Construction Projects Moving Forward

Photos below include assembly of bed frames, the construction of the extra classroom for the school, and sand and gravel placed on new land for the construction of a store. For more photos from 2017, please visit the 2017 Photo Gallery.







Automobile Delivered to Burkina Faso

Below is a photo of the automobile delivered to Burkina Faso and is on the way to the Paradise Orphanage. For more photos from 2017, please visit: 2017 Photo Gallery.

First Automobile for the Paradise Orphanage

Scott Paskiewicz, from Eastport Bible Church on Long Island, standing next to our newly purchased 2011 Ford F-150 truck. It will be shipped to the Paradise Orphanage next month.

Update from Charles Sawadogo

“Today I was working on the list of the pupils we have in each classroom and I was so happy to see how the number of pupils has increased. This school year, we have got a little more of one hundred new students in our school. We already have $2,850 CAD from the tuition the new students parents paid and we are expecting close to $4,750 CAD to come in at the end of December. We are all so happy to be able to generating such amount within the orphanage. This money will be used to pay the new teacher we hired this year and also to the increase of salaries for some of the workers in the orphanage. We were able to give a loan without any interest to the 3 teachers and 2 workers in the orphanage. We are really happy to see all that happen. Everyone is happy.”

New Moped to Be Used for Errands, Emergencies and General Mobility

We are happy to report that the new moped for the orphanage has been purchased with the donation portion of our Indiegogo campaign this summer. It will be a big help in running errands, serve as an emergency vehicle for anyone who may fall ill and increase the general mobility of the staff.

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Newsletter – Summer 2016

View Newsletter: Newsletter – Summer 2016 (PDF 3.3 MB)

Newsletter Highlights:

  • “This year, 70 of the 120 children are off to the local High School. For them to attend, they must pay an annual amount of $75.00. We can do that! We are asking each of you to make a one time donation to the Paradise Orphanage Scholarship Fund 2016!”

Stone by Stone in Advocate: Documentary filming benefit concert for African orphanage

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Andrew Wagstaff of Amherst Citizen-Record wrote an article entitled, “Stone by Stone in Advocate: Documentary filming benefit concert for African orphanage“. Here is an excerpt:

“ADVOCATE – Almost 7,000 kilometres lie between this tiny seaside community and the city of Kaya in the small West African nation of Burkina Faso.

But on the evening of Friday, Aug. 5, a musical evening at Advocate United Church will bring them closer together than anyone could have imagined. And a documentary called Stone by Stone is capturing it all.”

Benefit Concert on 8/5/2016 in Advocate Harbour, Canada

Foggy Bottom presents a Benefit Concert on Friday, August 5th, 2016 in Advocate Harbour, Canada, for the Paradise Orphanage / Kaya’s Kids. Performers include Cyndi Cain & Youth Choir and Chudi Harris with Michael Cann. The Benefit Concert is being held at Advocate United Church at 7 p.m. Please see the flyer for additional details.

Benefit Concert in Advocate Harbour, Canada

New Shoes for the Children

Money for the shoes was donated from patients and staff at the PT office of Dr. Scott Paskiewicz in Ridge, NY this past Christmas.

View a selection of photos below. For more photos from 2016, please visit: 2016 Photo Gallery.






Update on the New Classrooms

View a selection of photos below. For more photos from 2015, please visit: 2015 Photo Gallery.









Training Session: Children with Disabilities in Institutions

A training session was held in the Paradise Orphanage from June 11-13, 2015. It was initiated and funded by the International Social Service in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Action and National Solidarity of Burkina Faso. These training sessions form part of a project called, “Another future is possible for children with disabilities in institutions.”

View a selection of photos below from the Training Session: Children with Disabilities in Institutions at the Paradise Orphanage. For more photos from 2015, please visit: 2015 Photo Gallery.




Construction of Classroom Roofs

View a selection of photos below from the Construction of Classroom Roofs at the Paradise Orphanage. For more photos from 2015, please visit: 2015 Photo Gallery.


















Fresh Milk at the Paradise Orphanage

View a selection of photos below from the cows and fresh milk the Paradise Orphanage. For more photos from 2014, please visit: 2014 Photo Gallery.













IT Training at the Paradise Orphanage

View a selection of photos below from IT Training at the Paradise Orphanage. For more photos from 2014, please visit: 2014 Photo Gallery.




A Visit to the Paradise Orphanage

View a sample of photos from A Visit to the Paradise Orphanage. For more photos from this visit in 2013, please visit: 2013 Photo Gallery.















Construction at the Paradise Orphanage

View a selection of photos from Construction at the Paradise Orphanage. For more photos from 2012, please visit: 2012 Photo Gallery.



A Young Child Named Guedalia

Myofascial techniques and stretchingDear Friends,

For those of you who are not aware, I’d like to bring you up to speed on an important development. During our recent trip to West Africa, we met a young child named Guedalia who suffered 3rd degree burns to her right wrist and hand when she accidentally placed her hand in boiling oil. I attempted some myofascial techniques and stretching, but could see that the contractures and deformity she developed would require corrective hand surgery.

When I returned to the states, I sent emails out to two highly respected hand surgeons on Long Island to ask if they would consider performing this surgery pro bono. What happened next has been fairly amazing. Dr. Alexander Dagum, chief of plastic surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital, not only agreed to help Guedalia free of charge, but he also presented a request to Stony Brook and within 1 month of the request, they too have agreed to provide all hospital services without charge to the patient or her family. Thank you Dr. Dagum; thank you University Hospital, and thank you God!

Guedalia and EstherThe next hurdle was to fly Guedalia, her Uncle Georges and Aunt Esther Sawadogo from Burkina Faso to NY – JFK, which could run well over $5,000. It took some investigative work to find the right person in Paris, but Air France just approved 2 round trip tickets for 1 adult and 1 child, free of charge on a humanitarian basis. Consequently, our only expense will be 1 adult round trip ticket. Thank you Air France!

The plan is for Georges, Esther, and Guedalia to arrive in NY on November 9th and return home to West Africa on December 7th. The plastic surgery to Guedalia’s hand is scheduled for November 14th at Stony Brook. I’ve attached a picture of Guedalia and her Aunt Esther to this email.

Again, my thanks goes out to Dr. Dagum, SUNY Stony Brook, and Air France for reminding us that there are good people out there who still care!

Warm regards,
Howie

Dr. Howard Makofsky
President
Kaya’s Kids, Inc.

An Update From the Paradise Orphanage

View a selection of photos from An Update From the Paradise Orphanage. For more photos from 2012, please visit: 2012 Photo Gallery.