Tell us about you, your family, and your work
I have 8 children. Ana Maria is 22, Grace is 21, Michael is 18, Annabelle is 15, MillerAnne is 13, Joshua is 11, JosieLove is 11, and Caleb is 9. I am the co-founder of 147 Million Orphans.
Tell us your favorite charity and why it is your favorite charity.
147 Million Orphans was created to provide the critical needs of children impacted by the orphan crisis and living in poverty. Founded in 2009 by Gwen Oatsvall & Suzanne Mayernick, 147 Million Orphans provides food, water, medicine and shelter in the name of Jesus Christ. The name of our company invokes discussion and brings awareness to the worldwide orphan crisis. Provision begins with the vulnerable child , but we also work to preserve families through sustainable income projects and community reconstruction. This support is critical to break the ongoing orphan crisis cycle.Honduras• $30,000 needed to update, improve and expand the clean water system in Monterrey.• $20,000 needed for home improvements – renovations on homes in Monterrey most in need. This will include concrete floors, metal roofs, exterior siding or block walls, clean water, latrines, smokeless stoves, and pilas (all-purpose concrete sinks).• $65,000 needed to launch new micro economic projects and ministries.• $4,800 needed to support the school feeding program in Monterrey.• $2,400 needed to maintain the current teacher/pupil ratios in the Olivos school.• $7,500 needed to support secondary education scholarships.• $12,000 needed to build a gate in Olivos and begin planning for bringing electricity into Olivos.• $30,000 needed for a new pedestrian bridge in Monterrey. This bridge was lost in Hurricane Mitch in 1998 and has never been replaced. No easy access or direct access makes it difficult for the community to thrive.• $20,000 needed to sponsor medical trips/supplies twice each year. 1200 to 1500 patients are treated each trip.• $10,000 needed for general medical needs. This funds provide for follow-up from 147 clinics and general medical needs in the areas we serve.Uganda/Family Spirit Orphanage• $15,000 needed for a Director’s Home (currently living in part of a school building) design/build, septic, rain harvest gutters and tank.• $5,000 needed for a new retaining wall and rain garden above the new Director’s house.• $60,000 needed to provide food daily for over 200 kids.• $25,000 needed to initialize and maintain a farm project designed to provide fresh produce.• $10,000 needed for a Masindi community project.• $6,000 needed for general education necessities.• Haiti/Respire• $10,000 needed for general medical purposes.If you would like to hear more about our current project needs and how to get involved, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can the community help your charity?
People can donate online to help fund any of them. We also have serving trips so that you can physically go work and see what project that you are helping fund. http://147millionorphans.org/get-involved/servingtrips/
What does beautiful mean to you?
"Beautiful" is a peaceful soul. God has gifted us all with gifts of strengths and weaknesses. There is nothing more beautiful than to watch someone serve Jesus in their giftedness. When one is serving Jesus, the peace in their soul just shines on their face :)
What makes you happy?
Seeing my children serve Jesus by serving others. Putting others before themselves makes my heart smile. THERE IS NOTHING SWEETER!
What is an inspirational quote that resonates with you?
I am nothing; I am but an instrument, a tiny pencil in the hands of the Lord with which He writes what he likes. However imperfect we are, he writes beautifully. –Mother Teresa
What was your experience like having a "women with heart" session?
I LOVED spending time with Erin she made me feel like a “princess” for a day:)