11.2011
Helping Orphans in Peru

Last month, KidsFirst Foundation board member Deb Rigney and her husband and former board member, Scott, traveled to visit the Hogar Orphanage outside of Cusco, Peru. In partnership with Peruvian Hearts, the Foundation donated $2,500 to buy 30 new mattresses, pillows, sheets and blankets for the girls living in the orphanage. Prior to our donation, the girls were sleeping uncomfortably on thin foam pads that were very old.

"The girls were so excited to pick out the color for their mattresses and their new sheets that you would have thought it was Christmas," said Deb Rigney. "They couldn't wait to go to sleep that night and they were also thrilled with the laptops, vitamins, underwear, socks and soccer balls that were donated by the Foundation and mutual friends. It was such a great experience to help meet some of their needs."

The Rigneys were travelling with 10 other people on their trip and the group was so inspired by the Foundationís support that they pitched in too. The group of 10 raised an additional $1,000 to purchase 30 blankets and backpacks for the girls.

Currently, more than one million children live in orphanages in the former Soviet Union. Only about 15,000 are adopted each year.
The KidsFirst Foundation has already made a difference in the lives of many children and families.