Welcome to the Orphan Relief Network
Orphan Relief Network is a Public Benefit Non-Profit Corporation that brings relief to orphans in near death situations as a result of abandonment that produced physical, social and intellectual poverty in their lives.
How It All Started
Orphan Relief Network's story began in 2005 when a small group of caring individuals from their local church raised funds to travel to Liberia for a humanitarian trip. Shortly after arriving, they realized the overwhelming need at each orphanage and wanted to help meet these urgent needs. Through their collaborative efforts they worked over the next 6 years to raise funds to feed 500 orphan children 2 times daily, provide clothing and footwear, build and repair buildings, install latrines, dig water wells, purchase property, relocate orphanages, and establish orphanage gardens. Other needed supplies such as, medicines, cooking utensils, mosquito nets, bunk beds, mattresses and bedding have also been purchased. When unable to meet all of these needs in each of the 8 orphanages it became evident that funding would need to come from other interested donors outside the local church. Thus ORN was established for this purpose.
President of Orphan Relief Network
Richard travels across the globe as an Instructor for Vision International University. In his travels he has taken a particular interest in the children in Liberia, the Philippines, and China living in orphanages without the basic benefits that we in American take so for granted. He has speared headed humanitarian efforts such as the daily feeding program, orphanage construction and well digging projects in Liberia, West Africa, as well as raising awareness and funding to meet the most basic needs of these children. His current desire is to partner with other NGO's in Liberia and develop a vocational training campus where aged out orphans can live and be trained in skills that are employable and will provide them a bright future.
CFO of Orphan Relief Network
Joan West holds a Masters Degree in Child Development and worked with children for 14 years in various settings before raising, with her husband, two children from the foster care system and an adopted daughter. Joan's concern for parentless children has spread aboard to the nation of Liberia where Orphan Relief Network in conjunction with other non-profits spear heads a daily feeding program for 500 orphans in 8 orphanages. Joan has led the way in creating partnerships with such organizations as LESEA Global Feed the Hungry in order to bring protein enriched food to the children. Joan leads humanitarian teams on annual trips to Liberia to bring much needed aid and attention to the children of the orphanages that ORN and partners support.
Michael Hester graduated with a Doctorate in Pharmacy in 1982 from UCSF. Michael has been practicing pharmacy for the past 29 years in Northern California. He currently is working as an Oncology Pharmacist for Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Vacaville. As a medical professional Michael has made numerous trips to Liberia to examine the physical condition of the orphans and to assist in the recommendation of strategies to meet the medical needs that are present in each orphanage.