A note from John 11/29/21

Grandma & her 6 grandchildren A few months ago, after receiving a call from Social Welfare, Blessings made a trip to a village an hour away to find a grandmother caring for six grandchildren. Their mother had died after giving birth to twins, and one twin was very malnourished. The oldest child (9 years old) […]

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Has your child ever put razor wire on their Christmas List?

Has your child ever put razor wire on their Christmas list? If you follow The El-Shaddaih Orphanage on Facebook, you are no doubt aware that life and its basic needs are a daily struggle there in the village of Salima, Malawi. Food, clothing, shelter, education and healthcare are scarcely available to most families.  When you visit, […]

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Urgent Need Update!

Many, many thanks for your quick love in action towards the beautiful children of El-Shaddaih Orphanage. Three weeks ago we asked for help covering the difference in price for the remaining metal sheets needed to complete the roof of the new school and church building on the orphanage property. Within 24 hours, you sent all […]

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Building update!

We wanted to give you a quick update on the church/school building at the El-Shaddaih Orphanage. Everyone there has been working hard on the building and they’ve accomplished so much! The next step, to make the building usable, is to finish the roof. The metal sheeting for the roof was supposed to be purchased from […]

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Building progress tour!

Click on the link below to see a tour of the school/church building that is being built at the El-Shaddaih Orphanage! So much progress has been made! Click here: 4028FE68-745A-48E5-9D22-87B91ACF785C

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A Note from John 1/26/21

How important is education? In America, education is the key to success, generally speaking. Education is highly correlated with income. An adult with only a high school education is 20 times more likely to receive welfare, and about 8 times more likely to be unable to work because of a disability. Indeed, a strong education […]

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A Note from John 9/1/2020

A New Future for Malawi and a New Building for the Orphanage!  By: John Sklenar A wonderful event has happened in Malawi that will most likely positively impact the country, as well as, one we expect to benefit the El-Shaddaih Orphanage. The people elected a new president in Malawi. Amid claims of irregularities surrounding the […]

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A Panga & a Baby

Hi Friends!  Jacky here. For those who don’t know me, I’m married to Nick, John Sklenar’s son. You don’t usually hear from me as I’m more involved behind the scenes.  I spend my time with BESI editing blogs, posting pictures to Instagram and keeping this website updated.  But there is a story that needs to […]

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The Long Way Through Lilongwe: Part 2

The Arrival By: Josie Ehlers At 5:30AM, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was awake. The thought of missing our flight to Malawi for the 2nd time had me nervously aware of the hour until the sounds of the city moved me to the window. Vendors went along the road, laying out their blankets and goods and there […]

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The Long Way Through Lilongwe: Part 1

Overnight in Ethiopia By: Josie Ehlers On the 3rd of January 2020, my father and I exhaled as we settled into our seats on a plane headed for Chicago. I’m Josie, John’s second born and a director for Blessings for El-Shaddaih, Inc. We had been preparing and praying for several months over the plans for […]

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