There are so many ways we can change and impact the world for the better so if you happen to be looking for some new ways to get involved check out Project Liberty International, Inc.
I am always very cautious about who and what I donate money to and for good reason. Many “charities” aren’t doing all that they claim with our hard-earned money and are either wasting money we give or even worse.
Project liberty is a small organization compared to some of the worldwide relief organizations, but it is no less important.
Jennifer Jestes Chana started the organization 16 years ago when she moved to Africa at 24 years old with just a heart full of love and a passion to change kids lives.
A couple years before she had gone on a ministry trip to Africa and after returning to the U.S. she quickly realized that Africa had captured her heart. She knew she belonged there, so after much prayer and working 2 jobs for 2 years to save money, Jenn went back.
She traveled and volunteered at orphanages in South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and even a few in Mexico. Her goal was to find out what model of orphan care was most successful. And she learned what worked and what didn’t. After feeling like a “family home” was where the kids thrived best she decided to return to Mozambique Africa and rent a house. By the end of the first month she had 15 orphans living with her! She had planned on getting settled and educated in the language and culture and preparing the house for at least a year, but God had other plans.
Clearly, she did not have what she needed to provide for all these kids, but she began a walk of faith! A journey that would change her life.
She spent 5 years being Mom to these orphans, running the home, and living in a local African community. Her goal was to figure out what worked and how to solve the problems these kids faced.
In 2006, Jen made a brief trip back to the U.S. to set up a 501( c) (3) called Project Liberty International, Inc. Some of her goals were things like solving the current problems of orphans in MOZ, creating programs for the prevention of HIV/AIDS. She wanted to address unemployment among the older orphans, the need for education for these children and the basic teaching of life skills. The heart of the project has always been centered on Jesus Christ and sharing the message of his love and salvation to the children, but meeting their basic needs is of course the most important thing that must happen on a daily basis.
All this time Jenn had been doing this amazing work as a single woman in a dangerous city where crime and riots and bombings are a normal part of life. But two years ago, God blessed her with a husband
and I can only imagine how thankful she is to have a strong pair of arms to fall into when the work of being Mom to a very large family feels overwhelming.
Since moving to MOZ, Jenn has purchased land and began the long and difficult process of building a permanent orphan home further out away from the city. They can grow food and build a school and offer even more to these amazing young people that have faced such devastation in their lives. Currently because of lack of funds the building project is on hold and Jenn and her husband, Chana, have now rented a second home in the city to accommodate the ever-growing family.
As you can imagine the hardships that they face trying to manage on average 20 orphan children ranging from toddlers to young adults, is very difficult and requires involvement from other passionate people.
Currently they are struggling and behind on rent and with a $2000 a month food bill to feed them all things are tight because money is limited to what people are willing to give.
Due to the terrible economy in MOZ, the cost of living has experienced a 100% spike. Gas, electricity, food and rent all must be met every month. Monthly rent is $900 along with the $2000 cost for food and their limited donor funds are taking a hard hit. And those are only the very basic survival needs.
Please consider checking out Project Liberty at http://www.libertymozambique.org where you can learn more and make a donation. You can sign up for monthly donations through PAYPAL or make a one time donation. You can also follow them on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/projectlibertymozambique/?fref=ts
Just $50 a month can literally change a child’s life! That money for us is as simple as maybe giving up the $2 a day fancy coffee or lunch out that we didn’t really need so a child can have 3 meals a day for a month and a safe place to sleep at night!!! Think about that!!!
Donations can also be sent to Project Liberty PO Box 1025, Bethany, Oklahoma, 73008.
We aren’t all brave enough to move to Africa and take care of orphans, but we all could come up with a little extra money to help feed them.
Despite all of the struggles of life in MOZ, Jenn and Chana strive to keep life as normal and family centered as possible!
These are just some of the precious lives that have been saved and are now in a loving home because one girls passion to do more and because of donors like you and I that keep making it possible for her to be there!