Portraits of our Foster Children
A compendium of letters and images from children we sponsor.
by Hennie and Guido Deboeck founders of the Deboeck Family Foundation
This book is about our foster children. In 1996 we started sponsoring three children, but this has grown to 15. Over time we got to know 28 kids which are living in poor communities in 20 different countries. All these kids have over the years sent us letters; lots of letters. My wife dug into these letters and extracted imported quotes; I scanned some 200 photos we received. These photos show how these children have evolved; how their communities have become better off.
This book provides "portraits" of each child we got to know; it describes their family, the community where they live and what the community issues are.
This book also touches on the Arlington Academy of Hope in Uganda where John and Joyce Wanda established a school, a clinic and a school farm in the village where they originally came from. We support two girls in that school. For a while we also were concerned about the street children in Ulanbataar in Mongolia. This book touches on the work of International Action, a Washington-based non -profit that focuses on bringing clean water to thousands of individuals in Port-aux-Prince, the capital of Haiti. In short, this book is about our charity work over many years.
This book is a wonderful present for the holidays : both adults and children can learn from it how other kids in the world are living and what every one of us in the richer countries can do to make their lives more interesting.
Hungarian Rhapsody of Light Photography by Otto Raggambi Published June 30, 2010
Letters from Opa Published March 17, 2009