Trade A Coffee Day!

It’s Trade A Coffee Day Here At Pennies For Dreams!

 

We love our morning coffee on the go, no matter your weakness. Double shot espresso, skinny mocha late, or the simple black. I am asking everyone who loves coffee as much as I do, trade coffee for a day and donate it here!

Christmas is around the corner and I truly need your help in providing gifts to the children’s home in India, and the children’s school in Pakistan.

So lets get together and BYO for a day in order to bring joy to a child this Christmas!

If you would like to gift the family’s directly, please contact me and I will tell you how.

Penniesfordreams@gmail.com

Your help is appreciated, and please share this post with your coffee loving friends. 🙂

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Who Is Dobri Dobrev? Come And See!

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                                       In Bulgarian, his name translates as “kind”

Dobri Dimitrov Dobrev, was born July 20, 1914 in the village of Bailovo, Bulgaria. He is better known as Grandpa Dobri, or The Saint of Bailovo. He is a Bulgarian beggar who wants to change the world..

Dobri’s father died while serving in World War I, this left his mother to raise him and three sisters alone. His mother worked at an orphanage, and his father before joining the war, would often help the orphanage when they had no money. Dobri saw sacrificial kindness in the lives of his parents from a young age.

Dobri served as a bodyguard to King Boris III and his family. A brush with death was a defining moment for Dobri, he believed God had a plan for his life. He retired the Kings service and devoted his life to serving God, believing it was divine intervention.

Dobri married near the rise of World War II, they had four children together, two have passed on. He served in the war pledging to protect Jewish citizens, and lost most his hearing after a bomb attack. He survived over forty years of the Iron curtain, by going into the mountains to pray. Working as a shepherd, he learned to be a humble servant, and had no desire for material wealth. He gave all his belongings to the Orthodox church, and now lives in a small room at Saints Cyril church in his native village of Bailovo.

In his tattered cloths, and worn leather sandals, he would walk in all-weather over 40 kilometers, to beg alms. You would think Dobri was merely a common beggar, but not so.. Standing outside the church of Sofia, clutching a small tin box, he raises funds for churches and orphans.

In his lifetime, Dobrev has given 80,000 Bulgarian lev ( $50,000 USD) to churches, monasteries and other charitable causes. Dobri chose a simple life, never seeking praise for his giving. He is loved by many in the village of Sofia, who call him “Grandpa Dobri”. Dobri has never taken a cent of the charity he has raised. He lives on 100 euro’s a month that he receives for retirement, and thankful for the fruit and bread people kindly leave him.  At 101 his strength endures, since a merry heart is like a medicine.

He enjoys visiting with those who pass by, and will often kiss the hand of little children, or those in his company. He always reminds those who will listen about God’s love, and that ” He is the only way”. This gentle old man touches the heart of all who encounter him. His life story inspired the documentary film ” The Silent Angel ” and also a website dedicated to his life’s work  Saint Dobry.

Although Dobri may be unaware, his kindness has been ” Tweeted”..  Matthew 23:12, declares that those who exalt themselves will be humbled, but those who are humble will be exalted. I believe Dobri is now being exalted for his steadfast love..

So if you ever chance to meet Dobri Dobrev, standing outside the St. Alexander Nevsky church of Sofia, please give him a big hug for me!

The good will is just and true. Everything in it is good. We must not lie, nor steal, nor commit adultery. We must love each other as God loves us.
— Dobri Dobrev

 

Charity Fraud..

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As I debated how I would title this post, I decided to call it like it is.. there is no way to sugarcoat what is happening among many of the 1.6 million non-profit groups in America.

 I read the details of an article written by the center for investigative reporting, it answered my ongoing question,with all the charities in the world,why are so many starving? The reason is the so-called charities feed their own coffers,while holding costly fund-raisers, giving only 3% of the cash they rake in to the cause. Sadly I have seen the claims coming out of Africa, and Great Britain, of organizations taking large sums of money intended for the starving and homeless. Agreed every business has overhead costs, but many are fudging the books.

First on the list of America’s 50 worst charities was, Kids Wish Network, since they spend less than 3 cents on the dollar helping children. How do so many raise millions in funds? they hire phone solicitors,using the same story, that 100% goes to the cause!. like those who contacted an elderly woman with dementia,within three years she had given 15,000 in donations, being roped in by their pressing stories. The Government should force non-profits to give a standard percentage of all funds to the cause they represent, how can it be a charity when it benefits you?

80% of Americans give to charity, is the heart of America being deceived? I urge anyone who gives to their favorite cause to look them over, and see where your hard-earned money goes. Below is a link to the 50 worst charities in America, if you would like to know who to be aware of. There are some great people in the world, who are truly helping others, so please pardon the nerve that was stricken by those who operate under a smoke screen of doing good.

Some helpful links Americas worst charities

                                     Charity Navigator

 

 

 

Meet Andy Of Uganda

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I have known Andy since 2006, his parents died young, this is common in Africa.

If you are a young orphan you can be placed in a home, but at 14 you are left to your own demise. With no money for tuition, Andy has grade school education, which put’s him in the unskilled laborer category, In his village labor jobs are hard to come by.

Andy has survived through the kindness of others, they take him in as he offers to help them with chores, or taking care of children. Andy is happy to do this,since it means he won’t live on the streets,or go days without food. At times he must move on, when someone dies, or can no longer keep him. He now stays with Wasike, and helps with the children, but needs a room of his own.

I have contacted countless charity’s in Uganda that offer a helping hand to start a business, or a profitable craft to become self sustaining with no avail, none could help Andy. After seeing others being successful at chicken farming, I saved the money to get him some baby chicks, and found that he is willing to try anything to make a better life!

With the money I have sent, Andy bought chicks, and a solar kit.

Through trial and error he has tried to keep them healthy, and await egg production.He could have better results, with funding to buy what is required to have a successful chicken farm, so at this point it is in phase one, but Andy has shown great effort.

If the chickens generate enough income, Andy could save the tuition for training school, this would provide a better living. He would like to attend mechanics training one day.

Andy needs us to join hands and help him buy the materials for two rooms,this means bricks, tin, and mortar, so that he will have a place of his own to stay.
Andy also needs an outside chicken coup, he planned to give one room of the house to the chickens, but I do not feel this is a good idea, so please help me change his mind! 🙂

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Welcome to your new home!                  


 

 

Starter chicks eat a lot! at this phase it costs the most..until they can give back your egg- vestment!

1464510137993                                                                               ** Update** Still going strong, and giving back! 🙂