Nigeria's Little Saints Celebrate a New Home for the New Year

This year, the rain won’t be putting a damper on the holiday celebrations at Little Saints Orphanage in Lagos, Nigeria. Thanks to the generous contributions to Forever Giving from thousands of supporters like you throughout the year, the orphans that call Little Saints their home now have a newly renovated facility to take pride in - just in time for the holiday season.

The 3-month renovation project funded by Forever Giving included a complete roof and ceiling replacement, new kitchen cabinets, a brick partition to prevent flooding, 200 new chairs for their common areas and 20 new wardrobes for their dormitories.

Gary Shreeve, Vice President of Africa for Forever Living Products, attended the final inspection and presentation of the Forever Giving improvement project; representing the many Forever Distributors who support the charity from all over the world. Gary was joined by Jackson Adagala, Forever Living’s Director of African Operations, Caroline Tay, Country Manager of Forever Living Products Nigeria, and the Founder of Little Saints Orphanage, Rev. Dele George, who expressed her appreciation of Forever Giving’s partnership:

“We deeply appreciate the new roof, ceilings, chairs, kitchen cabinets and wardrobes funded by Forever Giving. Your contribution has raised the standard of our home tremendously and has given the environment a beautiful outlook. It has also boosted the confidence and morale of all the children. It has strengthened their faith in our love for them. This improvement has inspired the children to aspire for greater things and reach for greater heights. It has encouraged them to appreciate excellence, as well as make them enviable and admired amongst their peers. The stigmatization of orphans is still ongoing in our country, but the high standard of care and education at the Little Saints Orphanage has made it easier for our children to utilize opportunities available to them outside the orphanage.”

As 2011 draws to a close, we want to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of people who continue to help make projects like this possible through your generous donations to Forever Giving. A special thank you to the Distributors of Forever Living Products - your support helps us improve the quality of children’s lives.

All of us here at Forever Giving wish you and your family a very happy and safe holiday season. We look forward to continuing to partner with you to Make a Difference in 2012.

Thank you.

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Forever Giving Breaks Ground in Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria - Forever Giving recently broke ground on its newest project, its first in Nigeria, where the non-profit organization has partnered with Little Saints Orphanage to assist with much-needed repairs to two branches of their facility.

Renovations are underway to repair the boys and girls dormitories in the Lagos neighborhoods of Akowonjo and Abule Egba. Projects include the construction of a new brick partition to prevent rain from flooding their kitchen area and the complete roof and ceiling replacement of their multipurpose hall, which has been leaking for months. Through the donation made by Forever Giving, Little Saints will also be able to purchase four new charcoal cookers, twenty new wardrobes for the boys dormitory and 200 chairs for their common areas, in addition to the aforementioned renovations.

With Forever Giving’s support, these much overdue improvements to Little Saints’ facilities will make it possible for the orphanage to continue the mission of their Founder, Rev. Dele George, to provide a safe, nurturing environment where the children of Lagos can find shelter, care, education, social development and eventual rehabilitation through fostering or adoption - making room for future generations of children in need to have the same opportunity to thrive.

The project is scheduled for completion in November 2011. Gary Shreeve, Vice President of Africa for Forever Living Products, will be in attendance to celebrate the orphanage’s updated facility.

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About Little Saints Orphanage

Home to over 120 abused, abandoned and orphaned children, Little Saints was the first non-governmental, indigenous orphanage to be approved by the Lagos State Government, and it continues to be recognized as one of the most reputable and reliable orphanages registered with them. The success of their three-tiered rehabilitation program results in many orphans going up for adoption & fostering; making room for more underprivileged children, many who are weathering the storms in the streets of Lagos, to have a home and hope. Over one thousand children have benefitted from their program since its inception in 1994.

Learn more about Little Saints Orphanage.