Here's a very American scenario that's happened to us multiple times: We go to the kitchen pantry on a mission to make ourselves a sandwich... only to find the bread has gone bad. We didn't eat it fast enough. We didn't have a need to eat it sooner. We, though on a tight budget, had more than enough.
We threw our bread away.
Our hearts break knowing that our children are somewhere out there and would do anything for that extra bread. Can you help us rescue and bring them home?
Where did this start?
A few years ago, Brandi and I decided we were going to adopt. We’ve read books on the topic, watched videos, read blogs, gone through all the material from our agency, and most of all... we've cried together. How could we so deeply love a child that we’ve never even met??
When mulling over the subject of adoption, usually the first thought that husband and provider of a family confronts is the financial burden. Yet, for some reason I'm not at all freaking out here... sure, I would never buy a car for that much... and yes, it will double the size of our family (in that we hope to bring home a sibling set), but in my heart I know that you cannot put a price tag on saving the life of a child.
Yes, we know 35 grand is a lot of money, and no, we’re not rolling around in cash. But who cares? You start weighing the cost versus the reward, and you realize it doesn’t matter. $35k is a drop in the bucket compared to a lifetime these kids would have with no parents. These kids literally “age out” of the system and get put on the streets. Most turn to sex trade and drug dealing. What motivation is there to get out? How could they?! They have never had parents or any sort of support structure to give them courage to try. They don’t have any money. They are trapped by their circumstance. But YOU can help change that.
So here we are: Brandi & Jordan. Our little family of three is about to become a tad bit bigger. We’re ready to go all in. The cost is the biggest hurdle, but it’s just a matter of time before we’re flying out to Ethiopia to meet our children.
What's the project?
We’re keeping journals, pictures, and everything we can in order to write a book that will help others who are considering adoption. It'll be a beautiful and inspiring photobook that you will want to share with others you love. Maybe it will even push those who haven’t considered adoption to change their perspective. If we can do it, anybody can. Will you be a part of our story?
This book will be printed once the adoption is final. Brandi’s been working on some pretty cool and memorable crafts that you’ll receive based on how much you pledge. You can also receive a free copy of our book once it’s published.
Why is this so important?
We know so many people who give up on the idea of adoption because of cost, not knowing the ins and outs, and simply not recognizing the need. Here are some worldwide orphan statistics:
- HIV/AIDS has orphaned 17.9 million children, most in Sub-Saharan Africa & Southeast Asia. (UNICEF)
- Over 7 million children are in institutional care worldwide.(SAVE)
- Over 1 billion children suffer from at least one form of severe deprivation of basic needs like water, food, sanitation
- 19,000 children under the age of five died every day in 2011 (UNICEF)
22 million children are refugees or internally displaced, forced to flee their homes due to violence or natural disaster (UNHCR)
- Over 1 billion children live in countries affected by armed conflict (UNICEF)
- 67 million children of primary school age do not go to school (UNESCO)
- See more stats here
Let’s save some lives. Let's put orphanages out of business. Join us! Pledge an amount and help us reach our goal! You're not just giving to a book, you're giving to these kids lives.
(Photos of rewards on blog wechoseyou.org)
Risks and challenges
There are only two risks when it comes to this kickstarter project:
One is that we never raise enough funds.
The other is the potential of on-the-ground tensions arising within Ethiopia and we have to move our entire timetable back. This would put a serious wedge in everything, obviously.
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