Penny Challenge Raises $2,300 for Books!

Each of our eleven After School Education Programs (ASEP) needs a mini-library of books to support the children’s pursuit of fundamental reading skills.  In one week, the children at Eisenhower Elementary in Jacksonville, IL raised $2,300 to help purchase books for our kids in Nicaragua! At a cost of $1,200 per mini-library their awesome work supplied two ASEPs with much needed books for their mini-libraries!

Feeling inspired to help a child in Nicaragua learn to read through our After School Education Program? You can launch a peer-to-peer fundraiser and help purchase books for mini-libraries too! Click here to learn more!

After School Education Program Equips Vulnerable Students to Succeed

Keyling is a student who has grown in self-confidence and improved performance in reading and math

The ORPHANetwork Local Church Initiative (LCI) After School Education Program (ASEP) builds upon the platform of health that our LCIs establish through nourishing meals and routine nutritional assessments. The purpose of the ASEP is to provide our children the skills and strategies needed to learn and advance in the public school system and break the cycle of poverty in their lives.

The broad goals of the program are to:

  • Increase student aptitude and capacity while developing their faith in Jesus
  • Improve student academic performance in reading and math
  • Educate parents regarding their responsibility to participate in their children’s development and educational success


Instruction takes place Monday through Thursday, 2 hours per day for a total of eight hours per week for the 2-3 levels (depending on needs) of instruction.

The first parents’ meeting at Keyling’s LCI


Parent Involvement: 

The program strategically includes parents so that they can be empowered to take an active role in their child’s education. Parent workshops help parents learn how to support their children’s learning and parents have shared positive changes they’ve witnessed in their children, like better behavior and more self-confidence, since joining the program.

Last year the ASEP was piloted in 8 LCIs, impacting 300 students. In 2017, the program will reach 800 students in 16 LCIs!


The first mini-library was resourced from an elementary school in Jacksonville, IL!


Would you like to help a child break the cycle of poverty through our LCI ASEP? Each of our locations needs a mini-library and at a cost of $1,200, what a great thing to involve your friends and family in through a peer-to-peer fundraiser!

Check out our online fundraising tool here, and please let us know if we can help you along the way!




Partner Orphanage Home Graduation Photos

Casa Bernabe, Puerto Cabezas

Hogar de Fe

Illeana, Belkis, Justin, Junior, Edwin, Paula, Imara

High School and Sixth Grade Grads. L to R: Illeana, Belkis, Justin(6th), Junior, Edwin(6th), Paula, Imara

Casa Bernabe, Veracruz

Yader, Aydalina, and Freydaling - high school

Yader, Aydalina, and Freydaling – high school

Shereen - sixth grade with preschool class

Shereen – sixth grade with preschool class

Yessica’s Journey

Tragically, Yessica Ramsin’s mother died when she was a young girl and although he would take no responsibility for her or her brother’s care, her father soon passed away as well. Loving grandparents tried to step in and care for them, but they were in failing health and too poor to provide much more than the abundant love in their hearts.


Then at the tender age of 13, she and her younger brother were embraced by the Arms of Love (Brazos de Amor) Orphanage Home.  There she received food, clothes, shelter, education, and was nurtured by the caregivers, teachers, psychologists and social workers who give their all for the children they serve.

Yessica Ramsin

Yessica receiving a computer literacy certification this Spring


Fast forward to today and Yessica is 23 years old, just completed her thesis in Pharmaceutical chemistry and has begun working in a pharmaceutical lab!  Two of our “Seven Targets” for the children growing up at our partner orphanage homes, English and computer skills, gave Yessica an edge over her competition and helped her land her first job!


Yessica is a Christ Follower who for many years had been asking God to show her how he could use her for His will.  “I really want to take advantage of the privileges that God has given me and use them to serve Him.” She distinctly recalls the moment she heard from God during church service on August 30, 2015, “It was beautiful. We were praising God and I felt a warm embrace, very close to my heart and an uncontrollable smile grew from ear to ear on my face. At the end of the service I talked with my pastor and he told me “Yes, God has a ministry for you.” This was exactly the truth that I had been searching for.” Yessica has been actively and passionately involved with her church ever since.


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