Gloucester Daily Times
---- — To the editor:
I wanted to take a moment to thank the people of Cape Ann for their support for Friends of the Orphans.
Every year, there is a growing number of people in the community who are discovering the great work that Friends of the Orphans does on behalf of the children of Central and Latin America.
The money raised by Friends of the Orphans goes to nine orphanages where children have been accepted into a new home. No child is given up for adoption. They are taught a trade or get a thorough education to become contributing member of their society. If that weren’t enough, the organization runs the only children’s hospital in Haiti.
To put things in perspective, there are an estimated 40 million orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America and the Caribbean alone. Our organization works in nine countries – Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.
We do not place children for adoption. Instead we create families for life through values of unconditional love, sharing, responsibility and education. This enables our children to grow into independent, caring and productive members of their communities.
Since its founding in 1954, NPH has assisted more than 17,000 children and is currently raising more than 3,400 boys and girls. An additional 2,100 students who live outside the homes receive scholarships, meals and health care. Over 90,000 people are assisted through outreach programs each year.
Through grassroots efforts, many families are learning about Friends of the Orphans.
Last weekend, a group of Cape Ann high schoolers sponsored a “fun run” in Manchester raising over $4,000 for the orphans of Latin America. Thank you to all the families that contributed and participated. If you were unable to participate, you can still help.
The organization is asking people to get 12 friends to give 12 dollars on 12-12-12. Please help. Check out the website at www.friendsoftheorphans.org . Thanks again.
DR. BRIAN ORR
Chairman of the Board
Friends of the Orphans/Mass. New England region