Posts Tagged ‘Education’

Q & A with the President of ICC, Rick Fleck

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

YOUR support of ICC’s children is having a lasting effect upon them. In the following interview with ICC President, Rick Fleck, you’ll find a more in-depth perspective of the work being done on behalf of the children.

“I can’t thank YOU enough for all that you continue to do for ‘His Kids!’ This ministry for orphan children has been operating for nearly 40 years, and it’s because of people like you, that thousands of children have been rescued and had their lives restored.”

“I can’t thank YOU enough for all that you continue to do for ‘His Kids!’ This ministry for orphan children has been operating for nearly 40 years, and it’s because of people like you, that thousands of children have been rescued and had their lives restored.”

Q: The news is filled with political debate this election season as well as conflicts in various parts of the world. There seems to be little news concerning the plight of orphans. Is orphan care still a world-wide problem?

A: Yes, absolutely! Jesus said we would always have the poor among us, and there is strong biblical counsel to help the orphans. ICC children are very fortunate to have many caring individuals who believe and act upon this counsel. The news media is always looking for stories which are exciting and attract attention. The plight of orphans is a constant that happens every day all around the world—so we sometimes get numb and indifferent to their suffering. Actually, it’s not popular to help orphans. Governments and non-profit organizations prefer to concentrate on prevention strategies. But, no matter what is done to prevent these sad situations, little children are constantly being left without mommies and daddies, and the wonderful folk who contribute to our mission are very passionate about helping these little ones to grow up and have new opportunities for a better future.

Q: Which ICC projects appear to have the greatest potential for growth in the future?

A: As we see shifting government priorities and policies, we also see doors opening and closing for ICC to help children in different areas of the world. Right now I see a great potential for ICC to grow and help more children in Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Congo. For example, in Guatemala, the government for several years did not want to place children in institutions. But we have presented our children’s villages as a more normal environment for orphaned children rather than an institution. We have empty beds at our Los Pinos children’s village, and now government authorities are asking us to take in more children. Just in the last few months, thanks to the generous support of donors, we have welcomed in 18 children to their new homes in Los Pinos. Of course, whether we can grow also depends largely on finances.

Q: What are some exciting things happening in the lives of ICC children?

A: I love to see the happy faces of children who have recently come to live in an ICC children’s village. They often talk about how much they appreciate having enough food and clothing and the opportunity to go to school. It’s amazing to hear little kids talking like that! Of course, it takes time for them to completely adjust to their new home, and they always have a hurt in their little hearts, but we introduce them to their heavenly Father and point them to a future that has hope beyond the hurts of this world.

From Beggar to Professor — Thanks to YOU!

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

“I never ate fresh food on a clean plate”

That is what Timothy said on his way to the Sweet Home Children’s Village in India. But today Timothy is teaching as a college professor — thanks to your support!

A photo of Timothy

This is Timothy. His life in India began as a street beggar, but now he is a college professor because of your support.

Timothy’s story is an amazing example of how you can dramatically change the life of a child. It also demonstrates how education plays a vital role in preparing a young person to lead a productive life. We’ve told you about Timothy before. We’d like to give another update, because he continues to demonstrate that your investment in him has been well worth it!

As you may recall, Timothy was a beggar at a railway station in India. One day a pastor from the Flaiz School was waiting for his train. Timothy was standing next to him, and the pastor noticed his poor condition. He told Timothy about the ICC Sweet Home Children’s Village where children get food, clothes and an education. He asked Timothy if he would like to go to this home. At first, Timothy refused. but when he saw the train approaching, he picked up the pastor’s brief case and said; “Sir, that is our train, let us go.”

The next morning when Timothy arrived at the Sweet Home children’s village, the staff welcomed him warmly. They quickly found out he didn’t know his last name, the names of his parents or the name of the village where his parents lived. He could not remember anything about his family. He had lived on the railway station platform since the death of his parents. Your donations make it possible for Sweet Home to be a safe haven for children like Timothy.

Timothy grew up at Sweet Home. He attended elementary and high school at the Flaiz Adventist School. After his high school graduation, Timothy studied Theology at Spicer Memorial College (now called Spicer Adventist University). He received a Bachelor’s Degree in 2014 and successfully completed a Master’s Degree in 2016.

Recently Timothy returned “home” and joined the Flaiz College as a teacher in the Theology Department. He is now “paying forward” the support you gave to him by teaching at the same school where he was a student. Timothy is recognized as a good teacher and a talented preacher.
Your support made possible a great transformation in Timothy’s life. He is grateful for the prayers and financial support of his sponsors. Tim is an example of how your investment in ICC’s children is paying a wonderful return as they pay forward the blessing in lives of service. Thank you!

One Donor’s Experience of Sacrifice and Blessing

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

The following is a letter sent by a donor who shares an experience of sacrifice and blessing. The donor wishes to remain anonymous.

“We all know that the work of professional people in North America significantly impacts our lives. But a professional in Africa has the potential for far greater influence, and not just in the church, but also for their community and country.

Although a university education in an African country is not as expensive as in North America, it is not cheap. Most four-year courses of study range from $5,000 to $10,000, but some are as much as $14,000.

“After thinking and praying about this, I felt I could not sponsor a university student because I am nearing retirement and am not wealthy. Instead, I chose to fund an ICC student’s secondary education. But the Spirit of God continued to strive with my concerns about my financial future and I felt convicted to trust in His care.

Through a series of providential events, the secondary student that I sponsored began his studies in medicine, and I provided funding for his first year, thanking God for the opportunity, and planning to continue that support until he graduated.

“However, my employment circumstances did change—I was involuntarily “retired” and given a severance allowance. After seeking God’s guidance, I decided to trust Him with my financial future and was convicted to do more, so I provided two more years of support for my sponsored student out of my severance.

Will God provide for the student that I have sponsored? He has so far. Will he continue to provide for my family and me? This is a matter that I continue to bring to God in prayer. I am asking God to enable me to continue to be a source of blessing for my sponsored student and am working to cooperate with Him in any way that opens for me and by actively seeking new employment.

“I am determined to do more, but so far my current situation prevents me. Still, I believe that there are others who would stand in this breach that my personal circumstances have created. Would you ask ICC supporters to consider sponsoring a university student for one year, half a year or even just part of a year?

Every bit makes a difference, so I am praying hard that God will convict other hearts—as He has mine—because I am convinced every ICC student that is sponsored will be a power for good to the honor and glory of God.”

For His Kids,
Anonymous

Please remember that this is a great time to take advantage of supporting the education needs of the children. From now until October 15, your donation will be doubled — up to $30,000! Thank you for your support of “His Kids.”

Matching Grant Opportunity!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Double your gift to Help Educate ICC Children!

We have some exciting news to share with you! One of ICC’s dedicated supporters is offering an opportunity to double your gift and help provide education for the children of ICC. Any donation you give toward the “ICC Education Fund,” until October 15, will be matched up to $30,000!

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You can help ensure children in India, Guatemala, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Romania and the DR Congo have the schooling, teachers, books, and supplies they need. What a wonderful opportunity this is, and on behalf of the children, we hope that you’ll take advantage of it by sending a gift today.

Photo of a young boy writing on a slate at the Patmos Children's Village school.

Education is vital to our children!

Education is critical for a child who has been orphaned. Education provides a pathway out of poverty. In most cases, the children are provided an Adventist education where they learn not only about the world around them, but also about Jesus, their Savior!

Even in developing countries it’s costly providing an Adventist education. However, in light of eternity, the impact can be priceless! And now that your gift will be matched, any gift you give until October 15 will become a DOUBLE BLESSING!

Your gift will be a huge blessing in the DR Congo, one of the countries where we struggle to find enough money to send all of the children to school. You may recall that several years ago we took in over 170 children — all at once!

Photo of Sara from the Patmos Children's Village

Sara needs your help!

One child who will benefit from your doubled gift is Sara who was orphaned by war. Before she came to ICC she ate just once a day or a few times a week. Sara was often hungry and wandered in search of something to eat. No one bothered to wash Sara or wash her clothes. She was insecure and had a lot of physical and psychological pain. Recounting her experience, Sara said that she kept wondering, “Where is my mother?” But she never found any answer.

Sara was eventually brought to the Patmos Children’s Village on Idjwi Island where — thanks to the generosity of donors like you — she was given a new family who loved and provided for her. She was also given the opportunity to attend school. She is learning about Jesus and many other things.

Sara is making progress toward becoming a successful young woman but she still needs your help to experience the “finishing touch.” You can do so much with a gift today, especially since your gift will be doubled! It’s a great time to support Sara.

Thank-you for all you do for these children. May God bless you!

Your Support Is Having A Positive Effect

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

El Salvador — Hogar Escuela Adventista (HEA)

Your support is having a positive effect on the lives of the older children in El Salvador. Because of you, kids like Abel, Miriam, and Daniel are pursuing a university education. You would be pleased to know that these kids are doing well and getting good grades. They are taking full advantage of this opportunity you are providing them. And they are grateful.

A photo of Anita at her graduation from the School of Nutrition at Linda Vista University.

Anita at her graduation from the School of Nutrition at the Linda Vista University in Mexico.

Anita is one of our older girls from El Salvador. She recently completed a degree in nutrition at Linda Vista, an Adventist University in Mexico. When she was only two years old, Anita and her three siblings were brought to HEA by the police. The children’s mother had complex problems of her own and couldn’t provide the care the children needed.

At HEA, Anita found a safe haven and flourished in the loving care she received. You can see the impact your support has had in her life especially when compared to the time when Anita first arrived. Thank you for what you’ve done for Anita and other children like her.

Congo Update — Spring/Summer 2014

Friday, June 27th, 2014

150 children
8 University / Vocational Students
8 homes / 11 families

A photo of ICC’s Patmos Children’s Village with Lake Kivu in the background

Project Contact
Communication is very difficult between this project and the outside world. Even when ICC’s children’s services personnel try to call, their conversations are often cut short due to poor phone communication and internet connections. It is difficult to discuss all topics from either end.

Email communication is challenging when working through issues. There is nothing like sitting face-to-face. Rick and Sharon Fleck plan to take a trip to Congo later this year. If they can’t go into Congo for some reason, they will meet with the key personnel in Rwanda for a week.

Project Staff
The project has a new children’s service director. She seems to be doing a great job. The progress reports indicate that the children have experienced many positive changes. This could also be partially due to the presence of a psychologist who is working with the children’s services director.

Education
The children are growing up. A majority of them are in secondary school which has caused an increase in the education costs. They have a European style of education where students start specializing in the areas that they will be studying in university. This project is not able to offer all the different streams of study at the campus school, so some of the students have to go to other schools to continue their education. Funding for education is one of the greatest needs at this project.

Desire, the project administrator is encouraging the students to study for different specialties so that eventually they will be able to help our program with their education. They may also be able to help in an area that will provide funds for the project. It is a wonderful concept.

A photo of the secondary school at ICC’s Patmos Children’s Village with Lake Kivu in the background

Construction and Development
Construction continues on the secondary school. An additional amount of about $22,000 (€16,176) is needed to complete this important project.

Work continues on completing house #9 so that the new children will have a home to live in.

The Patmos children’s village also is in need of staff housing. Current facilities are not adequate or appropriate to for administrative and support staff.

Doug Congleton and Joel Reyes placing the special message that was included with the container ICC shipped to the Patmos Children’s Village

Container
In February, ICC US sent a container of much needed supplies. As of the end of June, 2014, it had arrived in Rwanda is the process of getting it out of customs is underway.

A Letter From ICAP

Friday, August 30th, 2013

ICC’s presence in Guatemala includes not only the Los Pinos Children’s village but also the ICAP secondary school. This school has expanded and developed into a wonderful institution that benefits ICC children those from the region.

We recently received the following update from Dr. Alejandro D’Oleo who is ICC’s Director of Education.

My dear brethren and friends,

May the peace of God be with you today and always.

This is to inform you about the latest news about ICAP. I’m pleased to inform you that God has performed a great miracle for ICAP. The Nursing Degree program was approved to start in 2014 with the support of San Carlos University, even though not all of the documentation has been completed that we are working on. Also, we are working on starting to offer as of 2014 a few other degrees which were approved by the MINEDUC (Ministry of Education).

Our school had a good showing in its participation in the Science Olympics, obtaining first prize in biology. They also participated for the first time in an academic activity carried out by the Guatemala Adventist Union at a national level, and they managed to get second place with a very small margin – they almost got first place. In another area, our band has been representing ICAP in several events. Right now they are participating in an activity for bands in the capital city of Guatemala, and they are preparing to participate in the civic activities which will soon take place in this department (province).

However, sadly, not all the news is good. The day after we got the good news regarding approval of the nursing program, two of our graduating students who had just completed their social service work were returning to ICAP by motorcycle, and they had an accident near the Blue Lagoon (on the road from Poptun). One perished in the accident, and the other is in delicate but stable condition in the hospital. This situation has created a very sad atmosphere at ICAP, especially because the young man who died is from the Miranda family who have been a big support to the institution.

Please, I ask for your prayers for ICAP. The enemy is working against our institution. Every year around graduation we have had accidents that bring pain to the ICAP families. However, we have nothing to fear of the future than that we forget the way God has led ICAP in the past.

Thanks very much for your prayers.

Sincerely,

Alejandro D’Oleo
ICC Director of Education and supervisor of ICAP

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.

Teddy Bears Help ICC Kids Get To Sleep

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

We received this note from Ronny Van Dessel of ICC Belgium telling us of a rather unique donation for the children of ICC.

Recently, ICC Belgium was contacted by Mrs. Sabrina Polakoff, who wanted to donate to us 100 ‘Lulabie Teddy Bears’.

The Lulabie Bears are the first ever long-lasting, scented, sleep-well, aromatherapy teddy bears for babies and young children designed to aid in a good nights sleep.

Sabrina Polakoff and Ronny Van Dessel hold a Saffie teddy bear

Sabrina Polakoff and Ronny Van Dessel (left and right respectively) hold one of the “Saffie” bears from The Lulabie Bears collection. The teddy bears were donated by Mrs. Polakoff to ICC Belgium.

The Lulabie Bears come in four different colors. Each of the bears also has a name with an educational meaning. The beige bear is named ‘Rubie’ and stands for respect, the pink bear is named ‘Rhodie’ and stands for love & education, the blue bear is named ‘Saffie’ and stands for energy and the brown bear is named ‘Selie’ and stands for everything that has to do with nature.

We also received a very nice surprise when arrangements were made to pick up the bears in Antwerp. Because another organization wasn’t able to accept their donation of bears, ICC Belgium received not 100 bears, but 200 bears!

ICC Belgium is very happy that 200 ICC children, or possibly children who are living near our projects, can be made happy with these beautiful ‘Lulabie Teddy Bears’.

Ronny Van Dessel
ICC Belgium

ICC Students Win Olympiad

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

On September 30, students from ICAP, ICC’s boarding academy in Guatemala, placed first in the Guatemalan National Agronomy Science Olympics. The event was held at the Adolfo V. Hall Institute in the city of Retalhuleu.

This nation-wide contest is conducted by Guatemala’s National School of Agriculture and involved the participation of fourteen secondary schools from throughout Guatemala which offer agricultural and forestry programs.

Image of the official poster of the Olimpiada de las Cienceas Agronomicas 2011

Official Poster of the Olimpiada de las Cienceas Agronomicas 2011

Our students from ICAP scored a total of twelve points during the competition and judging. They received one gold medal, four silver medals and a bronze medal. Their score placed our students first among all the participating schools. Congratulations to our ICAP agricultural students for their first-place finish in the first annual National Agronomy Science Olympics.

Our students accomplishments in this competition are further evidence of why ICC places such a high value on the Christian education our children receive at each one of our projects. It is through their education that our kids learn the value of both the individual and team effort it takes to achieve success and become a positive contributor within their culture.

Thank you for all you do for “His Kids” that helps to provide not just an education for our children but a home, a family and a second chance at the life our kids truly deserve.

Thanks for reading!

Ken Wilson
Media Director ICC