It has now been 15 years since we started HFO and looking back, we are first amazed, then humbled and finally thankful. We have had the awesome opportunity and responsibility to help change the lives of hundreds of children. In 1995 we started with a sponsorship program for a home that was going to close in Cuernavaca, Mexico, supporting 60 children for 10 years. Then in 2000, we built a Children’s Home in Ghana, West Africa and some of our children have now completed University and are ready to start careers.
In the past we helped feed children in the Ukraine and Haiti. Today, we help care for children in India, Burkina Faso, Mozambique and Cambodia. HFO started an orphan foster program in Uganda in 1998 and today support over 100 children. We are humbled to think that we have had the privilege to minister to and help over 1 million children with gift boxes, school items, clothes and to share with them the love of God.
Finally, we are thankful for all the thousands of people who have joined with us over the years to help us accomplish our mission; rescuing orphaned, abandoned and abused children. All of you who have given time or money, who have prayed or walked, played golf or have traveled with us, share in the accomplishments. You have given children hope and joy, helped wipe away their tears and have literally saved lives.
As we look to the future we see many more children who need our help. We are committed to continue to expand our efforts and rescue more children. At this time of Thanksgiving as we celebrate with our families and friends, please remember our children with your gifts. It is the perfect way to give thanks!
John and Libby Moritz
& the HFO Ministries
On July 13th, John Moritz led a team from the First Congregational Church of Litchfield, Connecticut, to Uganda. Members of the team were; Pastor David Rockness, Helen Danner, Jennifer Dematteis, Russell Hubball, Carol Lamond, Tammy Moritz, Lou Beres, Charlotte Gavell, Kelli Green, Emma Hauer and Brian Malarkey. The team stayed at the Canaan Children’s Home in Jinja. They visited the children and foster families in our Tororo and Kaliro Programs.
In Kaliro, the team helped work on the Chicken Farming Project, led by Pastor David Waako. The team also had the opportunity to visit the Welcome Baby Home and Smile Africa, an organization that HFO currently supports. Finally, the team rounded out the week with an exciting and daring rafting trip on the Nile River.
In April, 2008 John Moritz is one of three recognized for humanitarian service. The awards ceremony was held at Suffield Academy, Suffield, CT, Monday, April 14. Read John's speech to Suffield Academy Alumni and Students.
In March 7-17, 2008, John Moritz traveled to Uganda for meetings with the Board members and staff of the Tororo and Kampala programs. It was also the official start of the new program in Kaliro. Visiting with the children and “foster” families is always a highlight.
The children and the families are blessed and it is gratifying to see first hand the fruit of everyone’s efforts (details in the summer newsletter).