Dear Family & Friends,
As I sit here and try to compose a letter to explain this new journey I will be embarking on, I am overwhelmed with the love I feel. I feel so incredibly lucky to have been offered this unbelievable opportunity and, more importantly, to have so many wonderful people whom I can fall back on and ask for a little help.
This last year, I have been able to find my true passion. I have been able to volunteer at the Sacramento Children’s Home North Crisis Nursery and have spent countless hours with the less fortunate. I have been able to love children that rarely feel a hug or get to sit on a lap and have a story read to them. I get to go to sleep at night knowing that, for at least tonight, these children’s bellies are full, they are warm and most importantly, they are protected. However, I find myself wanting to do more, wanting to experience more and wanting to spread my love even further.
I have a heart that believes that everyone is good until they show me otherwise. I want to believe that everyone is here for the bettering of someone else, that if we all show one random act of kindness per day, the world would be completely different place. I am selfless to a fault.
With this being said, I was introduced to a wonderful organization called Hope For the Silent Voices (HFSV). HFSV is a not-for-profit organization founded with the goal of bringing attention and resources to the severely neglected, disadvantaged, abused and those discarded by their family, culture or society globally. Hope For The Silent Voices is committed to giving a “voice” to these individuals and groups as they have neither the resources nor means for doing it themselves. HFSV’s purpose is true to my heart in impacting lives through demonstration of genuine care, interest and life change.
On December 29th, I will pack my bags and fly to Cambodia, where I will spend 16 days caring for the orphans at the Lighthouse Orphanage in Phnom Penh. I will also travel to safe houses for trafficked girls, the Steung Meanchey garbage community and other nearby areas of impact. The trip will cost roughly $3,000, which is due on November 31st. This amount will cover my airfare from LAX to Asia, transportation to and from the airport as well as the work sites, a daily allowance for meals, Visa entry and exit fees, and travel insurance. This price does not include my airfare to LAX and other miscellaneous travel items.
I am asking for your help in several ways. First and most importantly, I am asking for your prayers. Pray for our protection as we set out to touch the lives of the less fortunate. Pray for my strength as I embark on this life changing experience and pray for the many innocent children I will encounter. Secondly, I am asking for your financial help. I am sensitive to the fact that many of us have been affected by the economical downturn, however, every penny counts, no donation is too small! There are three ways to give:
1. Go to Hope For the Silent Voices’ donation website at DONATE
On the last step before you submit the donation please press comments and add my name.
2. You can mail a check directly to Hope For the Silent Voices at:
Hope For the Silent Voices
310 Forsythia Dr.
Deerfield, IL 60015
All donations to HFSV are tax-deductible.
Checks need to be made out to Hope For the Silent Voices and please make sure to put my name on the memo line.
3. You can also mail or give me a check. Please note when sending me a check if you want the amount to go towards my personal expenses (i.e. airfare to/from LAX) or directly to HFSV.
Thirdly, the orphans are in need of numerous items. If you are interested in sending items they need, I can personally deliver them for you. Please email me and I can forward you a detailed list of items desired.
I plan on starting a blog within the next few days to document my journey and keep everyone that has contributed up to date on this wonderful experience. Please email me if you would like to receive my blog information.
Lastly, I cannot begin to thank you enough. Your prayers, your financial contributions, your donations to the orphanage are all greatly appreciated. Just remember a random act of kindness can change someone else’s world.
Lots of love,
Life is an Adventure! Winter 2012 Update: Kristina Ozkan
December 29, 2011 by eazywanderer