We are in a major partnership with YFC Burundi, if you would like to sponsor a child or support the orphanage please follow this link to YFC Burundi website for more information.
D.R.O.P. stands for Daring to Reach Orphaned People. This is our global initiative. Edmonton YU/YFC believes that nothing you do is too small for Burundi. A single DROP of effort can cause a RIPPLE of hope. Impacting the lives of many young people.
Our vision at D.R.O.P (Daring To Reach Orphaned People) is to provide but a small drop of help that can create a huge ripple of hope for those in need while empowering young people to make an impact in the world. Our outreach at D.R.O.P is focused on a small, unfamiliar country called Burundi. Burundi is not only a nation of orphans torn by decades of civil war and genocide, but it is a forgotten nation and news fails to reach our eyes and ears within the mainstream western media. This country is the birth place of the famous Rwandan genocide in the 1990’s and has faced more years of civil war and genocide then its neighboring country. Our hope is not to provide a band-aid solution for its problems, but to work alongside the people and address their needs with them and to help find a sustainable solution. We ourselves feel that what we are doing is but a drop in the ocean, but that ocean would be less without that drop. - Mother Teresa Nothing is too small when it comes to helping sustain life in Burundi, five dollars can literally save a life. Within our self gratifying culture a popular Hollywood film can gross multiple millions of dollars daily; this is not even a sliver of what most of us would spend our money on when it comes to entertainment. We in western culture numb ourselves with materialism and entertainment while in a distant place our brothers and sisters struggle to eat one meal a day or to find $5 to fund a curable, life threatening disease. If you think your time and money won’t made a difference, then you’re wrong.
In January 2008, YFC Edmonton sent a team to visit YFC Burundi. We saw firsthand the poverty and devastation. We saw a country in desperate need of our help, support and friendship. Since that time we have shipped 4 - 40' containers of goods to help sustain a number of different groups; have had over 5 trips to Burundi to witness the amazing work ourselves; provided resources for orphanages, schools and a medical clinic; and met some truly incredible people whose goal is to change their country.
Can you imagine life without medical care or education?
We hope to inspire local youth, businesses, schools & service clubs to give generously to a very needy cause.
Our Objective is:
To motivate & inspire an iPod - Facebook - MySpace generation of Canadian young people. We want them to look beyond their ‘entertain me' saturated world. Where should they look? Into the eyes of poverty. We are hoping to build & assist long term solutions in one of the poorest & fairly unknown countries in East Africa... Burundi. A nation of orphans adopted by one of the wealthiest cities in Canada will help transform lives both here and there.
Emphasizing our wealth and their poverty - we have one of the best medical & education systems, and they have one of the worst.