Dian's Letters

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givelight-children-orphans-asia-cambodia-summer-2019-250x188-2I arrived in Phnom Penh in the blazing heat of the summer sun.  It was 104 °F.  But I was so eager to see our children as it had been five years since my last visit. 

givelight-children-orphans-morocco-grand-opening-article-image-1The phone rang at midnight in Oujda, Morocco on Friday, July 27th. The voice at the other end announced that his majesty Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco, would be sending me a letter on the occasion of the grand opening of our new home and that I must be ready to receive it the following morning.  Between disbelief and excitement, I found it rather difficult to sleep that night.  I kept thinking about how amazing and full of mercy our Lord is – He continuously blesses me and my GiveLight family in our effort to build yet another beautiful home.

givelight children orphans gaza ramadan iftarUpdate: We are grateful to the overwhelming responses from our friends for our iftaar - a collaboration with Palestinian Children Relief Funds (PCRF). We reached our goal within three days! We will continue providing iftaar for our children in our other GiveLight homes. You can continue to donate through the donation app Feeling Blessed using this link and choose any amount. May you be blessed manifold for your generosity during these last ten precious days. We look forward to sharing pictures of happiness and smiling faces from Gaza.

givelight children orphans bangladesh 2017I had been waiting to return to visit Bangladesh since the opening of our beautiful GiveLight home in December of 2014. Located in Savar, a village on the outskirts of Dhaka, the land is surrounded by lush and green trees and the home is a sanctuary for 50 girls who have lost one or both parents. Last year, I had booked my ticket to arrive in June, but sadly I had to cancel the trip at the last minute due to a bombing in Dhaka.

givelight children orphans dian sri lankaI woke up to a crisp morning the day of my departure to Sri Lanka. I anticipated that traffic would be light as it was just a few days after the end of Ramadan and millions of people had gone home to celebrate Eid. I was right. The ride from my parents’ home on any given day could take more than an hour. That day it was 35 minutes.

givelight children orphans indonesia ramadanThrough His infinite mercy and the generosity of so many of our friends, we were able to make Ramadan extra special for our children in all our homes.

givelight-children-orphans-10th-anniversary-stars-universe-pic2Dear Friends And Supporters of GiveLight,
We send our heartfelt thanks to all our friends who were able to join us at our amazing 10th year Anniversary gala last Saturday. We enjoyed the joyous and momentous event with all of you.  We loved all of the smiles, joy and passion as we appreciated our last 10 years, and now we look forward to our next 10 years. We missed those who could not join us. 

10-years-after-tsunamiDear friends and supporters of GiveLight,
Our hearts are heavy with the weight of seeing so much cruelty in the world. But we must remind ourselves that even in the worst of times we have the choice, the ability and responsibility to do what is right. GiveLight came into existence in the wake of the deadly tsunami of 2004. What started from a tragedy is now bringing light to many orphans around the world.

Dian's visit to Aceh Noordeen home 2014I arrived at our Aceh home on a windy, bright sunny morning. The children had been anticipating my arrival and I had been anxious to see them. As I got out of the car, they rushed to greet me with their warm smiles and hugs. Two years had elapsed since our last reunion and we all felt a strong surge of happiness to be reunited in our beautiful home after such a long time.

Dian Sri Lanka Visit 2014Our home in Sri Lanka came into existence on March 31, 2013 after two years of construction. It was built on land donated to GiveLight by a team member, Shahram Marleen after the sudden death of his beloved father. This was Shahram's way of honoring his father, and continuing his legacy.