Have you ever seen something truly tragic and thought as you passed by, perhaps leaving a few dollars, “someone should really do something”?
Gene and Arlene Rumley had an experience like that while visiting India and decided not to just leave a few dollars, but instead to really do something.
Gene explains what they saw. “It is estimated that there are 15-20 million orphans in India. Girls, especially, are considered almost worthless, especially the ones living in extreme poverty. Thousands of children are digging in garbage dumps, abused, abandoned and prone to child trafficking. It is also estimated that there are over 300,000 street children living in Mumbai, India alone.”
Gene and Arlene created Mission for Orphans to provide for the care and feeding of the orphans in India.
Arlene explains, “For over the past ten years we have been raising funds to help feed, clothe and help educate the orphans and street kids, working with a family in India that we’ve known for almost 30 years. Presently, we are raising funds to complete the building of a Girl’s Home for 150 orphaned girls and a separate housing for 50 babies. We partner with Vision Rescue in India. This on the ground team works in the slums of Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai feeding, clothing, educating and offering medical support.”
“We are reaching out and helping to rescue boys and girls from lives of hopelessness and despair to lives with a future filled with hope. Mission for Orphans will help transform the hearts and future dreams for desperate children that have lost both parents. The goal is to build homes where girls and boys are loved, educated, and grow up as responsible citizens through breaking the cycle of poverty and discrimination,” Arlene concludes.
Right now they are crowdfunding on Indiegogo in hopes of raising enough money to build a home for girls.
On Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 4:00 Eastern, Gene and Arlene will join me for a live discussion about their work in India and the crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the home for girls. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.
More about Mission for Orphans:
Mission for Orphans is a non-profit organization that started in 2004. Mission for Orphans has One Purpose, One Passion, One Mission…..to Rescue the Children, primarily in India. Mission for Orphans is a grassroots organization that is raising funds to rescue children out from extreme poverty and give them a future filled with hope.
Gene & Arlene are the founders of Mission for Orphans, Inc. They are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of orphans & street children in India. Their vision is to raise finances & help rescue the suffering children from abuse, hopelessness & child trafficking.
They have worked in global marketing, conducting leadership & personal growth training to thousands of men & women over the past 40 yrs. Gene is a certified trainer/coach with the John Maxwell global team. Their greatest joy is to see children free from bondage, hopelessness, abuse, and even child trafficking. Presently, they are raising funds to complete the building of a new Girl’s Home that will house 150 orphaned girls. Facts show that there are over 153 million orphans worldwide and approximately 20 million living in India.
Over the past 10 years, Mission for Orphans has helped support a Vision Rescue Team, on the ground in India, that feed over 1,200 street kids, one meal a day. They also give them basic education on 4 converted school buses. Gene visits the orphanages and street kids in the worst of slums. Mission for Orphans also supports 5 orphanages with over 200 children.