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News & Updates From The Children’s Villages

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

“Your support has helped kids and orphans all over the world be safe, be fed, and introduced to our loving Savior!”

Los Pinos, Guatemala
Because of YOU, 20 new children are at Los Pinos! Two of the homes have been remodeled for new children. They are having their own “NEW BEGINNING.”

New children provide a blessing for everyone. All the children are blessed as the family supports the new kids with love and encouragement.

Eight children graduated from ICAP’s secondary school. Griselda, one of our older girls, recently received a university degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

Griselda grew up at Los Pinos. Her university degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry is a first for Los Pinos.

Griselda grew up at Los Pinos. Her university degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry is a first for Los Pinos.

Las Palmas, Dominican Republic
Thanks to YOUR support, 27 new children have come to Las Palmas during the past 15 months. Fabia is one of those kids who was rescued, along with her siblings, from an unsafe family situation.

Your support is securing the future of Las Palmas so it can help more children.

El Oasis, Mexico
Thanks to your support, there are over 20 children — many who are orphans or have been homeless — who now are part of the ICC El Oasis family.

Work is completed on meeting new government requirements. This will give us the possibility to help more kids!

We’re being asked to take in additional children right away. We can’t move forward without YOUR continued support.

Fuente de Vida, Nicaragua
Because of YOU, Alegria recently graduated from 6th grade. All the children enjoyed a special meal in celebration.

Government policies are making the future of this project uncertain.Please pray for the children and staff.

When you support children like Alegria, you enable them to reach important milestones in their education.

When you support children like Alegria, you enable them to reach important milestones in their education.

When you support children like Alegria, you enable them to reach important milestones in their education.

Patmos, Idjwi Island, D.R. Congo
Patmos Children’s Village is ICC’s largest project. Donors like YOU have faithfully supported needed improvements bringing hydro-electric power to the campus and constructing the secondary school.

The director of Patmos, Désiré, recently sent this message; “Insecurity lingers in the country. We face extreme difficulties to get food for the children.”

Please keep the children and staff of this project in your prayers.

DEWS Sweet Home, India
India is one of ICC’s projects where children are experiencing NEW BEGINNINGS — thanks to you. Four new children have been welcomed into the DEWS Sweet home children’s village.

Eight-year-old Mita is one of the new children. Both of Mita’s parents died and other family members were unable to care for her.

The DEWS Sweet Home celebrated its 20-year anniversary In October. The event also celebrated the life and contribution of Lilly Kaligithi who is retiring. Her daughter Susan is taking her place.

For many years, YOU have helped Lilly do amazing things for the children of SWEET HOME. Children both former and current surrounded Lilly celebrating the anniversary and the life of someone they had grown to love and cherish as a mother and a mentor.

Thanks to your support, Mita has been given a NEW BEGINNING!

Thanks to your support, Mita has been given a NEW BEGINNING!

ICC Romania
YOUR support enables six kids to attend the Adventist boarding high school in Bucharest. Attending this school is a powerful opportunity the children would not have had without your support.

Government authorities are making it difficult for us to continue this project. While the future of this project is uncertain, the children are much better off because of the support you’ve given!

Presidents Message For 2017

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

As a New Year begins, we’ve all been given the renewed opportunity to experience a NEW BEGINNING. During the past several months YOUR support has helped create dozens of NEW BEGINNINGS for children who have been orphaned, abandoned or neglected.

I’ve shared with you the stories of children who have lived with aching bellies because of malnutrition, or who have experienced abuse and neglect at the hands of family members.

You’ve helped rescue these kids through your generous support! Because of you, they’ve been welcomed into one of our children’s homes. They now have nourishing food and a warm place to sleep. They have Adventist house parents who treat them kindly and tell them about their Heavenly Father who loves them very much.

I say it often, but it bears repeating. This ministry for children exists because of donors like YOU! There would not be a warm welcome nor would there be a NEW BEGINNING — if it were not for YOU! On behalf of the children, thank you very much for your continued care and support!

As we turn the page of yet another year, I invite you to remember the children’s projects that YOU have supported with generous gifts and prayers.

Next week we’ll bring you news of our Children’s Villages around the world.

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.

Heavy Rain, Floods, and Volcanoes In Nicaragua

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Editor’s Note: We recently received information about some difficulties our project in Nicaragua is experiencing. The following is an excerpt from a message received from Felix, the project director. Please keep this project and those affected in your prayers. Thank you.

“I wanted to let you know that during the last week the Atlantic zone and the center of the country have been hit hard by intense rain so extreme that some houses have been destroyed and here in the ocean zone, the tides have been so high that they damaged part of the hotel of the Canadian friend. One day he had to transfer all the guests to Chinandega because the waves were enormous.

“The lot that we have farther up from there, in spite of being back farther from the ocean, also suffered damage, especially with the fence and the trees. This next week we will try to repair it.

“This week the church is collecting food and clothes to take or send through the emergency committee. We are helping them with the coordination. After the earthquake we had in this zone, we have had tremors almost daily, some of which are quite strong.

“The predictions aren’t comforting. A week ago they told us there is a volcano starting up in the north part of San Cristobal, but they don’t want to alarm the people. I talked with a friend who is in the Civil Defense, and he confirmed this. But they don’t want to cause fear—it might be something really serious or it might not be.

“We keep putting our trust in our Creator and doing what is within our power in order to have enough dry food stored and some canned food. We have prepared a package for each child with the basics in case of an emergency. Now when the budget of the month comes we will renew the pantries and will equip each vehicle with first aid kits. It’s better to be prepared.”

Fuente de Vida Protected from Earthquake

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Here is an excerpt from a project update sent to us by Felix, director of the Fuente de Vida children’s village in Nicaragua.

“… [W]e had an earthquake with the epicenter nearly in front of the Hogar along the Jiquilillo Coast. It was stronger than the one in 1972 in Managua [It was 7.4], but because it was at sea and very deep, it didn’t cause major damage.

The view from Fuente de Vida looking west towards the Pacific Ocean where the earthquake occured

The view from Fuente de Vida looking west towards the region of the Pacific Ocean where the earthquake occurred

“They say the shaking was terrible, and I say ‘they say’ because in the homes at the Hogar it wasn’t felt very much. We are on the rock and they have good foundations. Most of the kids didn’t even wake up.

“It was at 9:50 at night, but in a few minutes the neighbors were calling to see how we were. They called us from Costa Rica worried because it was felt in all of Central America, Belize and Mexico. In El Viejo and Chinandega some houses collapsed.

“Things have gotten worse with the torrential rains which are falling which have made the situation even worse. We are very well. God gave us a perfect place to live and we haven’t had any effect—just some delays with the work because of all the rain, after being in a drought.

Rain storm at the Fuente de Vida Children’s Village in Nicaragua

Rain storm at the Fuente de Vida Children’s Village in Nicaragua

“We praise God for his leading in establishing this children’s village on the Rock. It has proven many times to be an ideal location for the children. Thank-you for all you continue to do for ‘His kids.’”

Wind Destroys Plantains and Roofs At Our ICC Nicaragua Project

Friday, March 8th, 2013

[March 7 2013] We received an email from Felix Almendares, our project administrator for our children’s village in Nicaragua. He describes the results of a weather event in the region surrounding our project which involved very strong winds.

Damaged Plantain Trees at ICC Nicaragua

Plantains trees damaged by strong winds at our children’s village in Nicaragua

“Rick, I wanted to let you know that last Sunday [March 3rd] we woke up to very strong gusts of wind. [The wind] caused damage to some neighboring houses and at the children’s village. The most damage was to our plantains, of which 90% of the adult trees were destroyed.

The winds also damaged the rancho which covered the watering trough where the cattle drink. Some trees were felled as well. Well, we have come out of worse, and with God’s help we hope to recover soon.”

Water Trough Roof Damaged By Winds

The roof of the water trough that waters our cattle at our project in Nicaragua was also brought down by the winds

In a later phone conversation Felix related how they sold as much of the fruit from the damaged plantain trees as they could while the families ate as much as they were able. They are rebuilding the plantain plantation with the shoots that had grown beside the adult trees.

Agriculture—Reaping the Benefits

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

The agriculture programs at ICC’s children’s villages are busy with activity this summer. One such program is at the Fountain of Life Children’s Village. Recently we received an update about their first harvest of plantains. Felix, the project director, reports that “In one month we’ll be harvesting continuously, and we’ll be able to sell some of the harvest—not in great quantity, but we will no longer be buying and we’ll start getting some income.”

Plantains that are part of the first harvest from our farm at the Fuente de Vida Children's Village in Nicaragua

The First of the First. The first plantains to be harvested at the ICC Nicaragua farm.

Agriculture is such a vital part of our ICC children’s villages. It benefits the children in so many positive ways by providing a balanced diet, practical work experience, and income from the sale of extra produce. However, there are subtle benefits as well.

This child from the Fuente de Vida Children's Village in Nicaragua helps to harvest a bunch of plantains almost as big as he is!

This child from the Fuente de Vida Children's Village in Nicaragua helps to harvest a bunch of plantains almost as big as he is!

Imagine a young child being rescued from life on the streets. He has no concept of the safety and security of a home and family, and begging food may be how he survives. Now, place that same child in an ICC village and give him love, security and nutritious meals.

Take him to the garden and patiently teach him about the ways of plants. Let him prepare the soil for planting, sow seeds, and wait expectantly for sunshine and rain. Watch him search day-by-day for the first tiny leaf to poke through the soil. Help him care for the tender plant and harvest the first fruits of diligent labor.

Then teach him about his Heavenly Father who loves and cares for him and who has a plan for him to grow and develop and bear fruit. With such therapy, an orphan child cannot help but gain a positive sense of belonging. And when that occurs, the orphan is no longer really an orphan and can grow to his or her full potential just like a well cared for plant in the garden.

You can see from these pictures that the plantain crop is well cared for in Nicaragua. The children have much for which to be thankful, and because you care, we are able to care. Your investment in the children’s programs of ICC enables agriculture programs like the one in Nicaragua to flourish.

On behalf of the children, thank-you for your continued support,

Kent Greve
International Development Director ICC

Happenings at ICC Nicaragua

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

[This blog post was updated on March 30th, 2011]

[UPDATE] Since this post was first published, we’ve received more information from Felix Almendarez on the progress of the farm.

Pineapple Crop “Starts”
Felix, director of the ICC children’s village in Nicaragua, recently determined that he would plant a pineapple crop.  He made a contact with a personal friend who also grows pineapples. Felix’s friend was willing to assist him.

The new pineapple grove at ICC Nicaragua's Fuente de Vida Children's Village

The new pineapple grove at ICC's Fuente de Vida Children's Village in Nicaragua

They went into the friend’s field and began digging up starts from beside mature plants.  After awhile it appeared that they had collected about 500 plants. Felix’s friend was selling the starts for 1 Cordova (about 5 cents) each, so Felix decided he wanted a few more. After leaving the field, Felix thought he had about 700.  However, it turned out that there were more than 900 when the planting was done in the ICC garden.

Felix was so excited about having this new pineapple crop that he decided to get some more.  When he went back to his friend’s field he got another 1,000 starts.  In all, nearly 2,000 plants are now flourishing in the ICC Nicaragua garden, and Felix only spent about $100.  Since many of the starts were pretty mature to begin with, they will start to produce in about 9 months.

Farm House Completed
A group from Canada who have been friends of our project for many years came to Nicaragua to do some other projects. They stopped by to see Felix and Angelica and asked them what they could do to help. Felix told them about the need to get the farm house finished – floor, doors and windows – so that someone could live in it and take care of the farm. These friends provided all the funds to do that. Now Felix has hired an Adventist couple to take care of the farm and live in that house.

The new farm house at the Fuente de Vida Children's Village in Nicaragua

The new farm house at ICC's Fuente de Vida Children's Village

Canadian Group Adds Beauty to the Children’s Homes
Three of the members of the Canadian group stayed for a few days and planted flower gardens around the homes. We appreciate their help very much.

Flowers planted outside house four of ICC's Fuente de Vida Children's Village in Nicaraga

Flowers newly planted at House Four of ICC's Fuente de Vida Children's Village

[UPDATE] Felix Almendarez, the administrator of our ICC Nicaragua campus, today was telling us that they have really been blessed with good crops on this land. He is amazed at the production and the size of the vegetables. They have cucumbers, zucchini, corn, tomatoes and other things.

Felix with cucumbers grown on the farm at our ICC Nicaragua campus.

Felix with cucumbers grown on the farm at our ICC Nicaragua campus.

A closeup of the cucumbers grown on our ICC Nicaragua campus

A closeup of the cucumbers grown on our ICC Nicaragua campus

Thanks for reading!

Kent Greve
International Development Director ICC

A Small Note at the end of 2010

Friday, January 14th, 2011

We are coming to the end of 2010, which was at the same time the first year of our new Village, and a year in which, with God’s help, we have been able to achieve many advances in getting the new campus in shape so that the kids each day feel better, more comfortable and really at home. In spite of the fact that we had to go through a time of adaptation, the academic achievement of our kids was excellent with 100% passing their grade, and several kids had outstanding grades.

Although we have had many achievements, it was also a very difficult year, especially because of the different tragedies that affected the world—and our country was not spared. In the months of August, September and part of October, rains devastated many areas of the country, especially the Pacific coastal area where we are located.

Many families had to evacuate because of flooding in the area after a long dry season which had also affected them adversely. These families, who are mostly farmers, not only had to leave their homes but also lost all their crops that they had cultivated, and that represented their entire livelihood.

Providing relief packages to local flood victims

ICC Nicaragua delivers relief packages to flood victims

We couldn’t just stand by with our arms crossed in view of such disaster, so we took them some clothes, sheets, and we shared some of our corn crop. Also we gave them some of the milk from our cows. Our farm, thanks to the excellent location that we have, was not damaged by the rains. Two days before Christmas, with funds donated from ICC sponsors who wanted to support our effort, we were able to prepare 70 packets of food that we gave out to poor families who had been affected by the flooding. This brought great joy to these families.

Children from ICC Nicaragua deliver relief packages to flood victims

Children from ICC Nicaragua deliver relief packages to flood victims

As we do each year, we had a Christmas dinner with members of our board, staff and friends who support the children’s village. Also this year our kids gave a little gift to the people who clean the streets and pick up the garbage in our town, El Viejo. This allowed us to take a bit of cheer to other children as we shared our blessings with them.

Local supporters of ICC Nicaragua enjoy Christmas dinner at one of the homes on the Fuente de Vida Children's Village campus

Local supporters of ICC Nicaragua enjoy Christmas dinner 2010 at one of the homes on the Fuente de Vida Children's Village campus.

Christmas was a little different this year, with bigger arrangements, since we had more room. The kids enjoyed the space to play in nature, thanks to the beautiful home that our Creator has given us.

Children from ICC Nicaragua enjoy Christmas dinner 2010

Children from ICC Nicaragua enjoy Christmas dinner 2010

During 2010 we were able to feel the marvelous hand of God caring for us, providing for us and showing us the way during difficult times. We are sure that in this New Year He will again be our great Helper, as it says in Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” NIV

May God bless you and may the presence of our Creator be in each ICC program and in the hearts of all those who allow God to use them in this marvelous work of caring for the most needy.

Félix Almendarez
Administrador ICC Nicaragua

God’s Providential Leading in Nicaragua

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

In the early days of ICC’s work in Nicaragua with orphan children we worked hard to find land for a children’s village. We evaluated several properties in the country and finally decided on one that seemed to be the best.

The sale was going through just fine, and we received some funding to purchase the land. We felt that God was leading, and excitement started to build at the prospects of being able to provide permanent homes for ICC children in Nicaragua.

Then, all of sudden, the process hit a snag. The sellers decided they no longer wanted to give up their land. It was difficult for the ICC family in Nicaragua to comprehend this. We sensed that God had lead to this particular piece of property. We all wondered why things were taking a different turn.

Felix Almendarez, ICC Nicaragua’s director, continued the search until another piece of land was found. Everything about it seemed to suggest that God certainly was in control. We felt that He had blessed by stopping the process of purchasing the initial property.

A photograph of ICC's land in Nicaragua

The land where our ICC Nicaragua children's village is located.

Once ICC purchased the land, work began on preparing the site for a children’s village. Felix constructed roads, the children helped plant gardens, and most recently we completed four children’s homes. In December of 2009, the children moved into their new homes with great rejoicing.

It wasn’t too long ago that God revealed once more why the present location is wonderfully situated for a children’s village. Flooding devastated much of the surrounding area when heavy rains associated with tropical storm Matthew passed through Nicaragua.

However, the property where the children’s village is located drains well and varies in elevation. The crops remained unharmed and the dairy herd didn’t suffer any loss. This was a blessing for ICC in the midst of such chaos and ruin.

Felix happened to pass by the property that ICC initially tried to purchase. The flooding that occurred at that location astounded him. Water covered much of the land. The damage would have been horrific if ICC had purchased that land and built a children’s village.

We praise God for His providential leading in the location of ICC’s children’s village in Nicaragua. Though it was difficult to fully understand His ways during the long months of waiting, it is now clearly seen that He knew what was best all along.

Thanks for reading!

Kent Greve
International Development Director ICC