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Year-End Giving

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Luis, Lester and Brandon - Donors make their smiles possble.

We can’t thank our Sponsors and Donors enough for their generosity this past year! We praise God for all that we were able to accomplish because of YOU – our faithful partners who help us so generously. Thank you for giving to our children and home.

We want to ask you one last time for 2014 to give a special gift to our home. Help us end the year on a strong note. Help us to continue investing in the lives of those who need it most.

You can contribute up until the last seconds of 2014 for this tax year…

Also I wanted to take a moment to let you know about an upcoming opportunity to designate IRA funds to a charity of your choice.

On Wednesday Congress passed a bill, which is now awaiting President Obama’s signature, enabling you to transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA to a qualified public charity. The transfer will be made free from federal income tax and the gift qualifies for your 2014 required minimum distribution (RMD).

This opportunity is retroactive to January 1, 2014 and reauthorizes the IRA charitable rollover through December 31, 2014.

As we look ahead at the next 12 days that remain in the year, will you prayerfully consider taking advantage of this great IRA option and make a gift to help support the children of Dorie’s Promise?

If you have questions about this new way to give we’d be happy to talk to you. Please call 360-836-7626 or email us.

God Bless,

Heather Radu

Today is World Water Day

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Here is One Small Action You Can Take to Help a Family Get Clean Water on World Water Day
– By Bradley Burck

The Water in Guatemala is Contaminated

Access to fresh water is a worldwide problem. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than two million people die from water-related diseases each year. The kinds of waterborne illnesses we don’t even think about in the United States — diarrheal, intestinal heminths, Schistosomiasis, Dracunculiasis, Trachoma, and more — devastate people’s lives all over Latin America.

In Guatemala City, very few people have access to clean drinking water. Everyone knows the water you get in the city needs to be purified. There are two ways to get purified water — either to filter contaminated water or to buy bottled water. Buying bottled water is extremely prohibitive because of the expense. Most families simply drink dirty water or boil what they have and take their chances.

A Simple Solution for Health

Modern purification devices are relatively inexpensive and easy to get in the United States. You would not think much of one if you saw it a store.  They are small but extremely effective in filtering contaminants. However, they are not easily accessible in Guatemala City for poor families living in the ghettos or the Garbage Dump. Forever Changed International is working with families in the ghetto of Maria Teresa Caballeros in Zone 7 of Guatemala City to provide water filters and special sinks (pilas).

This is life-saving work. The water filters provide people with fresh drinkable water that won’t make them sick. The pilas give families the ability to wash their food, clothes, hands, and bodies with uncontaminated water. Forever Changed International mission teams visit the dumps and ghettos several times a month and deliver these gifts to families in need while showing them the love of Jesus Christ.

Your Opportunity

Now you can help too! Some people deliver these gifts into the communities. Others pray. Still others are needed to give the resources needed to buy the water filters and pilas. Please consider how you might be involved.

The cost to provide a water filter to a family is just $40. The filter will provide clean drinking and usable water for a family of four for three months.

The pila is the main tool for washing and cleaning and holding clean water in the slums and ghettos of Guatemala City where clean running water simply doesn’t exist. Now you can provide a pila for a family for just $50. This $50 gift will impact a family for several generations.

Consider partnering today by providing water filters and pilas to families in need.

You can give online to give a family fresh water today!


You can mail a check to:

Forever Changed International

c/o Water and Pila Project
Forever Changed International
19215 SE 34th Street Suite 106-387
Camas, WA 98607

Note: If you have a specific mission team in mind when you give, please make note of that in the comments section on our giving page or in the memo section on your check.

Education for A Better Future

Friday, November 30th, 2012

For so many children in Guatemala, a future of unlimited possibilities and dreams fulfilled will never become their reality. When you are trying to survive with your family on the streets, school does not become a priority — finding your next meal does.

The children of Dorie’s Promise were once children without hope. They came from living within the garbage dump … the streets … from shacks in the ghettos. However, through God’s grace and love, they are now a part of our family!

It is our goal to see that we give our children every opportunity to see their personal dreams come true!

We currently have 37 children in our care. Until this year, we have always had all of our children enrolled in public school. The public schools in Guatemala have up to 40 children per classroom. The education they are receiving is below average. The teachers are unprepared to handle such large classrooms with little to no resources.

My dream … my prayer … is that every child at Dorie’s Promise has the opportunity to attend El Shaddai and that those who struggle academically will be able to get a similar education at other private schools specializing in helping children with special needs.

An education at El Shaddai means better curriculum, prepared teachers, positive influences, spiritual guidance, extra-curricular activities, and opportunities to experience “regular life” outside of the orphanage. Going to El Shaddai means a better future. It means hope for our amazing children.

The total cost for all 18 children to attend private school for the 2013 school year is $27,000. So far we have commitments of $9,000. That covers the cost of only six of our children.

So we need to raise $18,000 in order for 12 more children to have the opportunity to receive the education they need and deserve this coming January!

Please help us raise $18,000 before December 31, 2012, so that our children can be given the gift of a private education this Christmas. Write "Education fund" in the comments when giving online.

UPDATE – December 4th: Thanks to some generous giving, we now need to raise $14,700.

Providing Medical Care

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Our goal this year is to raise $32,400 to cover the costs for our medical program.

Here’s what that includes for the year:

  • $16,000 — Dr. Castro’s salary
  • $8,000 — Nurse salary
  • $1,400 — Office space
  • $2,000 — Supplies, prescriptions, medicine
  • $1,000 — Equipment
  • $4,000 — Emergency hospital fund

These medical costs are vital to the operation of Dorie’s Promise and our ability to care for all of our children.

“That may sound like a lot but when you break it down it is only about $75 per child each month to make sure all our children are receiving the best medical care possible,” says founder Heather Radu. “Our supporters have been so generous in the past that I am asking them to again consider a special gift.”

In his report last year Dr. Castro remarked, "Naturally, we treat acute illnesses—mostly minor injuries—and respiratory, gastrointestinal, and skin problems. However, we are aware that children at our home also suffer from chronic conditions, usually identified when they arrive. Most are curable, but some problems remain and will “mark” a child forever. This is the case with children who have cerebral palsy or a congenital syndrome."

"The most common disorder is malnutrition, which affects a child’s stature, brain development, and sometimes his or her mental health. Of course, there is always hope. We often see the miracle called resilience. This is a phenomenon where—despite a miserable past, neglect and abuse—a child emerges to become a wonderful, affectionate human being."

This is a serious need. Imagine all the doctor visits you have for just one child—then multiply that by 40. Can you help? Click on the “Donate Now” link below and then write medical care in the comments box.



If you can make a donation, it will be appreciated by every child who relies on our care to make it through his or her formative years.

Help End the Year Right!

Saturday, December 31st, 2011


Thank you so much for your love and support of the children of Dorie’s Promise Guatemala. As we come to the end of 2011, I want you to know that you do make a difference in the lives of these little ones!

Please make sure you watch our 2011 Review Video. I trust you will really be blessed by it!

Our sponsorship push here in December has been blockbuster. As of today, we have had 60 NEW sponsorships! Each of those sponsorships has been matched — meaning right now we have 120 NEW sponsorships. There is still time to sponsor a child and have your sponsorship matched. The challenge lasts until midnight tonight!  SPONSOR NOW.

If you would like to give a special gift for the children before the end of the year, you can do that as well by giving online.  Every gift matters as we close out the year.  GIVE HERE.

Again, thank you for all you do for the children of Dorie’s Promise. You are giving these children hope and a future.

God bless you!

Heather Radu

P.S. Please help us spread the word — sponsor a child (and see it matched) or give a special gift to help the children of Dorie’s Promise before tonight's deadline.

2011 Year in Review Video

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Now You Can Give Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Fund Shares

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

By Bradley Burck

If you have stock, bonds, or mutual fund shares that you have owned for more than one year, you may donate them to Forever Changed International and use their fair market value when gifted as the amount of your donation.

This benefits both the children in our care and you. You are not required to pay any capital gains taxes on the transaction because you have donated the security rather than sold it. And Forever Changed International receives the full value of the stock, bond, or mutual fund shares to help take care of the children at Dorie’s Promise Guatemala.

Do you have questions?  Email Heather Radu or call her at 360.335.3125.