OrphanS of the Month for September… Angel Crafts Shop…

This is my first post to highlight 2 orphans from the Older Child Grant (Other Angels) on Reece’s Rainbow. i was scrolling through the very long list and i keep thinking, “Oh this child. Oh, this one too. What about him? Or her? …” There are just SO MANY children who are in need of loving families… sometimes it seems overwhelming…

BUT i am reminded of the Starfish Story… where the final line says, “But it made a difference to this one…”

So one at a time, i will try my best to shout out for these precious children.

Now let’s meet DEAN!

deanMy boy and i have been praying for DEAN for a couple of years now. We pray each night for a family to come for him. And now he is so near to aging out… he has just another year before he is no longer adoptable under the laws of his home country.

DEAN has lived at the institute since he was 5 years old. He is now 13. He has mental delays but now has self-management skills, including toileting and gets along well with others. He can do simple chores as well. He is shy and i believe would really bloom with the care of a loving family. He has been waiting so very long already. Please see him for the wonderful boy he is and the amazing boy he can become.

Now meet ELIJAH!

elijah-3-200x300Like DEAN, ELIJAH was also left at the institute when he was 5 years old. He is 13 years old now. 8 years ago, when he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, he was unable to walk. Through his own sheer determination, he can now walk slowly holding onto handrails. He is strong-willed, obedient and sensible. The staff at the institute adores him and hopes he get a wonderful family really soon. i know he would just thrive surrounded by a family he can call his own.

Both DEAN and ELIJAH age out in 2017. ELIJAH has only till June 2017 and DEAN till September 2017. They need families to step forward for them NOW!

Life would be very difficult for them in their home countries as adults with diabilities and there exist still a certain amount of social prejudice, which is not in their favour at all. Their hope of a full life is outside of their country. So an expensive international adoption would be the option.

Please HELP DEAN and ELIJAH by first of all, PRAYING for them. Praying for loving families to see them and step up for them. Second, SHARE their stories so more will know and more can help. Thirdly, you can help by SHOPPING at Angel Crafts Shop, where 50% of all sales goes to the group funds for them. 

DEAN and ELIJAH are eligible for a US$10,000 grant from Reece’s Rainbow, under their Older Child (Other Angels) Grant. Please click here for details of that grant.

Please click on DEAN‘s and ELIJAH‘s name and pictures to read more about them.

Thank you very much.

syc

Book Review: the 13 1/2 lives of Captain Bluebear, a novel… by Walter Moers…

Oh my goodness, i can not believe that my last book review was way back in February! Now i have been reading all these months but just really slowly because my reading time has been limited by other commitments in my life. As a result, it has taken me up to now to finish this book. To be fair, it is larger than your normal paperback and it is over 700 pages long and is such a weighty book that i don’t carry it around with me, plus i took a break of 5 weeks over the summer holidays to read something else, mainly because i could not afford the weight of the book over my travels.

So now enough whining and onto the actual book review…

51dx4krddllThis is a wonderful book! It brings a great smile to my face every time i open its pages and even now as i think about it. Yes, it is the sort of book you will remember for the rest of your life.

The front cover has a quote from the Detroit News which reads, “Moers’ creative mind is like J.K. Rowling’s on ecstasy.”

i would change it to, “Moers’ creative mind is like Douglas Adams’ on ecstasy.” Because while Rowling’s world of magic is amazing and wonderful, it is all rooted in things familiar to us. Think of Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide and turn it upside down and inside out, then i think we are close to the world in which Captain Bluebear lives in.

This world of Bluebear with his various travelling companions and friends, such as the Mini Pirates, Babbling Billows, Mac the Reptilian Rescuer, Professor Nightingale (a Nocturnomath with seven brains), Fredda the Alpine Imp who loved him, Qwerty the Gelatine Prince from the 2364th Dimension, the Muggs who roam the Demerara Desert, the Idea named 1600H, Chemluth Havanna the Tobacco Dwarf who became his best friend and many others, will grab hold of you and never let you go.

Bluebear has lived on a pirate ship, on an island where he had to give a nightly performance of crying, on another island which fed you in order to fatten you up and eventually ate you, in the Gloomberg Mountains, in the Great Forest, fallen through a Dimensional Hiatus, in the Demerara Desert, in a tornado and in Atlantis where he made a living as the Champion of Lies! How could you not want to know more?

Bluebear faces lots of different “enemies” such as Hobgoblins, Gourmet Island, a Bollogg, a Troglotroll, a Spiderwitch and even a powerful element called Zamonium.

And the amazing thing for me is that all these experiences and all these characters eventually come together in the final part and it is a great battle to the end.

There are many more weird and wonderful characters, and strange places and things… but i think i have said enough to make you want to go discover them for yourself.

So go get this book and read it. Remember to leave your logic and disbelief outside the door as you enter into the many lives of Captain Bluebear.

Happy Reading!

syc

OrphanS of the Month for September and October… Angel Crafts Shop…

So it has been 2 months since i last wrote about my Orphan of the Month. If you remember at the beginning of July, i said that July and August would be the last month we have to contribute to DENNY‘s adoption grant because he will be moved to the Older Boys Grant section on Reece’s Rainbow. See this post.

Well, in July and August, there was, again, no sales; which means i have not been able to contribute to DENNY‘s grant.😦

Now i have been thinking hard about the direction i should go with Angel Crafts Shop. i do still want to continue with the shop and i do still want to continue contributing to the orphans advocated for via Reece’s Rainbow.

BUT… since running the shop and my other responsibilities take up so much of my time, my actual advocacy efforts (i.e. highlighting individual orphans so they get seen) have taken a backseat. Not what i wanted, really.

Now my heart is for orphans, and especially for special needs orphans, and even more specifically for older (6 years and up) special needs orphans, because they are usually the last to be seen.

So looking at the situation, i have decided that i will not be having an Orphan of the Month anymore! INSTEAD, Angel Crafts Shop will be giving 50% of all sales to the Older Child Grant (10+ years old) at Reece’s Rainbow. AND i will be highlighting 2 orphans every month from that list. So in a way, there will still be orphan of the month, just highlighting 2 of them (now it will be called OrphanS of the Month) and fundraising for the whole group of them.

orphansofthemonth20160904Giving will be split between Older Child Grant for Other Angels (other special needs) and Older Child Grant for Down Syndrome; September, October, January, February and March for Older Child Grant for Other Angels; April, May, June, July, August for Older Child Grant for Down Syndrome. November and December will be reserved for the child i get assigned to for the special Christmas fundraising event, Angel Tree. Please click on the respective grant titles to see details as well as a list of all the children on it.

In this way, i am able to keep on giving and also get back to active advocacy for individuals, and also not be overstressed if i don’t have sales for a couple of months, i know i have 5 months to try and raise some money for each group of older children.

So this month kicks off my fundraising efforts for the Older Child Grant for Other Angels!

i have also been thinking about the direction of Angel Crafts Shop itself; in terms of what crafts i would be making for sale. So stay tuned for news on that front because there will be big sales to sell off current stock and then launching of new stock in the new year!

In the meantime, keep shopping at Angel Crafts Shop so that you can help to grow these children’s adoption grants, which gives the family who steps up for any of them a better chance of reaching them before they age out of the system.

Thank you very much for your continued support!

syc