The dolls posing for a photo with the wonderful people who made them.
Anne with Rose, originally from Liberia, she now lives and works in New York. Her niece from Liberia came to participate in the Commission.
Cloth dolls in tent cities improve the quality of life
My new friend
The choice to leave their communities is usually because of financial hardship and betrayal by those leaders to whom they put their trust. It is not a decision they can make publicly. It has to be done in secrecy or they would not be allowed to follow through. Because of this, most of them literally leave with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
Launfal also works to provide similar help to young men who have been banished from the polygamous communities. They have little or no formal education, resources, or even a place to sleep. Without support and encouragement, they often end up as homeless beggars or worse yet, prostitutes working the streets of Las Vegas to survive.
Thousands are being helped by Launfal across the Intermountain West.
The United Nations building.
How tightly she holds on to her newest friend.
Anne with Severina Lemachokoti from Kenya. She founded the Naretu Girls & Women Empowerment Programme.
In June, 2016, The Launfal Foundation donated 200 dolls and 200 toy cars to be sent to Greece for some of the Syrian refugee children in the refugee camps. The kids were very excited to receive such beautiful gifts.
You can read more about their work in Greece with refugee children at their facebook page.
One week of donations awaiting pick-up
The Launfal Foundation was privileged to be invited to join with Big Ocean Women and attend the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York City, NY. RoseAnne Gunther was originally invited to attend, but was unable to go. She felt inspired to ask Laurine Mefford and Anne Worden to go and represent the wonderful men and women volunteers at Launfal. People all over the world were impressed by the work that is accomplished here.
Laurine and Anne were able to present for 7 minutes each to a group of over 100 people at a local church. They highlighted the work that was done with a slide show and encouraged other organizations to follow this tried and true model of volunteers giving of themselves in the service of others. David Mefford, who accompanied the women, was given 5 minutes to testify of his support for these women seeking to improve families and communities around the world.
It was a pleasant surprise to find that the attendees were generally not seeking for money or aid, but knowledge to build their communities, empower and protect their women and girls, and strengthen their family organizations.
We are currently working to fill a container that will be sent to refugees in Uganda. These refugees are flooding the country from South Sudan, where civil war has killed over 50,000 people and displaced over 4 million over the past 5-6 years. Two million of these refugees have fled to Uganda.
Uganda has been gracious enough to offer them land, opportunities to establish communities, and become productive. Our partners are working with the Ugandan Minister of Refugee Resettlement and the Red Cross to transport and distribute the much needed supplies, so we are not worried about graft or corruption.
Here is more information regarding the deteriorating situation in South Sudan. https://www.cfr.org/interactives/global-conflict-tracker?marker=26#!/conflict/civil-war-in-south-sudan
We are making or collecting the following items:
Todd and Deanna Ashman are heading up this project. Their son served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Uganda and saw first hand the need. He returned for a visit with Todd and Deanna, where they became committed to helping relieve the suffering after their group took 50 blankets and had 500 refugees show up in need. We are grateful for their dedication. This will be an ongoing project.
Anne with one of the "B Women" from Mexico. They are millenials who are banding together to improve the world so they can have a country to be good mothers.
Refugee families being helped in Kurdistan in northern Iraq.
New dolls, new friends
We are helping to load our 3rd 40- ooft container bound for refugee camps in Syria and Iraq. Launfal supplied hundreds of quilts, hygiene kits, dolls, as well as hundreds and hundreds of boxes of winter clothes and toys. The container leaves in February, 2017
A doll makes an ouchie feel better
Charity Anywhere contacted us to help with another relieve project. We will post more information as it becomes available.
They specialise in dental, medical, and construction projects from Mexico to Equador.
UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT KNOWLEDGE PLATFORM
One of the oldest partnerships Launfal has enjoyed has been with Operation Give. It was started during the second Gulf War in Iraq.
Launfal has sent tens of thousands of dollars of donated toys, medical supplies and clothing through Operation Give to people all over the world. We are proud to be associated with Chief Wiggles and his outstanding organization.
For more information, go to Operation Give's web site.
Safety Net was recently absorbed into the Department of Workforce Services to provide the services needed to help refugees from polygamous communities integrate back into society. These services include; housing, clothing, employment, food stamps, and other essential assistance.
Launfal is one of the major partners in helping to provide clothing, bedding, and other household goods for these desparate families starting over and trying to maintain their independence and self-reliance.
Our friends from Big Ocean Women and Sustainable Families traveling to Quito, Ecuador, October 17-20, 2016 to participate in the Habitat III Conference. This event only happens once every 20 years, the last ones occurred in 1976 and 1996. The purpose of the conference is "to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization, to focus on the implementation of a 'New Urban Agenda', building on the Habitat Agenda of Istanbul in 1996."
Big Ocean Women and Sustainable Families will do presentations to the delegates to teach the importance of "maternal feminism" as well as the importance of families in communities, nations, and the world.
The exciting part for Launfal is that 100 of our dolls are going as gifts to delegates along with 78 school bags donated by a local Utah church congregation and feminine hygiene kits made and distributed by "Days for Girls".
There are hundreds of children still in the hospital from injuries sustained from the earthquake that struck in April of this year. The Big Ocean Women delegation will be visiting these children to give them dolls and school bags to help in their recovery.
We are excited to hear their report.
We were fortunate to have our toys and dolls delivered to children in Uganda, Kenya, and Nairobi, Africa by Nadine Millham. One of the camps was for abused women so they could recover and care for their children.
Launfal has discontinued our physical support for these refugees and will not longer accept furniture and household items. Southwest Recovery Mission (435-616-4578) and Cherished Families (801-205-0800) will continue to serve this community. Please call them is you are interested in helping.
We have helped hundreds of families and thousands of people put their lives back together and become productive participants in their communities. We are grateful for the opportunity to be of service.
Launfal will continue to offer educational scholarships for deserving students.
Laurine with a lady from the Methodist ''woman's organization'' in Russia. Their women's group knits newborn kits and needs a place to send them.
We were proud to help supply dolls and toy cars to Lifting Hands to be delivered to a refugee camp in Greece. More coming soon on this activity.
Since this activity, we have helped fill containers with quilts, blankets, clothing, educational supplies, and toys for refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan.
The delegation from South Sudan. Edmund is on the left, Jane is in the black sweater and Priscilla is in the green top. They wanted knowledge of how to rebuilt a culture destroyed by 20 years of civil war. We advised them to teach their people to serve each other and gave them ideas of how to do it.
South Sudanese refugees fleeing to in Uganda
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