The Great Need Within The Great Need

The Great Need Within The Great Need

Disabled Special Needs Children Developing Countries“Not only is there a lack of resources, many cultures in developing countries marginalize disabled children from society, making them extremely vulnerable and more likely to experience discrimination. Children with special needs are more susceptible to abuse, neglect and exploitation than children without disabilities.” Caroline Logan. Borgen Magazine, August 2014.

Within the poverty of developing countries there are millions of children who are in need of health, sanitation and nutrition.  Further down in their population is a group who are often cast aside and forgotten – those with disabilities and special needs.  They can’t be sold or worked for profit, so developing countries have no use for them.

As a parent of a child with special needs, I understand how challenging it can be for a child to live with disabilities and special needs in the United States. How much more extremely difficult it must be in developing areas like Congo, Guinea, Bosnia, Haiti, etc…?

“The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has found that 10 percent of the world is living with special needs and 80 percent of the disabled live in developing countries. The World Bank estimates that, of the 58 million children who do not attend primary school, one-third have a disability.” Kelsey Lay. Borgen Magazine, February 2016.

If you were orphaned and disabled or orphaned and had special needs in a developing country, what chance of survival would you have compared to fellow orphans who weren’t disabled or living with special needs?

For those disabled and special needs children in developing countries who do have parents, what resources do they have to help their child grow and live a production life?

There is a great need within the great need. As programs work to develop better health care systems, better schools, better ways to bring water and electricity to people, it seems they are bringing hope for advocacy and social aid to specifically help disabled and special needs children.

This is the first time in my life that I’ve deeply considered and thought about this plight. I want to learn more, meet those who are helping and find ways to fill this need for disabled and special needs children in developing countries. Below are links where I have started research:

Global Partnership for Education: Children with Disabilities

World Vision

Able Child Africa

Borgen Magazine – The Borgen Project


Wren’s Song Helping Orphans in the DRC

Wren’s Song Helping Orphans in the DRC

Sarah and Tony Witbrod are passionate about helping children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). There are an estimated 4.6 million orphaned children in this area of Africa. In February, the Washington Times published an article detailing their inspiring story of finding hope for Congolese children through the tragedy of others. Here’s an excerpt:

“The brief life of a little girl named Wren is making a positive difference for many other children. Sarah and Tony Witbrod were in the process of adopting Wren in 2010 from an orphanage in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are an estimated 4-6 million orphans in this war-ravaged country in central Africa.

The Witbrods Congo DRC orphans orphanageThe Witbrods, who lived in Douglas at the time, also planned to adopt Wren’s sister Emory because they did not want the two to be separated. On Oct. 27, 2010, they received a phone call with a devastating message that changed their lives: 15-month-old Wren had died. A malaria epidemic swept through her orphanage, killing 12 of 18 children. Wren had no resources to put up a fight, as she came to the orphanage extremely malnourished. A photograph of her shows a small, crying infant with extremely thin legs.

The Witbrods then committed themselves to telling her story, as well as the story of other orphans in the DRC and the conditions they face. Sarah Witbrod started a website called Wren’s Song as a living tribute to her adopted daughter, she said. The website also is a way to help people understand what the orphans endure. People can donate at the site, and she makes sure that all of the donations go directly to the orphanages.

She also bought a building at an orphanage in the DRC called Center Emmanuel, and the couple has donated money for repairs there.”  Click here to read the article.

Click here to visit their website to learn how you can make a difference for the orphanage and children in the DRC.

Nike Pro Skills

Nike Pro Skills is helping youth grow to not only become better basketball players. They are providing the opportunity to become better citizens. Today I had the privilege of meeting Josh Feemster who is a Nike Pro Skills coach in Dallas. He shared that another aspect of Nike Pro Skills is their mission to help youth in Haiti. They make it possible for boys to come to the U.S. with the prospect of building a better life through basketball.

Visit the website to learn more.

Follow them on Twitter teamproskills

Adventure of Goodness

Adventure of Goodness

Goodness. It is a daily pursuit. It is not a state of living perfectly – none of us can do that. We can do our best to excel at living “good” however.

  • Look for opportunities to serve those around me
  • Listen to those who would like to share a success or struggle
  • Give from resources I have been blessed with
  • Comfort those who are hurting
  • Encourage those pursuing similar paths and goals
  • Highlight the unique talents and skills you see in others

Do you want more adventure in your life?

Pursue to do good every day!


Pour Les Femmes

Pour Les Femmes

See how Pour Les Femmes, Robin Wright and Karen Fowler have grown their social cause and product line in the latest Selfridges & Co. video.

Pour Les Femmes is a socially conscious sleepwear company created by Actress/Activist Robin Wright and longtime friend and Designer Karen Fowler. The company was founded to make a product that they love that symbolizes comfort and security and at the same time helps women around the globe. Click here to visit their website.

Jeff Skoll Group

Jeff Skoll Group

Participant Media,, The Skoll Foundation, The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship and The Skoll Global Threats Fund are philanthropic and commercial enterprises of Jeff Skoll. Click here to visit the website and learn more about The Skoll Group.

Jeff Skoll is leading social entrepreneurship in the the world. Watch the video:

Click here to learn more about Jeff Skoll.