April 27, 2020

A Lot of the News is Good!

As things are changing so rapidly during this pandemic, I wanted to give you a quick update from our homes in Russia, India, and Kenya. And I’m happy to report that a lot of the news is good!

First of all, I’m ecstatic to report that everyone in our homes continues to be healthy. This is the hand of God, for sure.

I also want to let you know that your outpouring of support has already met many needs…I’ll get to some of those in a minute.

First, the report:

Some things appear to be consistent for all of our partners…they are staying home, schools are closed, masks are necessary in public. In addition, price gouging has made buying necessities a real challenge, and their governments have not stepped in to halt the price hikes the way ours did.

You have provided extra funds for each of our homes in order to compensate for the grocery price hikes.

Now for the specific reports we’re hearing from our fields:

Russia—The children in state-run orphanages are complaining that they miss our Bible Discovery Class teachers, who can’t visit during the quarantine. Many of the school-aged children are struggling because there are too few computers for all the kids to do their homework.

India—The combination of fear and desperation has resulted in violence on the streets. Some of it is from police trying to keep people inside; some is against medical workers trying to test or treat the ill. Many have been physically run out of communities as residents attempt to stone them.

Racial discrimination has escalated against Chinese—or anyone who may look Chinese. This has affected house parents in two of our homes who are actually from Manipur, a state in India’s northeast. Shopkeepers are refusing to sell to them and friends are denying knowing them.

In addition, many children’s homes in India have had increased requirements. Every day, they are to take each child’s temperature and report it. They also must send a record of their stock of medicines, bleach, hand sanitizer, etc. Every three days, they must fumigate the home and property.

You have provided digital thermometers, ample supplies and a fumigator to help these homes meet the government’s mandates.

Kenya-The Kenyan Department of Education is posting lessons for each grade at specified times on TV and radio. It has been difficult for all of the kids of different ages to tune in at correct times. There are nearly 30 boys of various ages in the home, and just one TV.

Clearly, your gifts and prayers are making a difference for the orphans The Boaz Project serves and their caregivers. Each of them wants to thank you for your prayers and gifts.

We know that the needs in each home will likely continue to increase in the coming days. If you’d like to give in order to assure our partners that we’ll be able help them face their mounting needs, you can do so here.

Believing in miracles,

April Jurgensen
Founder/Executive Director
The Boaz Project, Inc.

P.S. Thanks to the CARES Act, your donation of up to $300 can be deducted from income in 2020, whether or not you itemize your taxes. And if you do itemize, the limit on how much of your income can be deducted has been lifted for 2020. This makes NOW the perfect time to give!

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Level 1

Learn about the mission and vision of The Boaz Project through activities such as watching an Encounter webinar, exploring our website, and following us on social media. You will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with your Orphan Advocate Training Coach, who will help you as you go through the levels.


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Gain more insight into the realities of the orphan crisis through reading "The Orphan’s Abba" and visiting The Boaz Project YouTube page. You will also meet The Boaz Project staff.


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Grow in your understanding of the orphan crisis, meet some houseparents by reading their stories, and create your own "Pick 2" with options like watching a movie and completing a creative project utilizing your unique skill set.


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Enhance your knowledge of healthy attachments for orphans, watch a webinar about Eastern Europe’s institutional orphanage system, and visit the Boaz office virtually or in person.


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Utilize all of the knowledge you have gained throughout training to develop methods based on your personal experience to share the mission and vision of The Boaz Project with others. Read a portion of our first level Houseparent Trauma Training and use your unique skills to impact orphans with a special project. Completing Level 5 gives you the option to apply to become an OAT Coach and/or a Regional Coordinator for The Boaz Project.

FAQ

Do I have to live near Greenwood, Indiana to complete the training?

No! This certification is intentionally created to allow opportunities for anyone in any location to fully participate.




How much of a time commitment is it?

This is completely up to you. The entire process is self-directed. There are no deadlines, and you may take as much or as little time as you need to complete each course.




Can I do this training with my spouse? Or a friend?

Yes! Going through the training with a spouse or friend can provide accountability and motivation. As you progress, you may be able to accomplish more together!




How much will it cost?

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Is there an age requirement to become a Certified Orphan Advocate Trainee?

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If I complete the five-level Orphan Advocate Training Certification, can I put it on my resume or LinkedIn profile?

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Will I be able to get a signed letter to verify my volunteer hours?

We are sorry that we cannot verify volunteer hours that are done outside of the office or an event due to the fact that these hours are not supervised. However, we can write about the quality of work that was done, your commitment level, and the training courses achieved. We can also say that your self-reported, unsupervised hours fit into the typical number of hours that are usual for that course.




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