Global Roots

Global Roots improves the lives of orphans and disadvantaged children with support of local humanitarians from all over the world. We feel the best way to bring about positive change is to offer assistance to the humanitarians who have already taken the first step to help the children in their local community. They are our heroes and it is through them that Global Roots works to protect the world's most valuable asset, its children.
May 11, 2012

Summer supply trip

our chicken eggs
our chicken eggs

On July 2 a team of seven will arrive in Kenya to accomplish the following objectives:

1. The team, lead by GR founder Rick Montgomery, will visit a girl's home in the Masai Mara to support an intiative that will protect hundreds of Masai pre-teens from female genital mutilation. Global Roots has been working with the son of a Masai chief who believes that it is time to end this barbaric custom. Rick's team will encourage the young women to stay the course because we believe that it is wrong for any man to cut out the clittoris of a young woman without her agreement. Global Roots is looking into a plan that will involve text books and free college to any young woman who breaks from the tradition. We understand that it can be a lonely path but we have learned that many tribes will welcome back an educated woman who earns a salary.

2. The team will also visit Mtito Andei where it will support Levi and the Matangini tribe in their efforts to create a tribal owned safari camp. The Global Roots funded camp, JipeMoyo.com, will bring in badly needed income to a tribe that is currently impoverished. The Global Roots team will teach tribal members how to greet and care for foreign tourists.

3. The team will also help our longtime partner Rosina develop better ways to foster out the 1,800 HIV orphans she has under her care. Interviews will be conducted with all players including the local nurse. Rick Montgomery, team leader, hopes to purchase a mini van for the nurse so that she can drive into the countryside to deliver food to children who must take powerful dosages of HIV medication. Many children die because they take HIV medication on empty stomaches.

4. The team will also look into the creation of an HIV information center in Mtito Andei. It has been demonstrated that such centers can educate local people on better ways to protect themselves against HIV.

Apr 6, 2012

April 2012, update

this is the location of our children
this is the location of our children's garden

The recent slaughter of Afghan children by a US soldier created a very difficult situation for our projects in Afghanistan. After a great deal of conversation, our children's garden in Baharak -- a subset of our overal "Light of Pamir" Children's Home, was given provisional approval by the local cleric of Baharak. Vegetables will be planted this week and local children -- many of them orphaned -- will finally have a safe place to learn, heal and grow. If we can make this garden a success, we can get back to work to create a children's home where all orphaned and abandoned children can live.

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Dec 27, 2011

Foster Center

The first week of January 2012 is the most important week in this history of the Light of Pamir Children's Home. Besides taking posession of a small plot of land for our first children's garden in the region, our director (Rick Montgomery) will be speaking with the regions leading Muslim clerics about the details of a plan to foster out children locally. The fostering of children -- as opposed to adoption -- is allowed under Sharia Law. Global Roots has moved very carefully in the region to protect and bring support to abondoned children. We have proven that we have come to nurture children locally -- not take them away.

Rick traveled to DC earlier this year to bring attention to the need for foster centers in Afghanistan. He spoke to the military advisors of two powerful US Senators and has been promised an audience with the commanders of the Nebraskan National Guard. Rick is personally opposed to the war in Afghanistan but, as long as US forces are in the region, he hopes that more resources can be used to support abandoned children.

Our local hero Janagha will break ground on our first children's garden in Afghanistan this spring. Stay tuned for photos and videos!

Please email us if you have any questions or if you would like to get involved! info@globalroots.org

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