children [to the Patmos Children’s Village] on Idjwi Island where they can live peacefully. [On] Idjwi, we accommodated them in one part of the newly built home [number] eight.

ICC Congo children from Goma on Idjwi

The ICC Congo children from Goma are now residing at the Patmos Children’s Village on the island of Idjwi

“Nowadays, Goma town is not supplied in food because all the roads from Butembo, Rutchuru, Masisi and Bukavu are blocked/shut/closed by rebel militaries. There is only access to Goma town via the Kivu Lake. Civilian aircraft (excepting military aircraft) do not land or take off. Half of Goma’s population has moved to other peaceful areas/regions/places/zones.”

We highly need your prayers.

Désiré Murhima
Administrator ICC Congo

Water Lighting Patmos Children’s Village

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Recently our administrator of the Patmos Children’s Village in the DR Congo, Désiré, reported that thanks to Mr. Jovan, an Italian engineer, and his team of five who came from Butembo, our Patmos hydroelectric project is functioning.

The hydroelectric turbine that provides electric power to our Patmos Children's Village in the D.R. Congo

The hydroelectric turbine that is providing electrical power to our homes at the Patmos Children's Village in the D.R. Congo. This hydroelectric plant is the very first to ever be built on the Island of Idjwi.

We now have electric lights in our homes at the Patmos Children’s Village on the island of Idjwi. The lights have been installed in the houses, school and church. This hydroelectric plant is the very first in the history of the Island of Idjwi.

This is the hydro canal that feeds water to the Patmos Hydroelectric Plant.

This is the hydro canal that feeds water to the Patmos Hydroelectric Plant which provides electric power to our homes at the Patmos Children's Village..

This project necessitated a great deal of hard manual labor in order to build the canal that carries the small stream of water to where it can feed a small turbine. This turbine produces 220 volts of electricity that will now provide lighting and electrical power for the church, school and homes in the children’s village.

The gauges that monitor the power output from the Patmos Hydroelectric Plant.

The gauges that monitor the power output from the Patmos Hydroelectric Plant.

Funds are needed for this project, and Désiré will be sending a project update to let us know what is still needed, so watch for more details.

Thanks for reading!

Baking Bread In Romania!

Friday, October 5th, 2012

After many years of construction and untold hours of labor from volunteers and local workers the ICC Romania Bakery is now baking bread! As part of the start-up team, ICC sent two volunteers to assist with marketing, accounting and general oversight.

A loaf of bread from the first batch of bread to ever be baked in the new bakery established at the ICC Romania Children's Village

A loaf of bread from the first batch of bread to ever be baked in the new bakery at the ICC Romania Children's Village.

One of those volunteers, Jerry Grecian, called on Wednesday, October 3 to say that the bakery was up and running! They baked 40 loaves of bread the first day. The kids helped to celebrate the start-up. The group who gathered sang songs, prayed and enjoyed the fresh baked bread. Jerry said he never saw bread disappear so quickly.

The baker from the Netherlands who has helped to open the new bakery at ICC's Romanian Children's Village

Theo, The Dutch Baker (on the right) and his colleague, Ben (on the left) with the first batch of bread from the new bakery at the ICC Romania Children's Village.

Other members of the start-up team include Theo, a Dutch baker, and his colleague, Ben. They had arrived Tuesday evening, October 2, and it was rewarding to see that they were already baking bread the next day! Praise the Lord!

Thank-you to all volunteers and donors who have contributed to this industry. We pray that it will be a financial blessing to our ICC family in Romania.

Kent Greve
International Development Director, ICC

ICC Congo—Project Update

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

The Lord is blessing and protecting ICC’s children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to a recent update from Sharon Fleck, ICC’s director of children’s services, the children are doing well— everyone is healthy. The recent fighting in the country has not spread to the Island of Idjwi where our children are located. While Idjwi is safe, the interior of East Congo and the rural areas are not. Things are starting to move again in Goma, but it is not possible at this time for ICC personnel to visit.

School has started for the children. Our project director, Desire, has been working on getting the Patmos school accredited with the SDA church. The SDA Educational Superintendent for Congo came from Kinshasa, the capital, to visit our school. They are moving forward now with submitting the request to the Union Committee for their approval. Included are some photos of the superintendent’s visit to our school.

SDA Educational Superintendent for Congo

The SDA Educational Superintendent for Congo visits ICC Congo's Patmos Children's Village from the DR Congo capital, Kinshasa.

The project recently hired a psychologist. This has been a real need at this project, and even though it will mean an increase in the project’s budget, it will be a blessing to have someone to help in this area.

Construction on house #9 is continuing as can be seen in the pictures. After this house and the school are built the project is in desperate need of staff housing.

Construction of new children's home at International Children's Care's Patmos Children's Village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Construction of House Nine continues at the Patmos Children's Village

A group of ASI people with a “Share Him” evangelistic group came to visit the project. One of the group members was a sponsor of one of the girls. She promised a cow for the project. The visitors were all excited about the program and went away wanting to get more sponsors. The children sang for them and put on a program.

Children from the Patmos Children's Village in the DR Congo sing for visitors from the ASI "Share Him" group

A choir comprised of Patmos children sings for the visiting SDA Educational Superintendent for Congo

We are working on a bio-gas project to replace the burning of wood/charcoal for cooking. An engineer has come out and they are giving us their recommendations for it.

Water Emergency

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Water. It’s often taken for granted when you turn on the faucet anticipating a clear stream of liquid to refresh, to cleanse, to invigorate. Nothing satisfies thirst like water, and when a problem in the supply system interrupts the flow of water to our ICC children it becomes an urgent problem that requires immediate attention. This is what happened at ICC’s Los Pinos Children’s Village in Guatemala. The children’s homes and facilities draw water from two wells, and recently the children and staff were totally without the use of either of them.

The well behind the bakery has a broken pipe inside, and the workers can’t get the pump out. The problem was immediate, and our administrator had to solve it quickly. The pump motor on the other well burned out, and the shaft is broken.

For a very short time, water was shared from an emergency well at ICAP, the secondary school whose property is next to Los Pinos. However, this was only a temporary solution.

The cost of purchasing a new pump for the second well is $1,543. Our administrator, Joel Carpio, had no choice but to purchase the pump and quickly put it into service. Once again, water flowed through the system and our children and staff had the supply they needed.

Problem solved? In one sense, yes, and in some years, it may not have mattered too much if Joel had to use operating funds for this out-of-budget purchase. But this year it matters very much because the summer months have seen donation income decrease significantly at ICC. This has put a huge strain on all our projects as we’re not always able to send operating funds at the time they are needed. ICC project administrators like Joel are trying their best to keep the essential operations moving along, despite the hardships. When something like the broken wells occurs, it causes added strain to the budget. In this situation, Joel had to use money from his already depleted operational funds which are desperately needed to provide for the care of our children.

I’m writing today to make you aware of this situation. We need your prayers. We need our Heavenly Father’s blessing from the “windows of heaven” so that Joel is able to have sufficient operating funds to provide for the daily care of the children. If you feel the nudge to assist Joel please let us know. You can also send your donation marked “Guatemala Need.”

Thank-you for your continued interest and support of ICC’s children and projects around the world. It’s the ongoing, consistent support of our faithful supporters that makes this ministry for orphaned and abandoned children possible. Without you, we’d not be able to care for them. So, in a sense, it’s our supporters who put the “care” into International Children’s Care. May God richly bless you for your care and support of the children.

In His service,

Kent Greve
International Development Director

Flooding in The Philippines

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Some of you may have seen the news reports about the severe flooding that occurred last month in the Philippines as a result of tropical storm Haikui, Typhoon Saola and the heavier than average annual monsoons. ICC’s children’s village was impacted as two of the houses in the children’s village were affected by flood water. The bridge and front gates were also washed away.

Fortunately the children are safe. Praise the Lord. The school provided shelter for some of the indigenous families from the community.

Photo of damage from flooding in the Philippines — Photo Credit: Mathias Eick EU/ECHO – Creative Commons License

Photo Credit: Mathias Eick EU/ECHO – Creative Commons License

ICC Australia launched a fundraising effort to help resolve the issues. This includes:

  • Emergency repairs to children’s homes
  • Medicines/vitamins
  • Front access road temporary repair
  • Food, clothing, personal care items, medical supplies and kitchen items for indigenous families

To help support this initiative, please contact the ICC office at 800-ICC-Pray.

Los Pinos Receives Juicy Donation

Friday, July 6th, 2012

We received a message recently from Anabela de Alejos, our development coordinator in Guatemala, about a donation made to our Los Pinos Children’s Village. Here is the story as related by Anabela;

ICC’s Hogar Los Pinos project in Guatemala has people that love the work we are doing for the children. When they hear something about a company or any organization making donations, they call and recommend Los Pinos.

The truck load of orange juice and citrus punch from Ajemaya, S.A. destined for ICC's project Los Pinos and Orphan Resouces.

The truck load of juice donated by Ajemaya, S.A. to ICC Guatemala, the Los Pinos Children's Village and Orphan Resources

One of ICC’s friends in Guatemala heard about a company called Ajemaya, S.A. This company was looking for associations or social organizations to whom they could donate orange juice and citrus punch. ICC’s friend immediately thought of our children and made a referral. The company contacted us and offered to give us 24 pallets of their product if we would be willing to distribute it where needed.

Unloading the juice donated by Ajemaya, S.A. to Los Pinos

Unloading the juice donated by Ajemaya, S.A. to Los Pinos

We partner with an organization here in Guatemala called Orphan Resources. They have given us various gifts-in-kind that have been a blessing to our children. It was a pleasure to be able to work with them in distributing this donation. Because of the large supply, we were able to distribute juice to other facilities that help orphan children. Our Los Pinos children’s village received 9 pallets. Another 41 orphanages also received a supply of juice. We are very thankful for this company because they chose to share their product with our children.

May God bless all of our donors. With your support we can help many children who need it.

Anabela de Alejos
Development Coordinator
Hogar Campestre Adventista Los Pinos

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

We recently received a note from Desire Murhima, our program administrator at the Patmos Children’s Village in the DR Congo. In it Desire told us of some exciting news from our Patmos Children’s Village. Here is what Desire had to say;

“Three weeks past, we [conducted] an evangelization campaign and we have been blessed with twenty-nine souls.

“We had fifteen [of] our children [from the] Patmos village [accept Jesus] and four new workers like our clinical doctor, our lab-medical technician and … two teachers [from] our university (UNILAI). Continue praying for God’s work on Idjwi Island.”

Baptisms were conducted in Lake Kivu following a recent evangelistic effort at ICC Patmos Children's Village in the DR Congo

Some of those who were baptized following a recent evangelistic effort at ICC's Patmos Children's Village in the DR Congo

We know that you join us in celebrating the fact that these members of our ICC family have decided to become followers of Jesus.

Ken Wilson
Media Director ICC

DEWS Sweet Home Boys Prepare for Literature Evangelism

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Lilly Kaligithi, from ICC’s DEWS Sweet Home project in India recently sent a report about a special opportunity for some of our boys. Here is an excerpt:

“About six of our boys have signed up to do literature evangelism in the month of May. They have special classes for one month during summer vacation. They are free only in the month of May. The Division leader and the conference leaders were here from the Publishing Department and conducted a real exciting training [session].

“They selected a president, vice president and treasurer. Moses is the president, Joshua is the vice president and the treasurer is from the dorm. I believe they did not know that these two boys belong to Sweet Home. I was invited to the last meeting.

“Please pray for these kids… I am sure this experience will prepare them for greater service for the Lord.”

Thanks for reading!

Kent Greve
International Development Director ICC

El Salvador Children’s Village Hosts Camporee

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Campamento Lenca is a very special place for every child at the ICC children’s village in El Salvador. It’s a very beautiful green area covered with lush fruit trees and coconut palms. Every adult child who has grown up at the Hogar Escuela Adventista would tell you about many happy memories made at Campamento Lenca. They would tell you about singing around a camp fire.

They would tell you about camping under the trees and picking sweet ripe mangoes off the trees. They would tell you about the time a huge, out of season storm came unannounced in the middle of the night and flooded their tent. Campamento Lenca is as much a part of the life of every child here as the parents who care for them.

Last December the local Adventist Mission in El Salvador was experiencing difficulties finding a suitable location to hold their Annual Adventurer Camporee. The time for the event was very near and they still had not been able to find a location with a good camping area for the Adventures to have their camporee.

Pathfinder group from the camporee held at Hogar Escuela Adventista

One of the Pathfinder groups that attended the camporee held on the campus of our children's village in El Salvador.

The Adventist Mission then decided to contact our children’s village to see if there was any possible way to hold the event within the property of the Hogar Escuela Adventista. After much planning and consultation with the main office, it was decided to invite the Mission to use Campamento Lenca for their camporee.

Due to financial limitations the children from our children’s village in El Salvador were not going to be able to participate in the Annual Adventurers Camporee this year. Even though they love the fellowship and the camaraderie that camporees offer, they accepted the fact that there were no funds to pay for this trip.

Imagine the thrill in their hearts when they found out that the event was going to be held in their own Campamento Lenca. They could not believe it. The Lord had worked a miracle and they were now going to take part in the event. Not only that, but they were also going to be able to share their beautiful camping facilities with so many other children.

The kids from Hogar Escuela Adventista prepare Campamento Lenca for the camporee

Our kids from Hogar Escuela Adventista prepare Campamento Lenca for the camporee

Older children joined their younger siblings raking leaves and cleaning the camping area. They wanted their visiting friends to see how beautiful their Campento Lenca really was.

When opening day came, the Adventurers were ready like any good host to welcome their visitors. With the help of parents and some of the older children, running water was brought to the camping area and showers were installed. Soon a small community of tents went up and the laughter and noise of happy children could be heard.

Opening Day of the camporee at Campamento Lenca

Opening Day of the camporee at Campamento Lenca

I would like to share with you a small excerpt from the letter we received from our administrator;

There were our children, a small group of Adventurers, some Pathfinders, and a small team of counselors working together to get the camp ready. Some aunts from the Hogar Escuela and even the counselors helped to cook for the children….

Now our kids are excited about the next event which will take place in the month of April. It is the first National Pathfinder Camporee for the new Salvadorian Union. Our children would like to go, but we don’t have the resources to do it this time.

We pray that our God will somehow make it possible for our kids to be part of this magnificent event. There will be about 100 clubs from around the country, and we would like to be one of them.

The children who come under the care of ICC are children who have experienced unspeakable suffering. Love and compassion is not something they have known. We work very hard through our specialized programs for these children to reconstruct and repair their little broken hearts. With time, and through love and compassion, these children learn to love, to trust, and to show compassion for others.

When our children found out that they would be the hosts of this camporee they were excited, not only because they would be participants in a camporee they had known would not be happening for them, but because they saw it as an opportunity to share their lovely place with others.

They did everything they could to be good hosts and gave the best they could to the visiting clubs. We are very proud of our children and appreciate the work of all the parents, teachers, and other care providers who daily work with these children to teach them about the love of God, and instill in them valuable traits such as respect and compassion for others.

If you feel moved to help our Pathfinder club in El Salvador to be able to participate in the Spring Camporee, please visit our website and make a donation for “El Salvador Pathfinder Club Fund”. Please help our kids be part of this event. We promise we will let you know whether they were able to make it and we will give you an update on how it went for them there.

May the Lord bless you.

Joel Reyes
Director—ICC Public Relations