FORT WAYNE, Ind. (NBC33) – Two local men have set out to raise money for the people of the Philippines after the devastation they faced from the recent typhoon. Part of the reason is because of their direct connection to the storm-ravaged area.
Mark Nolot and Chad Davis founded the Life Child Asia Foundation in 2007 after spending extensive time in the area. Life Child is an orphanage for children to be raised in a family-like setting that is more traditional per American standards.
Davis attended Bible college in the Philippines, so he was very familiar with the people and the area. Once Nolot traveled to the area with Davis, he instantly fell in love. Upon returning to the United States, the two decided to give back by opening the orphanages.
Luckily neither of their orphanages in Cavite were damaged by the heavy storm, yet a number of the people who work and help run the orphanages locally were. So as a way to help out, they have set up a relief fund on their website (LifeChild.org) where 100% of the money donated will go to relief efforts in the country.
For Nolot, it was a no-brainer.
"Filipino people have been so good to us, and loving, and keeping us safe. I can't even explain the feeling I get when I go over there. So I guess it's just wanting to help the country as a whole. There's just a broader need when you have a disaster like this, you've got to help."
Even the smallest of donations can go a long way.
Nolot gave the example that a pound of rice only costs between 30 and 45-cents, yet it is enough to feed a family of six.
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