Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Our Family Adoptions

So, I've taken on the role of the OFA ("Our Family Adoptions") manager in Bukavu for the Kaziba orphanage. This is a volunteer position and one I am SO thrilled to have as I have been praying for about 3 years now that God would lead me to a way to serve while living here. We are in the initial steps of it all right now, and it is all a bit overwhelming and confusing, but as I said, I'm thrilled, excited, humbled, and grateful! What I am most excited about is this will be a way through which funds can be raised to support the orphanage and the kids up there. Not only the 36 kids that live there, but also the 80 plus that are age 6 and older and live in foster families and need sponsorships for school fees. I am also so excited because the director, Flavian, has a wonderful compassionate heart and is really motivated by kindness and love to help these kids however he can. It is SO different than the other experience I had here with an orphanage and the director. He hopes we can do nutrition classes for the mamas there as well as development play therapy! Wow! www.ourfamilyadoptions.org

7 comments:

William said...

I thank God for you!!! We wanted SO much to adopt from Bukavu and were told that would not be possible...until YOU!!! I could never say thanks enough...you don't know how many hugs are waiting for you...

~Heidi

mary said...

Holly, I didn't realize this is your role. Thank you so much for being willing to volunteer in this way. what will be your responsibilities? Can you tell us more about how OFA is hoping to partner with Bukavu.

Holly said...

I am helping to coordinate the adoptions of two families (ours and one others) as trial cases to see if adoptions can happen in this area of Congo. It involves a lot of meetings with our lawyer, leaders, managers, pastors, and families. It also involves a lot of learning on my part me about international adoption and it's requirements. At the same time, I am visiting the orphanage as often as I can and also trying to raise money for some of their immediate needs as well as raise money for their ongoing needs. Thanks for the encouragement, Holly

mary said...

Thanks, Holly, for all you're doing to pave the way. We're praying for things to go smoothly both for your growing family and for those that will (by faith) follow. Is Heidi the other family adopting from that home? How can we designate gifts to OFA to go toward that orphanage? Can I lift text and pics from your blog to use in my blog or emails to try and raise funds? How much does a can of formula cost? What about milk? #s are always helpful in fundraising - letting folks know what their $50, $100 would do for a child (children). Our adoption costs will be covered by the US adoption tax credit, but I want to raise funds for the kids there and want to use my adoption energy to start now while we're waiting on paperwork 'cause I don't know how much free time I'll have once my boys come home!

Holly said...

Thank you for praying! No, Heidi is not the other family right now (though I hope she will be at some point). From what I've learned from Carrie, at OFA, any gifts for Kaziba would be sent to OFA and marked for "Kaziba". Yes, you can lift pictures off the blog, just not our kiddos, for privacy reasons. I have more pictures that I can email you if you are interested as well. A can of formula cost $7.50, it lasts 4 days. I 50 lb bag of powdered milk is $100. I calculated they need about $1000 of formula per month and $1500 of other food per month to support the orphanage. Feel free to email me if you would like. hmulford@gmail.com

mary said...

Holly, can i send some of my close family and friends to your blog - i.e. will you grant them access if they tell you they're friend/family of mary hoyt? feel free to say "no," i know this is really personal gut-wrenching stuff you're posting. Your blog is just the best summary I've found of the need - many of our network are supportive but still don't really get it, and I think reading your descriptions of life on the ground there would be more compelling and eye opening for them than reading general news articles, etc.

Holly said...

Sure, Mary that is no problem. It is private simply because I live here. Just email me their emails, or have them directly email me. Thanks for spreading the word about Kaziba and the other orphans in this area of the country. I tend to be a private introverted person, and even starting this blog was a big step for me. I've been encouraged how God is using it (sort of despite me) for Him. My email is hmulford@gmail.com