A Boy Returned to God

Dear Friends and Partners,

This is the worst moment of our work. We are getting through a very difficult moment at the orphanage since yesterday around 3:30 pm. A boy named SAWADOGO YACOUBA returned to God. There is a lot of questioning, but God knows what He does. It’s even more painful to have to share such bad news with you.

Last Friday he didn’t get out from the room. He was sick as usual we thought. We gave him medicine thinking he was just suffering from malaria. Two days letter and he was still sick. We phoned a nurse that came and requested that we bring him at the hospital for medical testing. Monday morning he got the medical tests, but stayed with his brother who lives in Kaya waiting for the results. In the afternoon, they returned to the hospital, but the doctor requested that he stay at the hospital. Before serious treatment could start, he had already passed away. It seemed like he was suffering from hepatitis B and he had problem with his liver. The doctor needed his urine for more test, but he couldn’t get it.

Yacouba was about 20 or more years old and was a high school student. He suffered a lot in his life and he was just starting to enjoy life.
He has a very special story. He was a normal little boy living in a small village in Kaya. He felt sick and lost the use of his two legs. The sickness deformed an important part of his body. He was found by a couple of French missionary providing health care in the villages. They took him and brought him in Kaya where he got two or three very difficult surgeries. The surgeries helped him a lot but he couldn’t still use his legs. He used a wheelchair to move. The missionary put him in a family in Kaya and wished that he could go back to school. His school was far away and this was a huge problem for the persons who were taking care of him to bring him every day to school. This situation brought YACOUBA to the Paradise Orphanage in 2010. He could then stay with the 120 children we have and attend school within the orphanage. He was falling sick very often. But, two or three days of treatment at the hospital was enough to put him on feet and he could go back again to school.

During the time he spent at the orphanage, many miracles happened in his life. He arrived in a wheelchair, but with the power of prayers, he has left the wheelchair and started to walk little by little using two crutches. He left one crutch and walked using only one. In 2016, we got a visit of an anointed pastor at the orphanage on a Sunday. During the prayer time, the pastor prayed for him and ordered him to leave the crutch and walk. He started with a lot of difficulties, but a miracle was on the way to happen. Since that day, YACOUBA didn’t use again a crutch. The same year in November 2016, he was baptized. He was an excellent student and his teachers appreciated him. He was so special, a very nice and responsible boy. Since the 8 years he stayed with us, we didn’t hear anything bad about him. It’s a huge loss, but God knows. Please pray for us and for the children.


Construction and Having Fun at the Paradise Orphanage!

Here are photos and a video of the children working on a construction project and having fun at the Paradise Orphanage.

For more photos from 2018, please visit the 2018 Photo Gallery. For more videos from 2018, please visit the 2018 Video Gallery.

Celebrating Christmas Message and Photos

Here are the children celebrating Christmas at the Paradise Orphanage. Here is a message from Charles Sawadogo:

Merry Christmas to You All,

We spent a big day yesterday with the children at the orphanage. We have chosen December 22nd to celebrate Christmas at the Paradise Orphanage. We are so thankful to you all for praying for us during the whole year. We want specially to thank Pastor Jeremy Herr and his wonderful family for bringing joy and happiness in our children hearts this Christmas again. They received new clothes, a great meal and had a great party. May God richly bless you.Thanks again and God bless you.

Charles Sawadogo

For more photos from 2017, please visit the 2017 Photo Gallery.

2017 Winter Update from Howie Makofsky, Director of Kaya’s Kids, Inc.


As we prepare to celebrate Christmas early next week, we want to thank all of you who have prayed for, encouraged and donated financially to the Paradise Orphanage this past year. With your help and God’s provision, we have seen: 1. The completion of the primary school (plus we added two more teachers); 2. Construction of the wall for the new high school; 3. A new dug well on the high school property; 4. The submission of an application for a second nonprofit (Kaya’s Kids Canada); 5. Plans for a new computer lab based on a generous $15,000.00 donation, and 6. The continued progress made on the documentary, Stone by Stone – The Building of the Paradise Orphanage by the Canadian filmmaker Elisabeth Gimber and her crew (Elisabeth, Mark and Robert spent two weeks this past October filming at the orphanage and had an amazing time). Please visit: Stone By Stone – the documentary for more information. What a year! Thank you all so much!!!

If you’re looking to get behind a Christmas project with your family, we’ve provided information here for our 2017 Comfort and Joy Campaign. Think of our kids, all 120 of them, sleeping on a real bed. We need just 60 more and as Carla Veitch would say, “We can do this!” We know you’re busy, so we’ll end it here. Enjoy!

Warm regards,
Howard & Frances Makofsky

Well Deserved Rest for the Parents of 120 Kids!

This photo captures a rare moment when Esther and George actually were just relaxing at the orphanage on a Sunday. This is more than deserved after all those years of building!

For more photos from 2017, please visit the 2017 Photo Gallery.