Be a Hero...in the Life of a Child

We all see the ads on television that shock us with the desperation of children in the developing world, desperation that is very real, but many of us wonder how much of our donation goes to care for the child and how much goes to cover administration fees.

The 100% Model

Our 100% model was set up in response to one of the main obstacles to people becoming donors – the percentage of a donation that is retained for administration. Be a Hero makes it simple – 100% of the funds donated for child or home sponsorship are sent overseas directly for those purposes, and not one dollar is held back for administration or overhead.

Be A Hero is a humanitarian organization which works internationally to raise awareness and advocate for children who are “at risk” due to poverty, child labour, homelessness, sexual exploitation and trafficking, AIDS and war. Through networking with other humanitarian organizations, ministries and partners worldwide, Be a Hero is making a difference in the lives of thousands of children. Founded in 2003, Be a Hero is a faith based registered charity, whose head office is located in Kelowna, B.C., with branches in the USA and Australia. 

Be A Hero has several types of partnerships available: administration, child sponsorship, home sponsorship and Brick Project partnerships. Since initiating the policy that no percentage of donations designated for projects or child/home sponsorship goes to administration, admin costs are covered by Administration partners.

Child sponsorship enables individuals to financially support a ‘child at risk’ in a developing country on a monthly basis. Sponsorship provides a child daily necessities, education and medical care. A sponsor receives a letter from their sponsored child four times a year. Home Sponsorship is similar to child sponsorship except that the sponsor’s money goes to care for all the children in an orphanage and helps cover the cost of operations.

Brick Project donations are used to build homes, orphanages and schools in various nations where children at risk, orphans and children rescued from sex trafficking are housed and receive counselling, education, food, clothing and protection and most of all, hope for the future! Some countries where Brick Projects are occurring are India, the Philippines, Mozambique and Myanmar.

Another exciting opportunity that Be a Hero provides is the chance to take a “Hero Holiday” to visit one of our children’s home, projects or an individual’s sponsored child. In 2016 Hero Holidays will be taking place in Kenya, India, and Southeast Asia. 

Clinton’s Story

Clinton Otieno was born in southwestern Kenya, the eldest of five children.  His parents married young, a common practice in their village, and his mother was just fifteen when he was born. His father was a firewood vendor while his mother concentrated on farming to provide maize and vegetables for the family. Both were diagnosed with HIV and passed away in the same year. His youngest sister, who was born HIV+, also died a few months later. 

Clinton was eight when he lost his parents. Being the eldest, he did casual jobs to support his younger siblings and by nine he was fully employed weeding farms. He lost many things as a result of his parents’ death, one being the opportunity to go to school regularly. In 2014 Clinton and his siblings came to live at an orphanage run by a Be a Hero partner in Kenya, where he attends school and can be a child. Clinton is now twelve years old, likes playing soccer and says his favourite food is fried chicken. He has a Canadian sponsor who helps provide him with the good life he now enjoys....YOU too can be a hero in the life of a child in the developing world!

Visit us at www.beahero.org or call 1.888.738.4832 for more information on any of our programs, to become a child sponsor or to leave a legacy.

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