DSC_0008Meet Mommy Okikiola and Mommy Favour Girl……yes that is what we call them. These are two of our caregivers in our program. They take care of Okikiola and Favour.

Mommy Okikiola is actually the Aunt of Okikiola. Okikiola was abandoned by her father when she was very young. A few years later she was then abandoned by her mother. When we met Okikiola she was not in school and she was with living with her Aunt. Her Aunt was owing 3 terms of school fees to Okikiola’s school and was voiceless and exhausted.

Mommy Favour got pregnant out of wedlock when she was very young and the boyfriend abandoned her. She was living with her mother and trying to complete  seamstress training. When we met her Favour was not in school because she didn’t have money for school fees. She was voiceless and exhausted.

dsc_0206.jpgA year ago a missionary in Egbe showed me a trivet from Burundi she had bought that was made out of bottle caps and African cloth. She told me I should try and see if I could do this in Egbe with our caregivers. With the help of google I was able to learn how to make these beautiful pieces and train Mommy Okikiola and Mommy Favour. They make one piece about every 3 days and get paid immediately upon completion.

C.A.R.E. Africa’s vision and mission is To Invest Courage into the Voiceless and Exhausted. Empowerment is one of the many programs we offer to accomplish this. Both of these women have been empowered by learning how to make trivets. Help us empower them by purchasing one, two or three trivets for Christmas this year. They are only $8.00 and have the C.A.R.E. Africa label on the back stating that they were handmade in Nigeria. Order now to have yours by Christmas! Visit our Etsy store at http://bit.ly/CAREtrivet to place your order.

 

 

Orphan Sunday

Posted: November 11, 2018 by Patrice Miles in C.A.R.E. Africa, Egbe, Egbe Nigeria, Miles In Missions, Nigeria, Orphans, Prayer

You're invited to an (1)Orphan Sunday is today!

Please pray for C.A.R.E. Africa!

 

Pray for our children’s walks with Lord as they discover who he is and how much he loves them!
Pray for the strength of our staff as they serve our children and caregivers.
Pray for God to continue to guide our leadership giving us perseverance  and wisdom in decision making.
Pray for the community we serve in, Egbe, to come alongside us in support and encouragement.

8 Weeks Till Christmas!

Posted: October 31, 2018 by Patrice Miles in C.A.R.E. Africa, Egbe, Egbe Nigeria, Miles In Missions, Nigeria, Orphans, SIM

8 weeks

Screen Shot 2018-10-25 at 3.13.14 PMAre you starting to make you list of everyone you will be buying presents for. Teachers, neighbors, friends and family. Please consider purchasing a C.A.R.E. Africa 2019 Wall Calendar for someone you love, and support our ministry in Nigeria. What a great way to bless that special person every month of the year as they get to see our kids smiling faces on their wall. They will know that their Christmas gift helped our kids, caregivers and staff. Click http://bit.ly/CARE2019calendar to order today so you can have it before Christmas.

If a calendar isn’t for you then please visit our Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/CAREafrica  for all types of amazing handmade purses, jewelry, skirts  and housewares. When you check out ask for a C.A.R.E. card and we will make sure your gift comes with a card that will introduce your special recipient to how their gift helped our ministry!

 

Brrrrrrr

Posted: October 29, 2018 by Patrice Miles in Uncategorized

Another blog from Titi.

Plantains Please

IT IS COOOLLD Y’ALL….and the party just started. I just wanted to let everyone know that I am still alive even though the extreme weather of Pennsylvania is trying to kill me, so keep praying that my body adjusts well. Less than 40 degrees is starting to be the norm here, brrrrr. I don’t think we’ll see the likes of 70 degrees anymore this year, till next year.

So I helped out at a church called One City this evening, they had a ‘trunk or treat’ and we were able to share the gospel too. It was awesome, minus the fact that Maddy and I were freezing. ‘Wise’ me didn’t wear boots, I only had flat shoes on. I had no idea. My toes were so numb I thought at some point they’ll fall off, boy oh boy I am not looking forward to January. Its cold now but its…

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My home made birthday cake from Lenny and kids.

Thank you to all my friends, family members and supporters who made my birthday so wonderful. I spent my birthday in Kano, Nigeria with C.A.R.E. Africa, SIM, Lenny and kids. From coffee lattes and cake with my friend Jocelyn, to shopping for fabric in the local market, a package from the USA with a awesome t-shirt and a surprise homemade cake from Lenny after a 5 hour drive back to Jos from Kano….it was a great birthday.

Icing on the cake was that my birthday wish of getting a playground for my kids in Egbe was granted. Thanks to everyone $2,104 came in, of the $2,400 that I had asked for. I am so excited about this and cannot wait to send you all pictures of the kids playing on the new equipment. I will head to Egbe in a few weeks to start working on this along with many other items. Please pray for safe travels along with wisdom and discernment from God as C.A.R.E. Africa continues to grow.

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Coffee Lattes and cake in Kano.

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Fabric shopping with my favorite shopping partner!

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My birthday gift all the way from America by post in only 11 days.

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Dream come true!

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me (Patrice), Happy Birthday to me.

Everyday my kids have recess time where they run out to a gated dirt playground with nothing but a ball and some jump ropes. My Birthday is on Sunday and I cannot think of a better Birthday wish than a Playground for my kids at our school. The joy it would bring to my heart to get to see them playing on actual playground equipment would be the best birthday present ever!

Please consider donating to our playground for my birthday! Click https://www.gosponsorit.com/careafrica/playground to donate.

DSC_0175Recently there was a large football (soccer) competition in Egbe that was hosted by the  Elder Leke Abejide. He is currently contesting for Federal House of Representatives 2019 for Yagba West Constituency. Part of his election campaign was to develop grass roots football in Yagba Land.

The competitions was called Youth Unity Competition and was held May through June across the Local Governments of Yagba Federal Constituency, which comprised of Mopa, Amuo, Yagba East and Yagba West. There were more than 15 teams that participated in the competition.

DSC_0296 (2)Vessels (C.A.R.E. Africa’s sports outreach team) came top of the preliminary round that was played at Yagba West level. They then went on to qualify for the finals and they won against Success Stars of Isanlu. which is a very experienced and fit team. This is the first major trophy award won by Vessels after eight years of existence. In addition Vessels Team was given the Most Disciplined Team Award.

This experience has created awareness for our sports outreach program. Many football players have since signed up to join the Vessels team some which are even M*slims. We are excited about our team and their success and we give God all the glory. Support our team and our sports outreach program by clicking the following link. https://give.icareafrica.org/careafrica/sportsoutreach