Orphan’s Tear: Striving for Self-Sufficiency
What is the best way to help "the least of these"?
That's a question we often ask ourselves as we seek to serve our spiritual family around the world. Orphan's Tear has been assisting Christian orphanages for over seven years, and during that time, we've learned that the best way we can assist them is to help them become more self-sufficient. And that is one reason why we've developed several special funds within our Orphan's Tear division.
Recently, we combined two special funds that had been helping to meet larger financial needs, namely the Dormitories for Orphanages Fund and the Rice Fields for Orphanages Fund, into the Orphan's Tear Self-Sufficiency Fund. Both of these special funds have provided major stepping stones to greater self-sufficiency.
Many orphanage directors rent the buildings they use for their orphanages. Your gift of any size to our Orphan's Tear Self-Sufficiency Fund will be combined with other gifts to help provide land and/or housing for struggling orphanages.
In recent years, the price of a sack of rice in Myanmar (Burma) has increased significantly, making it more difficult for orphanage directors to provide the most basic food commodity for their children. Because of gifts to our Rice Fields for Orphanages Fund, however, we've been able to provide rice paddy acreage, as well as oxen used for plowing and threshing, for many of our sponsored orphanages. The cost for a rice field usually ranges between $5,000 and $10,000.
Your gift of any size to our Orphan's Tear Self-Sufficiency Fund will be combined with other gifts to provide as many as ten acres of land for an orphanage to grow its own rice, plus two oxen. If God has really blessed you, perhaps you can provide a rice field for an orphanage by your single gift.
Regardless of the amount, 100% of everything we receive will be sent to a needy orphanage overseas to help it become more self-sustaining.