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My Comfy Kits: February Spotlight

Our February Spotlight is shining bright on The Read to Succeed Foundation!   "The Read to Succeed Foundation was created 7 years ago by Emily Spector. At age 12, Emily had a growing awareness of the world around her and was deeply saddened to hear the number of...

New Year and New Beginnings in Russia

New Year and New Beginnings in Russia

As of January of this year, The Harbor in St. Petersburg welcomed new men and women to its Residential Program!  The Harbor, a nonprofit ministry in Russia, aims to help transform the lives of orphans who have been emancipated in the country. One of the ways it does...

Serving on Lesvos with Euro Relief & Refugee Network

Orphan World Relief has had a two year relationship supporting refugee kids on the island of Lesvos in Greece. Our partnership with the Refugee Network and Euro Relief continues.

Currently, Euro Relief is requiring all volunteers to stay a minimum of one month. In the past we had a special arrangement allowing teams to serve for one or two weeks. That is no longer the case. As you can imagine, many of the people that have expressed interest in going back to Lesvos find it difficult to stay that long. Due to this requirement we do not have set times for teams to go. If you are able to go either as an individual or a team, please let us know and we’ll put you in contact with our Refugee Network partners.

Autumn in Russia

Autumn in Russia

At the beginning of the pandemic, things seemed to be going okay for our friends at The Harbor in St. Petersburg, but as time passed, the Russian government has made some changes... Since COVID began, The Harbor hasn't been receiving many grads from orphanages due to...

Hope Runs Deep in Honduras

Hope Runs Deep in Honduras

Hi everyone! It's been awhile since our last blog post, but we're back! The past few weeks I (Cassidy, OWR Development Manager) have been vacationing and moving into my first home with my husband and dog, Willow. I hope you can forgive me for the lack of posts...

News from Russia!

News from Russia!

Our friends at St. Petersburg, Russia have been persevering through the pandemic, making sure all children are first priority.From Alex Krutov: "Recently, we found out that orphanages will keep the kids in the city for the month of June. However, for the months of...

Updates from Ukraine and Russia!

Updates from Ukraine and Russia!

     We're almost halfway through the year, and looking back at these past 6 months, all I can say is "thank goodness!". 2020 has been rough, really rough. The entire world has been affected by this pandemic that never seems to end.      Thankfully, our international...

Updates from OWR International Partner Programs

Updates from OWR International Partner Programs

Hi everyone! I hope you're enjoying this beautiful Monday - the weather is definitely brightening my mood today. As you all know, we are in month 2 of the pandemic and quarantine. I've been actively keeping up to date with our international partners and how they are...

Positivity During Uncertainty

Positivity During Uncertainty

Note: Names and locations have been changed for safety purposes. The Harbor in St. Petersburg, Russia recently shared a couple of great news/updates that have happened in the past two months. It's refreshing to see the good when we are constantly bombarded with the...

Update from Orphan World Relief

Update from Orphan World Relief

At Orphan World Relief, we recognize the challenges you're facing. During this current crisis, we support you and pray for you. President, Doug Riggle, recorded a quick video to express our heart-felt love for all of you during this time and hope that we can be as...

Coronavirus & Moira Refugee Camp

Coronavirus & Moira Refugee Camp

Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the world with people hoping for an end to this pandemic that has already killed thousands and threatens to infect more. In the midst of COVID-19, the mission to help refugees on the island of Lesvos, Greece still...

Superhero Run: History & Impact

Superhero Run: History & Impact

     Nationwide Children's Superhero Run is quickly approaching! As we prepare for the April 26th race, I've asked Orphan World Relief President, Doug Riggle, and Hilliard Davidson High School Assistant Band Director, Luke Schultz, for their thoughts on the race and...

Students Joining the Cause!

Students Joining the Cause!

     Hi everyone! It's Cassidy with the latest update on all things Orphan World Relief!      Within the last couple of months, high school students from around Columbus have expressed interest in fundraising for Orphan World Relief. I got to meet up with these kids...

Alana’s Journey at Jeremiah’s Hope

Alana’s Journey at Jeremiah’s Hope

Note: Names have been changed for security purposes      Jeremiah's Hope, located in Ukraine, has been an international partner of Orphan World Relief for years. We are honored to come alongside this group in its mission to help orphans and bring hope to children in...