News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: April 6, 2015, 10:01 a.m.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office recently worked with Orphan Relief and Rescue, Molalla Communications and the Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation to help provide computers to orphans in Africa.
The following statement from Orphan Relief and Rescue explains their organization and the backstory behind the donation. Donation photos are linked above.
DONATION STATEMENT FROM ORPHAN RELIEF AND RESCUE
Orphan Relief and Rescue works with orphans in Liberia and Benin that have simply been forgotten, that no one else will help.
We are fighting for the justice of children. This fight is against child trafficking, abuse, neglect and needless suffering.
In Liberia we are helping honest orphanage directors get their homes sanitary and healthy, and are working with the social welfare offices to see that corrupt and abusive directors are closed down. In April of 2014 we opened the first Transitional Safe House in Liberia that houses the children from the closed down orphanage homes as they transition into safe, healthy permanent places to live.
We are an organization delivering much-needed aid, construction, training and child development programs.
Our desire is to redeem a lost generation of children.
The Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation has been in partnership with Orphan Relief and Rescue for over 6 years now. This Foundation raised the finances in 2009 to construct an orphanage for over 40 children who were living in an internally displaced camp after a 14 year civil war came to an end in 2003. These kids were destitute and had no where to go. Due to the Foundation providing this new home for these children, they have been given a whole new life in a secure permanent healthy home.
This Foundation also provided a much needed 4 wheel drive Nissan Pickup in 2009. This vehicle has enabled Orphan Relief and Rescue to deliver much needed food and supplies to orphanage homes and children in rural areas in distress that would have otherwise been forgotten had we not intervened into their lives.
Over the recent years, the Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation has helped fund a portion of the running of our new Transitional safe home in Liberia, as well provided for a new solar system and back up generator for this home. We are so grateful for EVERYTHING this Foundation has enabled us to do to rescue kids who were in distressing situations before our intervention took place.
A retired Sheriff's Deputy, John Van Huizen has spearheaded these fundraising efforts along with Sheriff Roberts, Mark Koberstein and many others who have selflessly given their time and resources.
Orphan Relief and Rescue is so grateful for the continued involvement of this Foundation, which has played a critical part in many rescue missions for children.
The Sheriff of Clackamas County, Craig Roberts, is an outspoken advocate for children's safety. He arranged to have some older laptop computers donated to Orphan Relief and Rescue. The 10 laptop computers donated by Sheriff Roberts were used by Deputies in their patrol cars, and became out dated and needed to be replaced by computers that were compatible with the new high speed Dispatch Center equipment. The computer's hard drives were wiped clean. It was difficult to find some one who would be able and willing to get them ready for their next life.
This is when Molalla Communications stepped in! Their Board of Directors has been supportive of the Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation, providing donations for the annual Shop with a Cop event in Clackamas County and being a primary partner during fundraising drives for the Orphan Relief and Rescue. Their Information Technology specialist took in the 10 donated computers and was able to "clean them up" and prepare them for use in Africa.
Recently, Tim and Rebecca Pratt, the founders of Orphan Relief and Rescue, met with the Molalla Communications Board, Sergeant Nate Thompson of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, John Van Huizen, 1st Vice President of the Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation, and Mark Koberstein, President of the Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation to transfer the computers over to Orphan Relief and Rescue.
The computers will be put to good use in the Transition Center to familiarize the students with their use and as their skills improve the laptops can be used for school work as well as training for jobs when they leave the Transition Center. Some of the kids who have been cared for and educated through the efforts of Orphan Relief and Rescue have attained their goal of entering into the Liberian University system. A couple of the computers will be set aside to allow them to do homework to be successful at college and in their future lives and the future of Liberia.
The efforts will continue in Liberia and Benin. The challenges of helping the many orphans who suffer child trafficking, abuse, disease, and neglect will continue. Orphan Relief and Rescue will continue to need all the help they can get. Organizations such as the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Molalla Communications and the Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation will always be appreciated for the kids' lives they have saved.
You can learn more on the website for the Orphan Relief and Rescue.
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office