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December 2015



Blessed for a Purpose


Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Graceworks Board, we want to thank you for your attendance at and generous support of our Graceworks' annual fundraiser in September, "A Little Bit of Africa IX." We are thrilled to report that the money raised at our event will provide a solid foundation for yet another year of education support and assistance with food and other basic needs for the children and youth in our Graceworks program in Kenya.  Graceworks' 2016 Gala Event Silent Auction Area

To add to that good news, our "Fund a Need" donations received at the event have put us in a very good position to provide a more efficient and modern kitchen facility at our community center where many of our children and youth receive weekly meals. I can't wait to see the looks on the faces of our hardworking cooks once it is finished!

It is only through your faith and generosity that Graceworks is able to grow and flourish, and that we continue to impact the lives of children in Rwika, Kenya, as well as locally here in Orange County. For all that we have received and can share, we are exceedingly grateful!

Blessings,

Dr. Susan Njemanze Founder and President of Graceworks

Graceworks Board of Directors: Alison Conard; Darrell Dudley; Jacqueline Adams; Jay Bauman; Mary Salgado; Robert Meaux; Robin Lyall; Sharon Portman.


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Who we are:

Graceworks is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable organization based in Orange County, California. The mission of Graceworks is to help break the cycle of poverty and despair for orphans and vulnerable children by providing them with broad based support and educational opportunities. Our goal is to promote productive self sufficient individuals and sustainable communities.

The Problem:

Every family faces a crisis of one kind or another during their lifetime. Fortunately, most families are able to weather the storm using available resources within themselves, their extended families or their communities. However, there are certain instances where the crisis leaves families devastated and unable to cope, especially when it involves the death, absence or incapacity of a parent with young children. In such cases, the children are often the most vulnerable victims.

The Solution:

Graceworks has programs in Orange County California and in Kenya Africa that help children and families in need due to parental illness, death, incapacity or absence.

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Why We Help In Africa:

 The HIV/AIDS pandemic has destroyed millions of families around the globe leaving many children orphaned and in crisis. The majority of these are in Sub-Saharan Africa where over 14 million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS. In Kenya alone, there are an estimated 1.2 million HIV/AIDS orphans. The effects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic coupled with poverty have particularly devastated children in rural communities as they are less likely to benefit from many assistance programs due to lack of accessibility. Rural families have therefore had to rely more heavily on extended family support. Unfortunately, the pandemic generates orphans so rapidly that those traditional safety-net structures are no longer able to cope. As a result, many affected children find themselves in desperate situations, usually with no one able to provide adequate care for them, leaving them with little chance for a hopeful future. Graceworks assists such children with, food, clothing, medical care, emotional support, and education.


Who We Help in Orange County California:

In keeping with our mission of providing broad-based assistance and support to orphans, vulnerable children and youth, Graceworks reaches out to needy children in Kinship Foster care in our own backyard of Orange County, California. Kinship Foster Care is defined as “residential care of children by relatives.” When families experience a crisis that results in the absence or incapacity of parents, many children end up in foster care, with relatives, or with single parents who struggle to care for them. This is because we no longer have orphanages in the United States. Children can also end up in Kinship Foster Care due to issues of abuse, neglect or abandonment by their parents. There are an estimated 63,000 children living in Orange County California being raised by relatives, and a majority of these are living with elderly grandparents with low or fixed incomes. We help children in kinship care in Orange County with access to community based resources and supportive services.


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Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or wish to be involved in any of the projects above. Graceworks derives support from partnering with individuals, churches, corporations, civic groups, and with other charitable organizations. All

To donate please send a check to: Graceworks, P.O. Box 1239, Anaheim, California, 92815. You can also give through the website http://www.graceworkshopenet.org/help.html. To contact Graceworks by email send to: info@graceworkshopenet.org.