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Sunday, September 29, 2013

ZIM CHICKEN PROJECT : the details



We are Beautiful Feet Global Outreach, Inc.; a 501(c)3 Non-Profit. A faith-based organization committed to global orphan care. Our orphanage partnership located in Zimbabwe (Africa) involves 50+ children from age 3 - 19. International adoptions are not permitted for this country, therefore they will spend their entire childhood in an orphanage.

**To donate to the chicken project, follow this link and then choose "Zim Chicken Project".


THE ZIM CHICKEN PROJECT DETAILS

Goal:  To increase the monthly cashflow for our Zimbabwe orphanage partner in an effort to help them better help themselves!

Currently our Zim orphanage is able to harvest approx 100 chickens every 6-7 weeks. This has been a successful project going into its 3rd year. They have the knowledge and the space to operate a 1,000 chicken project, but they lack the water capacity, equipment and start-up capital. 

To establish this expanded project by April 2014 AUGUST 2014:
BFGO seeks 120 people to invest $28.00 per month for 6 months (beginning in October or November).
This will accomplish raising the necessary capital of approximately $20,000.
The benefit to the orphanage is 2-fold.
   (1) more protein for the children
   (2) approx $1,000 - $3,000 monthly profit from the sale of marketable chickens. 

To JOIN NOW in this poultry gift endeavor please click on this link and complete the online donation process.  Make sure that you select MONTHLY verses a one-time gift. Please set a reminder for yourself at the end of April August 2014 if you'd like for your donations to cease, or if you'd like to change the fund and/or amount. Anything not cancelled or changed will automatically be changed for you to go to the "Greatest Need" fund.  (Thank you!)

***All donations are tax deductible. 

**Skip to the end of this post for photos. 

Would you like more detailed details? This section is for you. 

The overseer of this project is a Zimbabwean native and the founder of the orphanage organization. Her name is Fatima. She is an accountant with a Masters Degree and has worked for the United Nations as well as a lecturer at a Zimbabwe University. She is well respected in her country and has completed thorough research and evaluations for the Chicken Project startup. 

This project will have 3 phases. 

Phase I:  Borehole Drilling & Accessories (this means local & continuous access to clean water).
Borehole installation, electric generator, 2000 liter tank, metal stand and pressure tank estimated $9,150.00  (Drilling $6,500; Generator $1,500; 2000 Litre tank $500; Metal Stand $300; Pressure Tank $350)

Phase II:  Fowl Run & Equipment
Broiler fowl run & equipment estimated $3,112.40

Phase III:  Chicks, Feed & Vaccines
Initial Chicks Purchase $3,650; Vaccines $30

MISC:  $4,000 for unexpected costs; fuel, transportation, driver, consultants, & donation transaction fees.

Are you interested in the story?  This section is for you.

These photos are of our kiddos in the Zim orphanage partnership as well as the "space" for the future chicken project and the man who will direct the full scope of the project in an ongoing basis. He lives in the little green house with his wife and children. See photographic footage of the current chicken project (100 chicks per every 6-7 weeks). The older children participate in every aspect of the harvesting (slaughter, defeathering, cleaning and packaging). 




















Our chicken man (love him).


The field for the future chicken project.












Thank you for spending time to learn about BFGO and our current fundraising project to further aid our precious kiddos in Zimbabwe. We also have a child sponsorship program and an ongoing "greatest need" fund. You may learn more about us at our official website. 

Questions may be directed to melissa@beautifulfeetgo.org

Thank you and God bless you every day!






Thursday, May 16, 2013

On Our Sleeves

He instructed Moses to teach them not to neglect the poor. To make a case while He had Moses's attention on the mountain, He specifically noted women who had lost their husbands and therefore lost their livelihood. Losing a husband meant losing his income, his potential. His promise.

When God relayed the importance of teaching the people (His people = the Israelites) He also used the example of the fatherless. A child without a father (or a mother ... eh'hem) was directionless and un-nurtured. In many cases, unloved. Alone. Without resources. Without help.

God loved poor people so much that He asked those near them to care for them and to make sure that they had food to eat.

God loved the fatherless so much that He instructed the Israelites to make sure that they were nurtured, fed and loved. That they would know they had value and worth in the eyes of the One true God.

When Jesus came, He taught God's children how to serve and love with their hands - hands that would represent the hands of God. He motivated them to move, love and serve with feet that would represent the feet of God. His own feet. The feet of Jesus.

Jesus modeled love for us. He carved it out in the shape of His big heart, placed it in our hands and then asked us to deliver it to the world. He wants us to walk around with His heart on our sleeves.

For the past two days I have personally worked via social media and email to try and raise money for a specific, special and urgent cause. Warm, heavy winter blankets for the Zim orphanages. Overwhelmingly and swiftly, people ran with the feet of Jesus and loosed the grip on money for them in order to give what was from Him - to meet this need. Sweetly.

It is incredibly beautiful and valuable that this happened - but if you played a part in that in any way I am asking that you look down at your palms and stare at them for a moment. And then look at your bare feet and try to see the journey that Jesus has walked with you. In your palm, I ask you to try and see what He has given you. My prayer for you, for your benefit and for His that you will always see that your hands and feet belong to the Lord of all and that He has great plans for the steps they will take, the work they will do and the for the things they will let go of.

You are dear.

You are treasure.

You are beautiful.

You are His.

He loves you.

Don't ever forget this.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Winter Blankets - a tremendous and immediate need

She gave up a comfortable life to rescue them and give them a home. Her story still blows my mind. She left her job. Her husband left her. She is the one on the ground doing it every single day - serving orphans with her fibers. She gives it all she's got. A remarkable and brave woman. She lives her life at the foot of the cross giving everything she has to the One who gave her life. Daily she worships. Daily she petitions. Daily she sacrifices. Daily she gives.

The kids need SO much! To run these orphanages she needs so much more money that she is currently earning and receiving. Top priorities are always food and school fees - meanwhile some of the structures are falling apart. Rents go unpaid. The truck breaks down and sits for a time unrepaired. There is no "credit". There are no food-stamps. I honestly don't understand, emotionally or literally, how she decides what to do and what to ignore. I cannot fathom that struggle.

But right now - truly right now......  winter is setting in and they NEED blankets. The blankets have not been prioritized over the past couple of years and as a result they deal with a lot of winter sickness. Without heat the children are so cold at night and most of them develop colds and flus. They have blankets now but they are lightweight. What they really need are heavy winter blankets. The orphanage director, Fatima, has made this a priority.

Winter in Zimbabwe is starting right now. Nights are cold and within the next 2 weeks it is going to get much worse. We cannot purchase blankets here and ship them because the cost is outrageous. Even though blankets are expensive in Zimbabwe - it is still far more cost effective to purchase them there. They have been priced at $30 each and we would love to purchase at least 50 blankets. When? Right now!  We need to raise $1,500 by Friday 5/18 so that we can wire the funds on Tuesday 5/22 and they will have the blankets by the end of next week and then can use them year after year during the winter seasons.

Please tweet this post, share it on Facebook, point to it on your blog! Do you know a business owner who might willing to be a great blessing to these kiddos?

We are offering BFGO t-shirts to anyone who can donate at least $30 for a blanket between now and Friday 5/18. Just go to our website, click on the Donate tab and follow instructions.

www.beautifulfeetgo.org

Below is a photo of the founder and director of the Zim orphanages. Her name is Fatima! She is an angel and she needs our support. Please keep her and this great work she is doing in your hearts and prayers.




Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Power of Three


We knew that establishing a child sponsorship program for our Zim kids was going to have to be unconventional. Zim is expensive and complicated. It would be so fantastic if $28 per month could cover school fees, food and a roof over their heads but it doesn't. We have figured that honestly to sponsor a Zim kid would cost more like $120 per month. Even so - we landed on $90 and we've divided that up 3-ways. Each child needs 3 sponsors - and to offer monetary level diversification, the sponsorships are set up at $35, $30 or $25 per month. We at BFGO thought it would be simply AWESOME if people would gather in groups of 3, whether it be friends, neighbors, family or co-workers, to join together in sponsoring one child. This way they could share the prayers and the love that a child needs.

Matthew 18:19-20
  "Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in Heaven For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."

One person can agree to send $90 per month to sponsor a child - but what happens when two or three of you are gathered together praying for that child in the name of the Father? How might that strengthen you? How might it strengthen that child? What happens in the heavenlies when this takes place? When you join with another in prayer for the health and well-being of a BFGO child, or for their safety, or their education and their future - doesn't it say that it will be done?

I believe in the power of 3 believers coming together. I believe so strongly! We are averaging about 52 kids in Zim right now. If each child had 3 sponsors that would be 156 people strong! If we aren't believing that this power in prayer and love couldn't change the trajectory of their lives and futures - we aren't trusting who God says He is.

Are you getting ready to believe?

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I hope you'll listen to the song in the youtube video above. This man is a native African singing a gorgeous inspiring song called "I'm Getting Ready".

Below are images of several children in our Zimbabawe Orphanages who do not yet have ANY sponsor. They each need 3 people to step up and help them live out the purpose of their lives. If you are feeling so bold and brave - would you consider approaching your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to join in a sponsorship with you???  You will never regret that decision.


This is lovely Miriam.


Sweet, quiet Panashe.


Our newest and youngest babe, Tino.


Fast, Jackson. Full of smiles and great hugs!


Sweet, Pamela. 


They are all waiting for 3 sponsorship levels to be filled. They are eager to write letters and make you pictures for your refrigerator. Are you getting ready?

Friday, April 26, 2013

Earth in Other Places

One Earth
One Sky
One Love
We only get one chance to live in this - One Life


(lyric from song: Conviction of the Heart - Kenny Loggins)


roots


stacked stones (meaning of the word Zimbabwe)


raw granite


massive tree


african cattle


broken down african farm equipment


african storm brewing - much needed rain - just in time


withered african sunflower


1Kings 8:22 & 23
"Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven. He said, "O LORD, the God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing lovingkindness to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart... "


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Coming up for BFGO

I haven't been a great blogger this year. Our year end for BFGO was so incredibly intense that it zapped 4 months worth of my energy, evidently. I suppose you could say that this first quarter has been a period of resting my mouth (and thus my fingertips). Not that we haven't needed more support, because we do. And I presume that we always will because our goal will always be to reach more children for Christ. When we do finally achieve a comfortable financial goal for our Zim partner, we will find another and another and another until God tells us to settle down.

Next week I am returning to our Zim partner orphanages. Simply understated, I cannot wait. The joy is rising up inside of me and it feels like I could spread my arms and fly there without the needs of a modern aircraft.

This is the first time since the launch of our child sponsorship program that I'll be with our kiddos. For the first time, I get to take letters, photos and small gifts to the kids there who have sponsors. I cannot wait to share new loves with them - for the children to hear the voices of their sponsors through written words. It is going to be beautiful.  Out of the 50+ children there in the orphanages, only about 12 of them have a sponsor. It hurts me to have to leave the rest of them out of these festivities, but they are all hopeful that by the next time I visit they will be able to celebrate collectively and in joy for one another.  May the Lord of lords make it so that every child will be sponsored within the next few months.

Here are just a few of our unsponsored kiddos. Is their a pair of eyes here that you can see into? Anyone who pulls you?

Arkinia


Pamela


Sarah


Pretty


Tadiwa (boy)


Farai


Misheck


Godknows


You may locate these children and several others through our website by clicking onto the "sponsor a child" link. 

Otherwise, you may set up a monthly donation at any financial level you desire by simply following the donation link. You may choose a specific fund for your donation to benefit or you may simply choose "Greatest Need". Donations are tax-deductible. And we are SINCERELY grateful for $5, $10, $12 per month. Every dollar matters!  We also gladly accept one time donations of any amount. 

Please follow along for the next couple of weeks as I report from Zimbabwe.  You may sign up to receive automatic updates through email by subscribing at the top of the page.

Thank you so much!

  ~  melissa irwin
      founder / executive director