Right now, whole villages are perishing as drought and famine spread like a cancer across the SubSahran plains. Millions of forgotten Africans are starving to death because of years of crop failure. Children who should be in school daily risk being raped, abducted, or killed as they trek miles to the nearest pond to fill their jugs with foul, diseased water for their families to drink. If they don’t starve, they will likely succumb to preventable diseases.

These bio-sand filters are the backbone of the clean water filtration system that is transforming villages across Africa.

The problem is decades old, but we are bringing new solutions: we are delivering bio-sand fresh-water equipment to village after village, restoring hope to families in despair. With fresh water comes health, new crops, and a chance to live again!

But it’s more than just water.

In a rural African village, not far from the famed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, a baby was born. The mother gave birth outside, in the predawn darkness, dropping the baby unceremoniously on the ground. Freeing herself from the unwanted burden of motherhood, she fled that place, and did not look back. The child was left alone in the dirt, flailing in the blood and fluids of her traumatic birth.

But God saw this precious child and determined that she should live.

No one had the slightest interest in you; no one pitied you or cared for you. On the day you were born, you were unwanted, dumped in a field and left to die. “But I came by and saw you there, helplessly kicking about in your own blood. As you lay there, I said, ‘Live!’” Ezekiel 16:5-6 NLT

Local villagers, who had heard the cries of the mother while she was giving birth, cautiously crept outside to see what had happened. Finding the newborn infant, they swaddled her in cloth and took her to the nearest police station. The police contacted the Welfare authorities and by ten o’clock in the morning, she was being cradled in loving arms in the town of Moshi. She had been ransomed by the King.

The hospital doctor was more than concerned when a three-year-old boy was brought in with third degree burns across the lower part of his body. This was the second time in less than a year that this same boy had arrived at the hospital writhing in severe pain from third degree burns “accidentally” inflicted by a pot of boiling liquid. Knowing that no burn victim (especially a child) will go anywhere near open flame or sources of boiling liquid after having been seriously burned before, the doctor suspected these injuries had been intentionally inflicted.

Investigation led to the discovery of the child’s living situation. His mother was dead and the step-mother (his father’s second wife) resented the child’s presence in the home. The child’s father was gone for long periods because of his work, and the child was left alone with the step-mother. She was the only “witness” to the incidents in which the third-degree burns had been inflicted. The Welfare authorities removed the child out of fear for his safety and placed him in an orphanage once he was released from the hospital. As soon as his burns were sufficiently healed, the young boy began to run and play with the other children. It was soon noticed that the initially reserved and quiet boy, had developed an unquenchable smile.  He too, had been ransomed by the King.

These true stories are only two examples of the many lives that have been dramatically altered because of the generosity of the partners of King’s Ransom Foundation. We help a home for orphaned and abandoned children to care for 33 children from infants to 17 years of age in a beautiful facility in Moshi, Tanzania. Food, clothing, medical care, transportation and an excellent Private School (English Medium) Education was provided in a Christian family atmosphere.

In addition, ten other young adult orphans (18+ year olds) were provided University, College or Vocational Education, fully funded through donations, including their housing and living expenses. Eight of the ten had grown up in an orphanage. Statistics gathered worldwide suggest that second and third world orphans are more likely to commit suicide after being released from “orphanage care” than any other population. The percentage of “post-orphanage” orphans that become involved in prostitution or drug trafficking is estimated to exceed 50%. Through your generous support, we are changing those statistics.

Currently, one of our University students is studying Law. Her mother was a prostitute and she never knew her father. She came to the orphanage as a 12-year-old in 2007. In her own words, she explained her choice of vocation this way, “My heart is burdened for all the children of Tanzania who are living in difficult and harsh conditions and are affected by the corruption in our government. I need to study law and become a lawyer so that I can become a voice for them.”

Two more of our College students are studying Business, one is in Bible College, one is studying at a School of Journalism, one is studying at a Wildlife Management College, another is studying to be a Social Worker to be able to work with Women and vulnerable children. The King has ransomed these priceless treasures and is truly changing the trajectory of their lives through your generosity.

Thank you for your compassionate support for the lives of orphaned and abandoned children on the other side of the world!

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