When you think of the Reliv Kalogris Foundation, you might think of thousands of children fed through hundreds of feeding centers in nine countries around the world. While we are very proud of those numbers, we are proudest of the difference the RKF is making in the lives of each individual child, every one with a story uniquely his or her own. Continue reading “RKF in Action: From the Dump to the Head of the Class”→
As the Reliv Kalogris Foundation celebrates 20 years of helping people around the world, three employees share their experiences visiting the continuing effort in Haiti. Celebrate with us — make plans now to join the RKF 20th Anniversary Celebration at International Conference.
Love Conquers All
By Reliv HR Coordinator Matt Bell
What do I remember most from Haiti? Love. I’ll never forget the love exuded by the kids at the orphanages from the first day we met until the final morning we said our goodbyes.
The Reliv Kalogris Foundation announced at the Next Level International Conference in Kansas City that last year’s “Be the Change” Challenge brought in over $50,000 for the Foundation! Thanks to all of you who participated. Winner Betty Andrews raised more than $7,000, and her two runners-up, Louise Kohl and Robert & Lauren Laird, added another $8,000 combined. Betty and husband, Ken, will join us at the Reliv Children’s Home Christmas party in Haiti in December.
The challenge continues! This year’s theme is “Be the Change — a Little Goes a Long Way.” Everyone won’t go to Haiti or raise $1,000+, but every little bit helps. Raise $25, for example, and you will help us feed five kids for a month.
So what can you do? Sponsor an event. Open your own FirstGiving page. Challenge someone to a friendly fund-raising competition. It all helps our Reliv kids. This year’s challenge runs from August 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Get on board, and BE THE CHANGE! For details, check Facebook or call Reggie at 636-733-1395.
The Reliv Kalogris Foundation has completed its latest building project: a nutrition center for impoverished children in Welfareville, a depressed area in Mandaluyong City, Philippines. The Foundation raised funds for the project through last year’s annual Rally for the Mission at the 2012 Reliv International Conference.
Through our partnership with Mount Zion Church of the Firstborn (MZCF), this building will be used for the distribution of daily Reliv shakes, two hot meals per week, choir practice, worship services, day care, life skills training and as a clinic for visiting doctors. Thanks to the generosity of Reliv Distributors, these children can look forward to a brighter future.
In Welfareville, shanties house as many as 10 family members, exposing all inhabitants to contagious diseases. Quality nutrition is in vital demand. Of the 60,000 people that live in Welfareville, only 160 children benefit from our program. With your help we hope to add to that number in the years to come. Learn more.
RKF Chairman R. Scott Montgomery hands out cups of Reliv Now® for Kids to needy children. For many of them, this life-giving nutrition is the only way they recognize the care and concern of others. The three-story RFK Nutrition Center stands as a symbol of hope while providing needy children with the nourishment they need. Welfareville is made up of shanties covering approximately 250 acres with the skyscrapers of downtown Manila as their backdrop.
Himig Pag-asa Children’s Choir performed songs of hope and joy at the building dedication ceremony. These children are thriving with better health and social activity. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new nutrition center took place in May. Reliv staff members Shannon Jurenka, Reggie Ament and Scott Montgomery were on hand to celebrate the event. The group from Reliv headquarters was greeted by a parade of children carrying signs of gratitude.
Welfareville, a Philippine community of 60,000 squatters living on government-owned land subdivided into 42 blocks, is made up of small shanties that normally accommodate 6-10 family members. The overcrowded environment and lack of resources produce poor living conditions and an increased risk of contagious diseases. The children grow up in an atmosphere of little hope.
But right in the heart of block 37, under the direction of Pastor George and Blessie Padilla, 160 children in the Reliv Kalogris Foundation’s nutrition program are receiving a hot meal two times a week from Pastor George’s church and a daily cup of Reliv Now® for Kids from the RKF. In spite of their living conditions and daily challenges, these children show their gratitude by singing of their joy and sense of hope. Many Reliv Distributors have heard the Himig Pag-asa Children’s Choir in the Welfareville video played at the past two conferences. We are excited to announce that Welfareville is the location for our next building project.
Building a Future
Groundbreaking has already taken place for the new building that will provide a safe place for the children to receive their daily shakes. This simple three-story structure will protect the kids from the intense heat in the dry season and exposure to rain during the wet months. It will also house:
a daycare center to help prepare the kids for formal school
community activities and youth events
mini-clinics held by visiting doctors to provide free medical care
livelihood training programs for parents
…and a place for the choir to practice!
Amid challenges of building in such a confined space, the building is progressing and should be completed by late spring. RKF Chairman R. Scott Montgomery and Director Reggie Ament will attend the dedication in May and we will be featuring the finished building at the Reliv 25 International Conference in Orlando. This project was made possible by donations from the 2012 Rally for the Mission. To those who made their tax-deductible contributions, thank you! This annual fundraiser is much more than a morning of entertainment at conference; it is also a means to provide a safe and healthy environment for another group of Reliv Kids. See you at this year’s Rally in Orlando!
Dr. Rod and Rosalind Porter, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Since joining Reliv in 1996, we have been able to help countless people address two of their most important concerns: health and finances. Another passion of ours is taking mission trips to Africa, Central America and South America. We take about 2,000 pairs of glasses each trip, which are donated through the Lions Club. The vast majority of people we see have never had an eye exam and are so appreciative of our efforts. We are very thankful to the Reliv Kalogris Foundation for their ongoing support and the difference it has made in our mission work.
Tony Pezzullo and Joni Schwartz, winners of the Reliv Kalogris Foundation’s “Papa Noel” letter writing contest, joined the RKF on a trip to Haiti in December. This is their story. Continue reading “A Beacon of Hope”→