Children's Food, Healthcare, Shelter and Education Fund
Improving life for children and families worldwide is the mission of Aid For Kids. Currently, the focus is on the "Other Maine" Project and sponsoring programs in Vietnam, Haiti, and Lesotho, Africa. Aid for Kids is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible. Our overhead is less than 1%!
10th Anniversary Celebration to Benefit Aid for Kids
and a Celebration of National Adoption Month
Featuring the Music of John Lennon
PORTLAND, Maine - A Celebration of Adoption to Benefit Aid for Kids will be held on Saturday, November 7 at 4:30-7:00pm at the Woodford’s Club in Portland, Maine. The evening will feature award winning jazz musicians Ron Aprea and Angela DiNiro from New York City who have played with John Lennon and who have created a tribute CD in honor of his 75th birthday. Special guest performers include Grammy award winning pianist Paul Sullivan and Robbie and Maggie Coffin - and a surprise performer. The Pihcintu Multinational Girl’s Chorus founded and directed by Paul Conway Fullum will also be featured. Proceeds from sales of the jazz CD will go to benefit Aid for Kids Maine Program – The “Other Maine” Project. Our host is Dawn Degenhardt, Founder of Aid for Kids, who has helped place thousands of kids for adoption and has helped countless children around the world with humanitarian aid projects.
Adoptive families and adoption staff are invited to the family reunion to renew old friendships and share their stories. Joy Degenhardt, Program Director for Vietnam will be bringing a delegation from Vietnam. Mercy Marchuk, former Program Manager for Russia, Jenny Mills, former Program Manager for India, Minal Dani former Manager in India and many others plan to attend.
Event tickets are just $45 and can be ordered on line (www.afkanniversary.org) or purchased at the door. We are limited in space so order your tickets soon.
Special John Lennon Tribute Album to help Aid for Kids
In 1974, Ron Aprea worked with John Lennon on his Walls and Bridges album. Though John Lennon's life and artistry were taken from us in 1980, he left behind a treasure trove of musical masterpieces. In 2014, Ron searched the former Beatle's library, and now pays a long-overdue tribute to the musical genius of John Lennon.
In the spirit of John Lennon, 2 dollars from the sale of each CD will go to aidforkids.org. For more information, visit http://ronaprea.com/john-lennon-tribute-album.html
The "Other Maine" Project
Warm coats to be discreetly delivered to children in need by teachers in Lincoln, Maine
Believe it or not, over two million dollars (over $800,000 in 2013) worth of new quality clothes, necessary household items, children's books and other merchandise has been delivered into the hands of those most in need in poverty areas of rural Maine in the last three years via more than 90 distribution partners such as homeless shelters, food pantries and Head Starts. This project, directed by experienced volunteer Dannette Ellis, has mushroomed faster than we have ever dreamed it would.
Although our primary focus has been northern rural Maine, we are now receiving requests from all over the State for our recent donations of diapers, warm coats, Nike sports clothing, Crayola Crayons, personal hygiene items, and household items from Bed, Bath and Beyond. We have been chosen by a major distributor for the National Diaper Bank Network to deliver 100,000 diapers. In 2012 we received 1,500 new warm coats for the State of Maine and in 2013 we received 6,500 and hope to receive more this year. After all, we are often the coldest place in the nation and the need is so great. Recently, Catholic Charities, which has food pantries in small isolated regions of Maine, agreed to distribute coats and other needed items to those poverty areas.
We are very grateful for the donations received from the Houlton Rotary Club, Bangor Savings Bank, Machias Savings Bank, Katahdin Trust, the Maine Community Foundation and other donors. We are in continuous need of donations to pay for shipping and handling costs.
To donate to The Other Maine Project:
Rachel's Bridge is finallY a reality!
Thank you to Aid for Kids for helping our family every step of the way to make this dream come true. Thank you to all who supported this dream and made it a reality. We are so thankful that Rachel's birth family and their community now have a safe bridge to cross to get to town and the ability to increase commerce in this area that is so poor. See our new youtube video “Rachel’s Bridge A Reality” which documents the dedication ceremony of Rachel’s Bridge and our trip back to visit Rachel’s birth family’s home. View our original "Rachel's Bridge" video which shares our personal journey reuniting our daughter with her birth family and finding this desperate need to replace a dangerous monkey bridge for her family’s village. As a result of all the kind and generous donations given, we were not only able to provide this beautiful, safe bridge (the design of this bridge has been chosen by the local government to be used to build more bridges to replace other unsafe monkey bridges in the area!) but we were also able to provide the funds to have a new home built for Rachel’s birth family after their home was destroyed by a typhoon…and, we were able to bless 20 elementary school children, whose families are too poor to send their children to school, with scholarships to pay for their expenses to be in school this year.
Rachel's Bridge A Reality Video
The school scholarship program is continuing! We would love to be able to continue to provide these scholarships for the children in Soc Trang. For one $20 donation you can help a child to continue to receive an education for an entire year! Please mark your donation for school scholarships – Soc Trang when you make your donation to Aid For Kids for this program.
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Vietnam Photo Journal
by Don Funk