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Love Gift

Love is more than an emotion. It’s an action that leads you to help a woman who cannot help herself. It’s a way of walking and working with God to help a father support his family. It’s a practical act of service that meets the needs of a hurting boy or girl. Your love gift will help the people who need it most: children who will otherwise die from starvation, girls who have no choice but to become sex slaves, and parents who’ve given up hope. Love changes things–your love gift will change their lives.
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Girl smiling

Love has a name that suits her well. The five-year-old girl is brimming with love for everything around her: her family, her teacher, and especially her school. She loves to read and write; she loves to color and draw; she loves to run around the school grounds with the other children.

Love is also deaf. In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, the monster storm that destroyed the infrastructure of her home on the island of Grand Bahama, she also lost the ability to engage in many of the things she loves most.

“Love, like a lot of other children, lost everything in the flood,” said Nicola Knowles, a teacher for the hearing impaired and Love’s one-on-one tutor at school.

That included all her school supplies, access to her tutor, and the ability to communicate. Because sign language requires visibility—something Love lost every dark night for a month—the little girl could not be heard.

And without power, she could not go to school and continue her crucial education, either.

“Any setback in education is detrimental for us,” Ms. Knowles said. “I know that sounds serious because she is only five, but if at five she lags behind…we have to catch up her whole life.”

The setbacks are obvious. Not only does Love need to learn the normal curriculum, she needs to learn how to communicate within that curriculum.

“We almost work at like a double pace in here,” Ms. Knowles said. “Because in addition to her having to learn all of the curriculum, she has to learn the vocabulary that goes with every word.”

When schools on the island finally began to reopen at the end of 2019, students were ill-equipped to start learning again. Hurricane Dorian had robbed them of their school supplies and their joy.

But thanks to your support, all that had changed for the students—more than 7,000 students received new backpacks filled with school supplies.

Love is one of those students. It is hard to imagine a child happier than Love was the day she opened her pink bag and pulled out the brand-new supplies, excitedly signing to her teacher as she beamed with each new discovery—markers, glue sticks, erasers, pencils, and so much more.

Thanks to your dedication, generosity, and—yes—love, we can help where needed the most. Just ask the 7,000 students who urgently needed our help after disaster struck. Your LOVE was and continues to be received.

Girl smiling

Love has a name that suits her well. The five-year-old girl is brimming with love for everything around her: her family, her teacher, and especially her school. She loves to read and write; she loves to color and draw; she loves to run around the school grounds with the other children.

Love is also deaf. In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, the monster storm that destroyed the infrastructure of her home on the island of Grand Bahama, she also lost the ability to engage in many of the things she loves most.

“Love, like a lot of other children, lost everything in the flood,” said Nicola Knowles, a teacher for the hearing impaired and Love’s one-on-one tutor at school.

That included all her school supplies, access to her tutor, and the ability to communicate. Because sign language requires visibility—something Love lost every dark night for a month—the little girl could not be heard.

And without power, she could not go to school and continue her crucial education, either.

“Any setback in education is detrimental for us,” Ms. Knowles said. “I know that sounds serious because she is only five, but if at five she lags behind…we have to catch up her whole life.”

The setbacks are obvious. Not only does Love need to learn the normal curriculum, she needs to learn how to communicate within that curriculum.

“We almost work at like a double pace in here,” Ms. Knowles said. “Because in addition to her having to learn all of the curriculum, she has to learn the vocabulary that goes with every word.”

When schools on the island finally began to reopen at the end of 2019, students were ill-equipped to start learning again. Hurricane Dorian had robbed them of their school supplies and their joy.

But thanks to your support, all that had changed for the students—more than 7,000 students received new backpacks filled with school supplies.

Love is one of those students. It is hard to imagine a child happier than Love was the day she opened her pink bag and pulled out the brand-new supplies, excitedly signing to her teacher as she beamed with each new discovery—markers, glue sticks, erasers, pencils, and so much more.

Thanks to your dedication, generosity, and—yes—love, we can help where needed the most. Just ask the 7,000 students who urgently needed our help after disaster struck. Your LOVE was and continues to be received.