• Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Joe and Iain Hursey visited the Amazon this month and distributed over 2,000 vitamins for children suffering from malnutrition. We are very proud to inform that this donation was funded by our granddaughter Alyssa who, for three years in a row, has requested for donations to LHP in liew of presents on her birthday. Alyssa is an example of a giving, caring heart and we are so proud of her! She is a real inspiration in our lives. Thank you Alyssa, your kindness will bring some needed nutrition for many children in the Peru – Iquitos area of the Amazon forest. May God always bless you with much health and happiness!

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• Monday, September 10th, 2012

Loving House Project and Living Heart Peru – Educational Greenhouse Project

We are excited to share our plans for 2012! This year, LHP will work with Living Heart Peru, a registered UK/Peruvian charity that supports remote, impoverished highland agrarian communities above the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

LHP has commited to raising $3,500 USD to fund the construction of a 30 x 90ft (250 m2 ) greenhouse in a poor village in the Sacred Valley – Peru, and provide a full year training in organic farming for the whole community of 120 families, including regular workshops given by a horticultural teacher, and the supply of educational materials and organic seeds. The greenhouse will be built next to the village’s local school and the produce will be used to feed the school children, pre-school children and expectant mothers primarily.

Any contribution will be greatly appreciated. As always, 100% of the money donated will be used in funding one more amazing project!


Don’t forget to see the amazing video about their work – Living Heart Peru – an association with a HEART!

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• Monday, March 12th, 2012

March 2012 – Ten more families in Vietnam have new homes thanks to the efforts of Mr. John Donovan. Mr. Donovan raised $10,000 USD and, along with matching funds from the Vietnamese government, 10 Loving Houses were built in February in Tien Giang Province. All the families received their homes on March 3rd and 4th. We would like to congratulate Mr. Donovan for his initiative and achievement! LHP was happy to provide Administrative support for this building project.

LHP Director Joe Hursey was able to visit four of the families who received Loving Houses in previous years and is proud to report that the families are doing fine and the homes are very well kept!

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• Monday, March 12th, 2012

January 2012 – The work at El Hogar San Francisco de Asis has been completed. LHP funded a remodeling of their kitchen and one bathroom and painted the entire building. Additional funds raised were donated to help with the construction of an elevator for the home. This elevator will make the lives of many of the children with mobility problems safer and much easier. It was an honor for us to work with Dr. Anthony Lazzara and his staff. We hope that in the future we will be able to work at El Hogar again. For more information about El Hogar, visit: www.villalapazfoundation.org

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who offered financial and moral support for this project!

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• Friday, November 11th, 2011

November 11, 2011 – Joe and I spent the last two days getting to know the 57 children of Villa La Paz or, El Hogar de San Francisco de Asis, and the amazing staff and volunteers. Although it can seem a little chaotic at times, everything is very well organized considering the many different illnesses and disabilities of the children. They are always happy and ready to help each other and do their chores.

The new tile and counters in the kitchen are almost half way done. We are hoping to start painting the building on Monday. Photos coming soon!

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• Monday, November 07th, 2011

We are very happy to announce that Loving House Project has met its fundraising goals, thanks to the support from our family, dear friends and the Chesterton Lions Club and Duneland Resale. We would also like to thank a local business woman, who wishes to remain anonimous, for her major continuous support of LHP. We leave on November 9th to Chaclacayo – Peru, to work on the projects. Our special thanks to our granddaughter Alyssa Main for her giving heart. For two years in a row, in lieu of presents for her birthday, she asked her friends to make donations to LHP! We are so proud of you Lyssa Lou!

Great compassion is the root of altruistic action. It really is a source of wonder. There is no greater source of help and happiness“. (Dalai Lama)

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• Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Loving House Project has commited to helping Villa La Paz Foundation in Lima, Peru. Dr. Anthony Lazzara and his staff are doing amazing work for the Lost Children of Peru. LHP needs to raise $5,000 USD to fund painting the entire building and replacing the old countertops in the kitchen. Please visit their website for more information about who they are and how they work, at: http://www.villalapazfoundation.org

We thank you for your continuous support! More information coming soon!

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• Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Loving House Project regrets to inform that our plans for the project at Casa Criança Feliz in Dourados, Brazil, has been put on hold due to labor scheduling conflict. We are currently researching another project.

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• Sunday, September 11th, 2011

After 3 years working in Vietnam, helping 2 Orphanages and building 16 Loving Houses, we are moving on to help the poor and disadvantaged in Brazil. Each year LHP will identify honest and needy institutions and work to make a difference in those people’s lives.

This year, LHP will help “Casa Criança Feliz” in Dourados – Mato Grosso do Sul. The Casa Criança Feliz, a non-for-profit organization since 1996, is a daycare that attends an average of 180 children per day. These children, from 6 to 16 years old, come from very poor families in the community. Most families are of single parents who would not be able to work if their children didn’t have a place to stay, or they would end up on the streets. But at Casa Criança Feliz they receive 2 balanced meals per day, assistance with their homework and health /dental care. They all come to Casa Criança Feliz in the morning and have breakfast together. After that, they take turns going to school, some go in the morning and the others in the afternoon. Lunch is prepared and served with the help of Mr. Claudio, the cook, and many volunteers.

While at Casa Criança Feliz, they practice sports and attend professional training such as computer classes, music, gardening, cooking, arts and sewing. The institution also works with the parents providing educational workshops and visits from a social worker to the families in their community. While the children are cared for and fed at Casa Criança Feliz, the mothers can work and help increase the families’  income.

The Casa Criança Feliz seeks to improve these children’s self-steem and prepare them to enter the job market with a positive and responsible atitude. Although they work in partnership with the local government, most of their funds come from spontaneuous donations.

But this year they have a challenge. In order to keep their permit and continue to help these children, the local Health Department requires that the wood walls of the dining facility be replaced with cement and tile construction.

Loving House Project goal in 2011 is to raise $5,000 USD to remodel their dining area.

We count on your support to help Casa Criança Feliz continue to improve the lives of these children.

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• Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

We are very happy to announce that the three Loving House recipient families for 2010 are now enjoying their new homes. We would like to thank all of you who made this possible, especially our granddaughter Alyssa Main.

Alyssa, who turned 11 in June, decided to have a fundraiser party and asked her friends to make donations to LHP in lieu of presents. Our little Alyssa proved that one is never too young to have a giving heart. Papa and Vovo could not be any more proud of her. Thank you Alyssa!

For more information and photos of the Loving Houses, click on the link: “Loving Houses” and select the family on the “Projects” drop down menu.

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