In 2009, Christian on a Mission raised enough funds to buy a dozen ceiling fans, 5 brand new washers and 5 brand new dryers. Before these state-of-the-art appliances came in, the workers at Casa Bernabe Orphanage had to hand wash all the kids’ clothing – 65 kids in total (ages 2-18), where it was an every day chore, taking up to 10 hours per day. With the new washers and dryers, the ladies just throw the clothes in the washers, cook or clean while the clothes are washing, and then throw them in the dryers when they are done. This has saved them so much time and energy while leaving the children’s clothes that much cleaner and tidier.
Christian on a Mission also bought a dozen ceiling fans for all of the dormitories – the girls and the boys – each and every single room. Also, ceiling fans the for kitchen area and the large living spaces were installed. Plus, all the window screens were replaced as well as all the faucets, sinks and showers in all of the bathrooms. In all, Christian on a Mission donated close to $20,000.00 in 2009 and 2010 in renovations for the Casa Bernabe Orphanage in Nicaragua.
You can see the “before & after” shots of how it used to be to how it is today. A world of difference with all these new washers and dryers and ceiling fans. With temperatures in the 90’s throughout a good part of the year and the orphanage grounds covered with a ton of dirt and mud, these much needed ceiling fans and washers & dryers is exactly what these 65 beautiful kids and their loving staff needed. It all was possible through the love of GOD and through the efforts of a hands-on ministry appropriately called Christian on a Mission.
Christian On a Mission’s teams come into an area and work with the local service providers (our partners). Together we identify families, children, people, or community issues and/or needs that must be addressed that can not be serviced using current capacity. A project plan is put into place and together resources are gathered, supplies and services needed are procured and the project begins. A lessons learned meeting is always conducted at the end of every project to insure the goals have been met, what could have been done better, what additional resources were needed, was there any scope change in the plan, how did the community help, and what was the impact of the project. This information is documented to insure each project gets better and as additional areas of need arise they can be identified and a plan put in place to address for future projects.
To insure our programs are operating at peak performance and providing the Outcomes necessary to meet our goals and objectives Christian on a Mission performs the following:
Monthly overview meetings with each Partner to address current projects to insure the project schedule is on target and within budget, added capacity is being achieved, quality of life is being enhanced and more people are being served.
- Revise project plans where necessary and define new scope of work – everyone signs off before project is resumed.
- Monthly status reports are reviewed and rolled up into a quarterly report for review by an outside program evaluator to insure everything is on track, funds are accounted for, milestones are on target, lives are being changed, and communities are showing a positive impact.
- Outreach is being expanded
- Problems or roadblocks are being addressed
- Goals and objectives are being met
This information will be used to evaluate the efficiency of our programs, resources, partners and community involvement.
Our projects cover:
- Renovation of current housing, or supplying housing for individuals and/or families. Providing plumbing repairs electrical repairs, roofs, etc. to insure safe and sanitary living conditions.
- In the orphanages we fix roofs, install ceiling fans, replace windows, re-screen existing windows, fix or install plumbing along with many of the following.
- Provide Clothing
- Food and fresh water
- Health issues – provide funds to cover check-ups, and doctor fees to address diseases and outbreaks (measles, chicken pox, AIDS etc.)
- Dental – work with local dentist to get services probono or low cost to designate a day for services for the identified community.
- Thanksgiving dinners
- Christmas programs and toys for the children
- Recreational programs such as Basketball camps and leagues – after school programs from 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM designed to keep the youth off the streets, out of trouble and to build relationships for our mentoring program. In some areas we actual build the Basketball courts and maintain their Soccer fields. We provide uniforms, balls, hoops etc.
- Education and mentoring programs – designed to help the teens and all youth choose positive lifestyles and make positive life choices, address conflict resolutions, self esteem building, family and school relationship building and “stay in school contracts”.