Sunday, March 17, 2019

Project Hope for the Children, Inc: March Madness 4

Project Hope for the Children, Inc: March Madness 4: Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone!   While I do not have any claim to the Irish, I can say that St Patrick himself was a wonderful r...

March Madness 4

Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone!

  While I do not have any claim to the Irish, I can say that St Patrick himself was a wonderful role model of humbleness and forgiveness that everyone should copy and I like to teach my children how to emulate him in those ways. If you are of Irish descent,  I hope you are enjoying your day!

  Anyway, I am popping on to write this email today as we are halfway through the month and our March Madness Fundraiser. Donations are trickling in and we are so grateful to all of you, who have taken the time to sit down and send in your donation! Any and Alldonations are so crucial and we are encouraged when we see yours~ Thank you!

   If you haven't been able to send one in yet, don't feel bad as there is still time! You can donate through Facebook, our website, and the old fashioned way of sending a check to PHFTC 6983 Chase Rd, Fabius, NY 13063.

And here is where some of that money goes for: Travel! My traveling to and from Romania can be expensive and I am going twice this year. (Once for my normal work trip and once to lead a small team of women over to hold babies at our Sibiu Hospital and to bless some of the other foundations we partner with. Let me know if you are interested in going) Last year,travel made up 16% of our budget. We need to pay for airfare, transportation across the border into Romania, Airbnb housing, rental car, food, etc. We shop for the best deals and our conscientious of our money, but still it requires several thousand to make the trips happen.

Here is an excerpt from 2018's expenses for a two-week work trip:

  Airline flight- $1300
  Car Rental- $460
  Fuel- $185
  Housing- $725
  Meals- $642
  Taxi- $120
  Other Travel Expenses - $220


I am staying longer this year, which will allow me more time in each hospital location, with our employees, our partner foundations, and in the shopping of supplies so you understand that that the cost will be more. If you would like to help us meet this budget need, we would so appreciate it!

Thank you for your support and interest!

Blessings,

Mona
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The hospital in Romania

Ramona in the hospital

Jack and Ramona Cummings

Saturday, March 9, 2019

March Madness 3

Hello Again!

PHFTC buys supplies and gives those supplies to the hospitals or foundations. We do not give money as I want to be 100% sure that our money is being used appropriately. However, there are always many needs..

This month, I am looking for new monthly sponsors(and the return of old ones:)

For the amount of $12 a month,(or multiples of that) you could help with the purchasing of three boxes of cereal. When I first entered the hospital 16 years ago, the cribs were filled with emaciated babies. Carrot juice and a cream of wheat mixture was the diet unless someone donated formula. It was heartbreaking to see! One of the first things I started buying was rice cereal to fill their tummies and help put weight on their bodies. Still to this day, we supply cereal to the children in our first hospital. 


Also, toys are always a part of our budget as the babies and children in our care at the hospital sit in their cribs all day, every day. Please consider becoming a monthly sponsor at $10 day (or other multiples of 10). This, for example, would provide two or more toysfor the stimulation and comfort of these children.


Please consider sacrificing a "coffee" or two a month to send us a donation for these amounts. It can be a donation every month or you can make one time donation for the whole 12 months.  You can make the donation on our website or send a check to PHFTC, 6983 Chase Rd, Fabius, NY 13063

Thank you for your compassion and generosity!

Blessings,

Mona
https://www.projecthopeforthechildren.org/support.html

Monday, March 4, 2019

Quotes for Good

Good Morning All!

  Just a quick email to say a thank you to our first friend for committing to be a monthly sponsor.  We still need fifteen more new donors this month. Why is this a big deal? Because it is so much easier for us to commit to projects and helping others when we can plan on a certain amount being in our budget.

If this is something you cannot do, please do not feel pressured! One time donations are just as valuable and we  do understand when someone just cannot donate for various reasons. We still are grateful for your interest, prayers and other ways in which you help PHFTC!

Also, for the month of March, we are collaborating with State Farm for our March Madness Fundraising! If you stop by or call Van Travis (father to two awesome kids from Romania) at State Farm Agency, to get a quote and mention Project Hope for the Children, they will in turn donate $10 to our organization! No purchase necessary. Please share with your friends!


Click on the picture below to send you to their website. 

Blessings,

Mona

Saturday, March 2, 2019

March Madness


Hello Everyone!

   It is that time of year again when we at Project Hope for the Children start our fundraising activities to raise monies to buy supplies for our hospitals, foundations, employee salaries, and travel expenses, etc. This is a major part of our budget and it is a month full of fun and blessings as we watch people give sacrificially to the ministry so that others 5,000 miles away can benefit!
You can go here to see what our expenses were for 2018. 
https://www.projecthopeforthechildren.org/support.html

As this is the 16th anniversary of the start of this project, we are looking for 16 new monthly sponsorship commitments. This can be any amount that you are comfortable with and sent to the PHFTC monthly or in lump sums~ your choice! We have people that donate through PayPal, personal check and even bank checks that are automatically sent to us every month via the bank. If this is something that you think you can do please contact me to select the way that works best for you!

We also just unveiled our new online catalog where you can choose to donate money for specific supply bundles, as well as, a general donation. Click on the link here and it will take you directly the page and let us know what you think! https://www.projecthopeforthechildren.org/catalog.html

Stay tuned for more emails and challenges on our Facebook and Instagram pages!

Blessings,

Mona

Monday, February 25, 2019

Partnerships

Hello Friends!

  Before our March Madness Fundraising starts, I wanted to finish writing about the other half of our ministry. As you know, the hospital work is how this ministry got started, but more and more, I was noticing a need elsewhere. 

Many of my friends had NGO's in Romania and were working directly with parents and their children at a grassroots level. The philosophy is that when you can retrain and empower mothers (and fathers) to care for their families and when you can educate families spiritually and academically then you will see a change. When children are literate and educated about the outside world THIS will end the abandonment issue!

I love this heartbeat and I have seen fruits of this type of training so we at PHFTC started partnering in small ways to help. Last year, we helped four other foundations by donating baby supplies, school materials, appliances, and food! These foundations run preschools, afterschool programs, foster and safe homes, food co-ops, and work opportunities for women (Aka JoyBeadz).

Every year, I look forward to visiting with the directors or managers, seeing the improvements and asking how we can bless them that year. We have had seen so many signs of improvement and even though we are small, we have seen where God has used us when fundraising for another foundation has been low. It has been so awesome to be part of this project and we thank you for the part you have played in it!

Please enjoy the pictures of the places and people we have shared about and if you have time click on the pictures to go to their links and see what their ministries accomplish.

Also, I am excited to announce that our website now has an online catalog where you can "order" supplies by donating to something specific! This is a great way to get your family, classroom, home-school  or Scouts group and Sunday School class involved! Let me know what you think! https://www.projecthopeforthechildren.org/catalog.html

Association Smile and Hope for the Future



New Life for Children


Forget Me not Ministries


Romanian Relief/Humanitas

 Blessings,

Mona

Thursday, January 17, 2019

A New Year

Dear Friends and Supporters,

  It has been a while since I have written to you and I apologize. I am determined to do so more frequently in 2019! 2018 was a bit tumultuous for our family and I had much on my plate. Our son needed some extra caring for and we received more diagnosis of possible ADHD and Autism on top of his other challenges. My goal is to love each one in my family at the level they need and my life was full with that and directing the ministry oversees. Even with all that, God has blessed us here at PHFTC so much!

 We have a fabulous Board that has come alongside me and so encouraged me! We have some volunteers that help us, one being Samantha, that graciously and almost effortlessly keeps up our website! Our employees, Alina and Dora, are wonderful with the children and communicating with me and our Volunteer Liaison in Sibiu, is one of the most gracious and selfless women I know! I cannot tell you how much in awe I am of what has evolved over the years from my simple girl's heart.

We are still a very small non-profit. This year we have a budget of $35,000 and we are totally going on faith for that, but we see much need and know that consistency in our service in the hospitals and with the foundations we support is key to having a good testimony in Romania. Every year, we are given a new opportunity or a new way to serve the children and families there and we want to be ready and able to say, Yes!

Let me re-cap 2018 a bit for you:
1. We had a brand new worker (Dora) in the Sibiu hospital and she gained her footing quickly, as well as, the respect of the staff. I was so blessed to work with her this year and watch her affection for the babies and attention to detail.

2. We helped four foundations with their beautiful ministries this year. They had basic needs such as: food, hygiene products, appliances, detergent, fencing, school supplies. It was such an honor to assist each project and meet with each Director while in Romania this year. These people are so committed to their ministry, but often shackled by finances. I love being a part of each of their foundations!

3. Alina continues to work in the Oradea hospital and spread joy to each person. Her contract was up this year and the hospital was not signing it. We were concerned about our continued efforts there. After months of waiting and praying a former director intervened and recommended Ali and I and the contract was then signed!

4. After jumping through several hoops, I was allowed back into the Oradea hospital to work for the two weeks I was there! I was overjoyed to hold the little ones that have such a bleak life ahead of them and see first hand the needs!


As we go into this new year, we need your support more than ever!  We recently found out that one of the foundations in the hospital is pulling out and we are taking over the supplying of those areas. Another foundation is waiting to see if their contact will be renewed. We assist this ministry with supplies, as well, but if they are forced to leave, we do not that the money to hire the three woman they employ to work with all the children left without help in the hospital. Thankfully, we do not have the amount of children abandoned at the hospitals like we used to, but it would still be devastating.

My airline tickets are purchased to go for three weeks this summer and my family will be going with me this year to help and learn! I am so excited about this as each year my heart yearns more and more to live in Romania for parts of the year (maybe one day). PHFTC also is planning on a short service trip in November for ladies!! If interested, please let me know!

Lastly, be thinking or praying about your involvement this year.. What gifts and talents can you bring to this ministry? Is there anyway that you can help us meet our budgetary needs? Become a monthly sponsor, perhaps? Open your church or organization up to having me present our work? Please visit our website, www.projecthopeforthechildren.org , to see our goals and financial statements or to donate.

I'm excited to see our growth this year and all that will be accomplished!

Many Blessings,

Ramona

*Bottles labeled by last name for the babies.
 
*Supplies for the Special Needs Safe Houses and Preschool Program