Love is the most important and powerful gift we can give children. Love brings to childhood the magic, laughter and security that allows for development of children's minds, bodies and souls.
Every child that comes into the world deserves the very best start to life. In our shared commitment to making the world a better place, we also share in the responsibility of making it so, and therefore, we must love and protect all children - for who would choose to live in a world where every child is not cherished and loved?
Children often arrive at our Foundation in desperate circumstances - their eyes void of life and hope, their bodies limp, their spirits broken, often clinging to life by a thread. However, with time, care and love they grow into confident and accomplished young men and women strong in body and mind, their senses alive and stimulated. Witnessing this transformation is our greatest joy and accomplishment.
Our Foundation does important and often life-saving work on behalf of vulnerable children, their families and the communities in which they live. Our teams and volunteers have worked continuously and tirelessly in often very challenging and sometimes life-threatening situations for over 27 years and we have only been able to continue our work because of the ongoing belief and support of our warm-hearted, compassionate and dedicated community.
However, our projects and operations cannot run on love alone. We continue to need your help. This year saw our lowest ever ratio of donations to programme costs, and thus, we have had to rely upon our modest financial reserves to bolster our operational expenditure more than any other time in our history. The unfortunate truth is that the modern day charity has become incredibly competitive, if not at times aggressive. In recent years raising funds globally has become increasingly challenging for charities of our size, and we continue to do what we can do address this.
We are all part of a greater family - a greater humanity - where each and every one of us can make a difference. For our children's lights to shine ours too must shine; for our children to come alive we too must come alive; and for our children to love, we too must love.
Our Foundation and the children need your help. As you read our stories of the children, I sincerely ask that you consider supporting us in any way you can so that we may continue our vitally important work.
I remain deeply and eternally grateful to all our committed and sincere supporters - past, present and future.