Nov 4, 2015 • 24M

#321: Mission for Orphans Targets $30,000 for New Girls Home

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Some of the world's great changemakers join host Devin Thorpe to share leadership lessons you can use to increase your impact.
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October 29, 2015 - Read the full GoodCrowdinfo article and watch the interview here: Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes by clicking here: or on Stitcher by clicking here: Have you ever seen something truly tragic and thought as you passed by, perhaps leaving a few dollars, “someone should really do something”? Gene and Arlene Rumley had an experience like that while visiting India and decided not to just leave a few dollars, but instead to really do something. Gene explains what they saw. “It is estimated that there are 15-20 million orphans in India. Girls, especially, are considered almost worthless, especially the ones living in extreme poverty. Thousands of children are digging in garbage dumps, abused, abandoned and prone to child trafficking. It is also estimated that there are over 300,000 street children living in Mumbai, India alone.” Gene and Arlene created Mission for Orphans to provide for the care and feeding of the orphans in India. Arlene explains, “For over the past ten years we have been raising funds to help feed, clothe and help educate the orphans and street kids, working with a family in India that we’ve known for almost 30 years. Presently, we are raising funds to complete the building of a Girl’s Home for 150 orphaned girls and a separate housing for 50 babies. We partner with Vision Rescue in India. This on the ground team works in the slums of Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai feeding, clothing, educating and offering medical support.” “We are reaching out and helping to rescue boys and girls from lives of hopelessness and despair to lives with a future filled with hope. Mission for Orphans will help transform the hearts and future dreams for desperate children that have lost both parents. The goal is to build homes where girls and boys are loved, educated, and grow up as responsible citizens through breaking the cycle of poverty and discrimination,” Arlene concludes. Right now they are crowdfunding on Indiegogo in hopes of raising enough money to build a home for girls. Please consider whether a friend or colleague might benefit from this piece and, if so, share it.