Buffalo Wild Wings

Help us in fundraising for One Life to Love, an Orphanage in New Delhi India! By dining with Buffalo Wild Wings on Route 1 in Princeton, July 13th, Aug.17th, Sept. 21st, Oct. 19th, Nov. 16th, Dec. 21st, and Jan 4th. Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 15% of your total bill to this Orphanage.

The One Life to Love Home of Hope focuses on rescuing children from the streets and providing them with a nurturing home where they can live the health life that every child deserves. Some are homeless, some are lost, some are abandoned, and others are victims of human trafficking. A large percentage of these children are physically and or/mentally challenged.

 

Through this home, we hope to also sensitize and educate the children’s families and communities about special needs children.

 

For more information visit: http://onelife2love.org

Direct donations: https://app.mogiv.com/onelifetolove/angelinacifelli

Contact: AngelinaCifelli10@gmail.com

 

Print your tickets here: OLTL Tickets 7.13

Puja’s DayCare Established

While 5 of our children are going to school, we still have 5 children who are not able to go to school and need a lot of care and attention at home. With Puja’s crisis came a revelation- we need to open our home to children in need. We are now reaching out to government hospitals and social organizations encouraging them to send children like Puja to us for DayCare. We are scheduled to hold an awareness campaign in three nearby slums to find out if there are any other children in need of care and protection. Please be praying for these events and for us to be led to those who are in need.
As we branched out, informing the hospitals and local community about our DayCare, we received a number of people who offered to volunteer their time to care for and educate our children. We also invite anyone reading this who is interested in volunteering with us to please contact us directly. We would be grateful for your services!
If you’d like to support the DayCare, you can do so by donating here: https://app.mogiv.com/onelifetolove/general

Yogesh Lalotra Certified BY IAHRW

The Indian Association of Health Research and Welfare is a group of researchers, health practitioners, social workers and students that promotes quality, indigence and cross-cultural researches, to provide research database to researchers, to build a platform for researchers for scholarly discussion to enrich thoughts for generating new ideas in psychology, education, special education and other health sciences, and to publish quality books, journals and scales and to provide them to researches at their doorstep to promote the discipline of psychology.
Recently, Yogesh Lalotra, along with other members of our In-Country Program Management Team, was certified in Autism Assessment and Intervention. Here he is seen being awarded by the founding member Dr. Neelam. Congratulations, Yogesh!

Love Knows No Boundaries by Alexandra Berrocal

This past January I was given the opportunity of a lifetime to travel across the world to North India. I’d always heard of India, enticed by their delicious cuisine and beautifully colored garments but I had never added it to my list of travel destinations. It seems palm trees and clear blue waters had claimed their rightful positions on my top five list. It wasn’t until Courtney established One Life to Love in India that I began to wonder what India was truly like.

She’d told me of the high poverty rate in India and the many kids living in the slums that she wanted to save. Courtney had also told me about the kids she had brought into the home and how their lives had drastically transformed after only a short time of living there. Every story, tugged on my heart strings a bit more than the last and I became even more curious on what is was like over there.

I had been planning to make a trip to India for awhile and this past January turned out to be the perfect time. Being on the Board of Directors, I knew a lot about the orphanage before arriving in India but actually being there was totally surreal. I had the opportunity to stay at the orphanage with one other board member for one week.

We stayed in one of the rooms at the orphanage along with 2 boys from the home, Dipu and Ravi and their caretaker, Sima, oh and Happy, the family dog. Every morning we were woken up by the sound of Happy playfully running around and Dipu entertaining her, bouncing his favorite tennis ball that we later found out he always kept handy in his pocket, while stating one of his favorite American phrases, “Good boy Happy.” Happy happens to be a girl which made this statement even cuter! We could also hear the joyful sounds from Ravi, who has been unable to talk since birth but his joy shines through his bright smile and laugh.

Dipu and Ravi only understood a few words in English but love truly has no word barriers. We were able to play games with the boys, go to the park and enjoy meals together. It was an amazing experience. We also went to the store to purchase clothes for the boys and Sima, toys, and learning activities. When we presented Dipu and Ravi with their gifts, they were ecstatic. Their smiles lit up the room and they were so thankful.

Before we had given the boys their new clothing, we gave Sima her clothing and she humbly asked us if we had gotten clothing for the boys also. This really touched my heart. I felt so content knowing that Dipu and Ravi have such a caring woman watching over them. She told us that she prays for the children every day and that we would soon have a house full of boys! The home is filled with such love and that is just what these kids need.

I am so grateful I was able to experience firsthand how the children at the home are living and I feel blessed to call Courtney, the Director of One Life to Love, one of my best friends. She is an inspiration for people to follow their God given dreams and change this world. I pray that God fills One Life to Love with children that are looking to be loved and appreciated because I know that they will surely find what they are looking for.

Love always,

Alex

Heart For The Home by Taysha Carroll

My journey to India was a great success and I have you all to thank for that. Your many kind words and blessings helped ensure I had safe travels and that I was able to shower the boys at One Life to Love with love and affection. Working on the Board of such an awesome organization is an amazing feeling in itself, however visiting and living with the children who make up the organization was a life changing experience. I stayed at the orphanage for two weeks and I was able to eat, sleep and play with the boys all day long – the  joy in their eyes made it extremely hard for me to part ways with them on the last day. 
Ravi and Dipu, two of the boys who are currently living at the home full time, especially touched my heart. Although Ravi, age 7, is unable to speak, due to an unhealthy pregnancy by his mother, his smile spoke volumes and his dance moves echoed pure joy. Ravi also suffers from excessive hand tremors, so while on our quest to  buy new toys and books for the home we picked up some building blocks (Lego’s). Within only a hour of practice Ravi was able to stabilize his hand long enough to completely stack the blocks! After every success Ravi eagerly clapped his hands in excitement.
Making sure we always felt at home was Dipu, age 10.  Although he does not speak English he knows key phrases such as, ‘Good Morning’, “Chai?’ and ‘Good boy’. Every morning Dipu would say ‘Good Morning. Chai?’ From the time we arrived at the Home Dipu had a ball in his hand; I now know that he keeps it on him at all times in his sweatshirt pocket. He is a very active child in regards to sports, however his ADHD and short term memory loss makes it difficult for him to concentrate on his studies. In addition to a racket ball game set, we bought Dipu an array of flash cards that will help him with alphabets and word associations… all in English!
Time with these boys made my love of giving back so much greater. In life we all have moments of weakness, but try living with an illness, in the slums, without parents who care – that was Ravi and Dipu’s case until we brought them into our home. Living in India for two weeks taught me the value of life – In this country there were tons of low class citizens and they were some of the happiest people I have ever met.  Living life with the bare essentials was not an issue for them as long as they had food, shelter and love.  I’ve come back to America with a new understanding of life – happiness is the highest level of success.
Wishing you all love, peace and happiness.
Taysha, Secretary of the Board of Directors

Deliverance in the midst of suffering

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February 5, 2014

Today is a beautiful day, one that I am sure we will remember forever. The day we admitted our first three children into the home. I was so excited when we got the call from some parents to “please come and take” their children. I got in the van along with my two fellow servants, Gracy and Chandan and I felt so excited and grateful to God, while yielding to whatever was in store.

My excitement did not fade, but my urgency and heartbreak for the people increased as we journeyed to the slum. It never gets easy to go out in Delhi, because there are scenes of suffering wherever we go.

On the way I saw a boy no older than 8 years, standing ankle-deep in waste, digging for some “treasure” to supply food. I saw small girls 6 and 7 years old cradling their younger siblings, hair disheveled and bodies emaciated.

When we reached the entrance of the overcrowded slum, a dog lay in the middle of the street, both its hind legs broken, struggling to drag himself to the side of the road out of the path of oncoming traffic. People walked by disinterested. Just a few feet inside the entrance of the slum, 3 and 4 year olds were waiting in line to fill their small bottles with the water that literally trickled from the water supply tap that supplies water for hundreds of people.

My heart aches, and I want to cry and I want to help everyone and everything. I cannot bear to see suffering. When I see suffering, my mind breaks down and I wonder “why why why” until I can figure out “how how how” to bring relief. If there is no HOW then I find myself up in the night praying because sleep won’t come easily. My life is so small, in length and foolish according to common ideals. But I can say with my full heart that I would rather spend my life lighting a candle in the darkness than frolicking in the light in apathy.

Please meet our three boys:

Ravi (5 years) pictured with one of our servant leaders, Sudhit

Vishal, 16 years, is severely mentally handicapped.

Anil: 16 years, is a happy camper 🙂

A few yards into the slum, we reached Vishal’s home. Before actually reaching the front of their home, Vishal’s father came toward us. “Please take him today,” he asked. We told him that he should first come and see our home, and then if he was willing to admit his son then we would take him. But he refused. “I don’t need to see your home. Just take him now.” Our hearts were broken and we tried to hide the reactions of shock and heartbreak from our faces. “Ok, we will take him.”

Vishal’s father was satisfied, and pulled back the curtain of their home. There was Vishal’s mother, standing in a space smaller and more congested than any closet I have seen. When she shifted a little to the left, I saw a long thing leg. Vishal was curled up behind her, crunched into a small cabinet-like space. Seeing us, he gave a shy smile. He got ready and came with us, without shoes on his feet. His parents explained that he has never worn shoes.

Then we moved deeper into the slum to reach Anil’s home, barefoot Vishal following us. On the way we stepped over garbage and cow dung as we maneuvered by small children playing, pull-carts, potholes, autos, and rickshaws. When we reached, Anil was all ready to go. His mom even got his hair cut for the occasion. Anil’s mother had tears in her eyes. She even confessed, “Out of all my children, I love Anil the most.” Anil’s father however is severely mentally disturbed and constantly threatens Anil’s mother to lock him in a closet and get rid of him. She wants the best for Anil and her hope is that he will be completely healed. God can do anything!

Ravi and his parents met us at Anil’s home. They were somber yet indifferent to the situation. Ravi’s mother had just given birth to a baby girl, yet another “burden” on the family. They were ready to give up Ravi in order to relieve their burdens and hopefully have their son restored to health so that he can one day work and support his poor parents. Ravi, a joyful little guy, gave a big laugh and shook our hands, happy to see us again.

During the medical checkups with a doctor in a local government hospital, Vishal was overcome with joy. The doctor asked him to sit down, so he immediately squatted on the floor. With some coaching, the doctor got him to sit in the chair. He was so excited because, as his mother explained, it was the first time he had ever sat in a chair.

After all the medical checkups were done, we all shared a meal together, and had a time of prayer, the parents slipped away, unnoticed by the kids. At this point, we all breathed in and breathed out, in awe at this miracle of God. All we could think was, “Thank you God, thank you God, thank you God!” “We need you God, we need you God, we need you God!” And He is with us, guiding us and leading us every moment with His precious children.

As we sat with the kids that night, Gracy, one of our Servant Leaders, sat down next to Anil. She helped him drink his tea. He took a big gulp and Gracy wiped the saliva from his mouth, telling him, “I love you so much and I will continue to love you so much,” with tears in her eyes. She was so happy, thankful to God and absolutely ready to take on the challenge of caring for these children, all so that they will be healed and transformed in the name of Jesus!

Thank you so much for praying for us! We need your prayers now more than ever. Since receiving these three boys, our phone has been ringing constantly with parents and guardians asking us to please take their special needs children. We want that Vishal, Anil and Ravi will be completely transformed by His love. But we also want their parents to have an encounter with God through their children. Please pray for the kids and their parents.
And remember our servant leaders in your prayers. All are working so hard and have dedicated their whole lives to caring for these children. And their hearts are set on taking in more kids and opening more homes like this for children in need. The need is great, but our God is greater!!

Thank you for praying and supporting us!
We could not do this without you ☺

“Sing to the Lord! Praise the Lord!
For He has delivered the life of the poor…” -Jeremiah 20:13

From the Hearts of Children

Ellie gives to children


From the Hearts of children come the most honest, enlightening and inspiring words, actions, and thoughts. I love my time in the USA traveling and sharing and meeting different people with a common heart of compassion for needy children in India. But when I meet children who are just as compassionate, if not more, I marvel at their potential of bringing positive change to our world in the future. And I pray that compassion and love is nurtured until they are fully ready to set out and shine their dazzling light all over the dark places of our world.
Nearby my hometown there is a remarkable young girl named Ellie. Her family has supported me and prayed for me since the time I started working in India among street children. They have a common heart for orphans and even have adopted children of their own. It is obvious that God has blessed Ellie with the awesome and powerful gift of compassion. She has an unbelievable heart for the “kids in India”. For her birthday, Ellie didn’t ask for the latest toy on the market, cool clothes, fun games, or other things kids usually ask for on their birthdays. Ellie asked that in lieu of gifts, her friends and family give her cash and gift cards so that she could buy things for the kids in India.
She was so anxious to give these things to me to bring back to the kids in India. I was so happy to finally meet up with her a couple weeks ago at a fundraiser for One Life to Love. The photo you see above is of me with Ellie as she shows me all the sweet gifts she got for the kids.
When I think of Ellie and other children like her I think of the boy who gave his lunch to Jesus to feed 5,000 in Matthew 14:13-21. The disciples must have laughed when the boy offered that meagre meal to feed such a large group of people. But Jesus saw the sincerity of the boys giving heart. I believe that boy shared in Jesus’ compassion for the multitude, and rather than fill his own belly, he wanted to help the others whom he saw at that moment as more important than himself.
It makes me think. God doesn’t look for grand gifts and incredible donations. He is pleased with those who give out of the purest compassion and desire to help with a faithful and willing heart to be used by Him to impact the multitudes. I am sure, absolutely sure, that Ellie’s gifts will impact the multitudes.
Thank you Ellie, from all the kids in India!