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Please Support the Angria Home-Based Care Organization of Kenya!

Posted by worldorphanrelief on May 24, 2011

The Staff of Angria Home Based Care Organization

The Fishermen would like to introduce the Angria Home-Based Care Organization of  Kisumu, Kenya.  We have spent a great deal of time getting to know Alfred Onyango Nyakwaka, the director of Angria, and can confirm that his organization is a very worthy cause.  Angria, located in the Nyanza province of Kenya, focuses most of its attention on HIV/AIDS education and prevention.  According to – a charity focused on the HIV/AIDS problem in southern Africa – an estimated 1.5 million people are living with HIV; around 1.2 million children have been orphaned by AIDS; and in 2009 80,000 people died from AIDS related illnesses.  Please examine the Angria Based Facebook page and donate what you are able – your assistance will help save the lives of many people in Kenya.

Further Contact Information:

Angria Home Based Care Org.

P.O. Box 4030-40100

Kisumu, Kenya

Phone:  254-710-681467



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We Thank Natalie Reeves for Representing The Fishermen in Ireland!

Posted by worldorphanrelief on May 24, 2011

Natalie Reeves

Natalie Reeves communicated with UNICEF Dublin early this morning to discuss child orphan issues and found the staff to be both friendly and very helpful.  After an informative discussion she was directed to the Ombudsman for Children (, which oversees the well-being of all Irish children, and will attempt to schedule a meeting with their staff on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.  We thank Natalie for representing The Fishermen and for her effort to provide care for the orphaned children of Ireland!

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Natalie Reeves to Visit UNICEF Ireland

Posted by worldorphanrelief on May 22, 2011

Natalie Reeves, representative for The Fishermen

Natalie Reeves, our celebrity representative, will be visiting the Dublin office of UNICEF on Monday, May 23, 2011, in order to introduce our organization, discuss statistical data regarding the orphaned children of Ireland, and to offer medical supplies to orphanages in need.  This will be an informal visit, but one which will strengthen relations and help solidify cooperation between UNICEF and The Fishermen, two organizations which share the same essential mission – to improve the lives of children around the world.

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Fundraising Event for the Refugees!

Posted by worldorphanrelief on May 15, 2011

Asher Gannon, our Verification Specialist and resident artist

The Fishermen is in its preliminary stages of preparing a fund raising event to help the refugees under the care of Saint Raphael Catholic Church of Raleigh, NC.  With the help of Asher Gannon, we hope to have a live band and will also hold a silent auction featuring the work of many local artists.  We plan to announce an exact date for our fundraiser by mid-June and wish to hold the event in late July or early August.  If you wish to contribute please contact us for details.

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Thank You for Your Help!

Posted by worldorphanrelief on May 15, 2011

Flag of Moldova

With the help of Martha Burke, Captain Alfonz Markovics of the NC National Guard, Svetlana Stephanet of Moldova office of UNICEF, Connie Belcuig of CERI Moldova, and Natalia Modval of the Bilateral Affairs office of the US Embassy in Moldova, we finally have the information we need to prepare our report on the orphaned and abandoned children of Moldova.  Thank you for your helping us with our important task!

We currently have a complete and up-to-date list of all orphanages, transition homes, and other child-related institutions in the country of Moldova if you wish to donate directly to a particular facility.  Please ask if you would like to know more.  Once our report is fully prepared, however, all the information you need should be available.  We thank you for your patience.

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Afghanistan: a Glimpse at an Overwhelming Problem

Posted by worldorphanrelief on May 14, 2011


We have been in communication with Dr. Wais Aria of the Tabish Education/Health/ Psychological/Social Counseling Project of Kabul, Afghanistan. Tabish protects and serves orphaned children as well women, the poor, and the disabled.  We asked Dr. Aria if he could provide an initial statistical survey of Afghanistan’s orphaned and abandoned children and he delivered the following details:

1)  Roughly 8000 orphaned children live in both governmental and nongovernmental orphanages.  Included in this number are abandoned and street children whom also reside in the same facilities (although the percentage is relatively low by comparison).

2)  50 % of the population of Afghanistan is under 19 years old due to thirty years of war, internal and external immigration, and poverty.

3)  Due to economic hardship, parents also force their children into the following forms of work:

  • Hard labor
  • Begging – especially in the larger cities
  • Enrollment in the military
  • Joining a terrorist group
  • Prostitution
  • Marriage for dowry (most are under the age of 12)

4)  In Kabul, a survey estimates that close to 7,000 children live and work in the streets.  81% of these children are male and 19 % are female. Among above children, 38%  never went to school and do not have close family.  Finally, 69 % of the total number of children surveyed work more than 8 hours a day and are drug abusers, sex workers, petty criminals, etc.

5)  Orphanages face a complete lack of health, medical, and social services.  Additionally, their children need love, psychological and social support, and hope for the future – of these basic human necessities there is absolutely nothing.  In Kabul there are two orphanages:  one cares for 200 children and the other another 700.  Both orphanages house male and female children.  Education is provided by more than 30 organizations, but none offer social services to give these children hope for the future and a normal life.

6)  The following are priority items for the orphanages and their children:

  • Facility for health care ( physical and psychosocial )
  • Facility for shelter and first aid
  • Awareness for nutrition
  • Social support (protection from child marriage, forced prostitution, domestic violence, children’s rights abuses, etc)
  • Support of hobbies, especially for disabled, orphaned, and street worker children
  • Educational support such as schools, teachers, educational material and coursework, etc
  • Medical services
  • Vocational training programs for those who can’t study in school and have to support their family
  • Support of social integration programs to help children improve their lives and develop a voice for their role in Afghan society.

The above facts and figures are preliminary, but give you an idea of how severe the situation has become for children in general in Afghanistan.  We will continue to gather data to produce a more complete report later this year.  As The Fishermen grows, we look forward to engaging in cooperative ventures with Tabish in order to help the people under their care.  Please take some time to examine the Tabish website:  They are a good organization engaged in very noble activities to help the children of Afghanistan.  They can use your help.

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The Fishermen Welcomes Ava Cartner!

Posted by worldorphanrelief on May 14, 2011

Ava Cartner

The Fishermen wishes to welcome our new research and mission volunteer, Ava Cartner.  Ava was born and raised in North Carolina.  She graduated with honors from East Bladen High School and currently attends the University of New Orleans.  She enjoys traveling, and photography.  Finding a way to help the less fortunate has been a goal of hers for many years, and now that she has joined The Fishermen she will be able to improve the lives of children around the world.

Ava’s first mission is Bolivia, where she will engage in identifying orphanages in need and collecting information on the health care issues.  The data retrieved on her trip will be used to develop our report on the increasing number of orphaned or abandoned children, as well as provide further insight on the issue of prison families – a problem specific to Bolivia.

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Update: Preliminary Report on the Child Orphans of Gaza

Posted by worldorphanrelief on May 14, 2011

Gaza Strip

We were supposed to release a preliminary report on the orphaned and abandoned children of Gaza by the end of April.  Unfortunately, information is still being collected on this issue and our report is not expected to be complete until the end of May, 2011.  We thank you for your patience.

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Raising Awareness about the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Posted by worldorphanrelief on May 14, 2011

Natalie Reeves

Natalie Reeves, our spokesperson, has agreed to help raise awareness of the horrors faced by the children of the Congo.  There has been far too much death from war, disease, and starvation – nearyly 5.2 million since 1998 – and barely any news encouraging aid organizations such as ours to provide assistance.  According to our sources, there is humanitarian aid activity in and around Kinshasa and the western parts of the Congo, but Kikwit and much of the east remains largely untouched by NGOs.  Our awareness campaign will begin in August.  Thank you, Natalie, for helping the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo!

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Dental Care is on its way to Gilgit-Baltistan!

Posted by worldorphanrelief on May 14, 2011

Joanna LiVecchi, Dental Hygienist

Joanna LiVecchi, our wonderful dental hygienist, has generously donated a sizable quantity of toothbrushes and toothpaste for the orphaned and abandoned children of Gilgit-Baltistan.  We deeply appreciate her effort to promote dental care to the children of our mission areas.  Thanks again, Joanna, for all you do to make the world a better place!

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