The Emiliani Project February 2017 Newsletter

February 2017 Mission Trip a Success!

A total of 18 Mission Volunteers travelled to Colombia this past week to work with our kids and to help with the construction of the new home.  They helped us kick off a new English program for the children, hosted art classes, dance classes, worked in the kitchen, did maintenance around the home, took the children on a field trip, and spent the week making 170 new little friends.  At the new home site the volunteers installed new flooring in two of our new buildings and finished painting the exteriors.  It was an amazing trip and we accomplished so much.  Thank you to everyone who participated and everyone that helped make their participation possible.Emiliani Mission Trip

If you’re interested in joining us on this or future trips, please contact us at: [email protected] or visit our Mission Trips page for more information and registration.  A trip with The Emiliani Project will change your life!

Bring Home the Kids Campaign

The Bring Home the Kids fundraising campaign is still going hot!  We are currently at 38% of our goal of $100,000 for the construction of the commercial kitchen and dining room facility at our new children’s home.  We want to get this built by this summer to stay on track to open the home to the first group of 30 children by Spring 2018.  Help us get to our goal by going to Bring Home the Kids or Contact Us to become an Ambassador of the campaign.  As an Ambassador, we’ll set up a campaign page for you and make it Facebook/internet ready for you to send links to your friends, family and co-workers.  It’s super easy and a fun way to engage the people you love in a good cause.

New Mission Trip Dates Coming!

Our demand for Mission Trips is so great this year that we’ve decided to add a third trip to the calendar.  We will be announcing dates for the trip soon, so please stay tuned to our Facebook page or go to our Mission Trips page for the latest and greatest.

The Emiliani Project January 2017 Newsletter

Bring Home the Kids Campaign
The Emiliani Project is well underway on our Bring Home the Kids fundraising campaign design to raise $100,000 for the construction of the commercial kitchen and dining room facility at our new children’s home. Completion of this facility is the final piece of the puzzle for getting this home open. Once the home is 100% built, we will have a capacity of 160 children. However, there is such a demand for space that we will be opening the home early with an initial group of 30 children. To do this, we need this facility built! To date, we have raised over 31% of our goal, but we need to get to get to 100%. If you wish to donate to the campaign, you can do so here: Bring Home the Kids. Or, if you wish to volunteer to be an ambassador for the campaign, where you get your own crowd-funding page, please Contact Us. We set up the page for you and make it Facebook/internet ready for you to send links to your friends, family and co-workers. It’s super easy and a fun way to engage the people you love in a good cause.

February 2017 Mission Trip
We are getting ready to kick off our first mission trip of 2017! February 18 to 26 we will have 18 volunteers at the Hogar Bohío de María in Medellín, Colombia. They’ll be working with our kids, kicking off our new English program, and working at the construction site of our new home. Our next scheduled mission trip is July 29 to August 6. If you’re interested in joining us on this or future trips, please contact us at: [email protected] or visit our Mission Trips page for more information and registration. A trip with The Emiliani Project will change your life!

What a Great 2016
2016 is in the books and was a great year for The Emiliani Project. We had two successful mission trips down to our homes in Colombia; we build two more buildings at the new children’s home; we had a very long and fruitful campaign summer where we traveled to Orlando, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and throughout southern California speaking about our project; and a successful 2nd annual golf tournament. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our amazing volunteers that made all of it possible. Without you, we are nothing. We are so incredibly humbled by the outpour of support we received this past year. And, we are especially hopeful for a great 2017!

Second Annual Golf Tournament and August Mission Trip Recap

Second Annual Golf Tournament

Emiliani-Charity-Golf-2016The Emiliani Project will be hosting its second annual charity golf tournament on Monday October 17, at The Crossings Golf Course in Carlsbad.  The event promises to be a memorable day with prizes, silent auction and magnificent views of the ocean and surrounding hills.  Golfers of all skill levels are invited, and we encourage groups of two or four.  Lunch will be provided with each round of play, and the day will conclude with a dinner and a short program about The Emiliani Project.  We are already receiving sponsorship offers from community businesses: if your business would like to participate through sponsorship or offering something for the Silent Auction, please Contact Us.  Be part of a great day on the course, and part of the work we are doing to change the lives of orphaned and abandoned children here in the U.S. and abroad. You can register for the event and sign up to be a corporate sponsor on our Tournament Webpage.

Volunteers needed!!  Please consider giving some of your time on the day of our golf tournament, to assist with registrations and the post-golf presentation where we will award prizes and give a short presentation about the impact we are having in our work.  

 

August Colombia Mission Trip Update

This past August we had 12 volunteers join us in travelling to the homes in Medellin, Colombia.  In each instance, we were inspired by the example and witness of these volunteers, as they served the kids in the home, and/or pitched in to help with construction on the home which is currently underway.   Our volunteers also received richly in return – as they time they spent offering their time and talent to join us in our work was deeply meaningful.    

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Recently Pope Francis canonized St. Teresa of Kolkata, the foundress of the Missionaries of Charity.  Her name-saint is St. Teresa the Little Flower who wrote in her reflections that “she would spend her heaven doing good on earth”.  These two great women of prayer and charity encourage us in our work – and we invite you to consider one of our upcoming Mission trips.  Our next mission trip is in Spring 2017, and we invite you to consider joining us on one of those adventures of the heart.

For more information, visit our Mission Trips page or contact Chuck Navarrete at: [email protected] or (760) 470-0425.

2016 Mission Cooperative Update

The Emiliani Project team travelled across the United States this past Summer, speaking at parishes and raising awareness of our mission and our work.   This year, we were invited to speak at parishes in Florida, Texas, California and Hawaii.  In these speaking engagements, we have the opportunity to speak to many people in formal settings, giving testimony about what inspired the work of The Emiliani Project, and the various ways in which we invite people to join us in our work.  We were blessed by the priests and religious that hosted us, by the prayers of those who listened to us, by the generosity of many new benefactors, and had many inquiries about our mission trips. Thank you to all who donated through the mission cooperative!

We are expanding our efforts and making preparations now to reach even more parishes next year, in more parts of the country.  Please pray that we may receive invitations from other dioceses, so we can continue to get our message out to people like you.

 

Emiliani Project Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament


Emiliani Project Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament

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Mark your calendars!  The Emiliani Project will be hosting its second annual charity golf tournament on Monday October 17.  The event will take place at The Crossings at Carlsbad golf course, a beautiful golf course with views of the ocean and surrounding county, nestled in the heart of North County San Diego.  

We would like to get the word out to as many golfers as possible, to join us for a fun day of supporting a good cause.  These events are fun because golfers of all skill levels are invited and encouraged to participate – and there will be contests, prizes and memories to be made.  Additionally, should your business would like to sponsor the event through donations for our silent auction or participating with hospitality or sampling-related giveaways, we are looking for companies willing to support.  Dinner following play will be provided with a short program about the Emiliani Project, and what we are achieving to change the lives of children here in the U.S. and abroad.

You can register for the event on our tournament website at emilianiproject.org/golf-tournament/
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April Mission Trip & Upcoming August Mission Trip

 

The Emiliani Project recently traveled with a group of volunteers to Medellín to work in the Hogar and to help with construction of the new home.  These volunteers were inspired by our work, and the trip concluded with a festive BBQ at the hogar for the kids and volunteers, followed by a special field trip with the kids to the Medellín aquarium and and planetarium.  Thanks to our volunteers for making this trip such a success: these volunteers raised more money than was needed to cover their travel expenses, so the balance was donated to the Hogar for the operation of the home.  Thank you for your generosity!

Our Summer 2016 Mission trip departs for Colombia soon.  From July 30 to August 7th, volunteers will be joining us in our work at the Hogar (the home) working with the children, and also at the new home which is under construction, helping lend a hand in the project’s completion. For many, this trip is not only an opportunity to experience the work of The Emiliani Project first hand, but can be a very spiritually nourishing experience. Please pray for the volunteers and we thank them for their service to the children.

If you are interested in future Missions trips, please contact Chuck Navarette at [email protected].  We will be announcing dates soon for the next trip.

 

Our New Website is Now Live!

The Emiliani Project launched a new website recently, to better showcase our mission, serve the needs of our organization, and to raise awareness as our outreach has grown to people around the country and indeed around the world.  The new website now features a Spanish language site.  Our thanks to OC Sites for their generous donation of the project time to create and launch our new website.  Please visit us and see all the improvements at www.emilianiproject.org.

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Emiliani Project Support: Charity Shoe Drives!

In an important new step for raising funds to benefit the children, we have formed a successful partnership with funds2orgs.  The funds2orgs initiative is a two-fold opportunity to benefit those in need. 

All shoes donated are given in the name of The Emiliani Project which (1) pays us $1 for each pair of shoes received and (2) the shoes are then sent to developing countries to be restored by underprivileged small business owners in an effort to stimulate micro-economies and provide an outlet for these small communities to thrive.  

In a recent shoe drive, over $734 was raised for The Emiliani Project thanks to Empresa Elementary and funds2orgs.  To find out more, to participate in raising money for The Emiliani Project and ensure your used shoes find a good home, visit our Start a Shoe Drive page.

Emiliani Project Launches new Website

Over the past several years our work has grown, and we have reached many people to educate them about our work, whether it be through our mission trips, our visits to parishes, our coffee sales or our events in the community.   In order to showcase our mission and our work with the children in Colombia for the next stage in our development, we have redesigned our website.  The new website has much more information about our work, how to support the Emiliani Project, and leverages the latest approaches in site design to help us in search engine rankings and adaptability for mobile devices.  Our thanks to OC Sites for their donated time and willingness to provide tremendous technical and design-based direction.   Please visit our new site at www.emilianiproject.org.

Construction Update: Phase Three Construction Continues

The construction of the new home continues in Medellín, Colombia is moving at a fast clip.  We have completed foundations for 2 dormitories, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen and a dining room; and we begun building the above ground structures.  The road into the home is also being improved, along with the entryway to the main gate.  We hope this phase of construction (Phase 3) will be complete this summer so we can get onto Phase 4.  The April and August Mission Trips will include time at the new home, to assist with construction as mission trip volunteers express interest.  

2016 Mission Trips: Memories for a Lifetime

We invite you to consider personally investing in work of The Emiliani Project by considering one of our mission trips. The next mission trip will be happening in April 2016, with opportunities to work with the children or help with the construction of the new buildings.  This is an amazing opportunity to serve those less fortunate, and have an experience of a lifetime.

If you are interested in future missions trips, please visit our Mission Trips page for more information and registration.  Dates for our 2016 mission trips are April 23rd to 30th and July 30th to August 7th.  We’d love to have you!