Burke Family Trip to Accra, Ghana

IMG_1409 IMG_1407 IMG_1410December 27, 2015 – January 1, 2016
Pat, Lisa, Jonathan and Zak Burke

Charities can talk all day about fundraising, statistics and donations. But what really hits home for us and our supporters are the individual stories about those in need, about the people delivering help, about the experience of changing lives first-hand. At Dreams for Orphans, we love sharing the stories of the children and communities we support, and the people who are traveling across the world to deliver aid and hugs.

The awesome Burke family (Pat, Lisa, Jonathan and Zak) from Seattle recently traveled to Accra, Ghana, where Dreams for Orphans serves. The family trip consisted of visiting friends, delivering Christmas gifts to the orphans, playing games with the kids, doing arts and crafts, and just hanging out. Giving these orphans the attention they deserve is so important in DFO’s mission to create better lives through safe environments where they feel loved and empowered.

“My favorite part of our most recent trip to Accra was spending time with my family uninterrupted by electronic devices. I also enjoyed spending time with the children at OSU and Village of Hope. It was especially great to see the children at OSU we have known over the past several years and how they are all growing up, getting taller and becoming more mature.

People often ask when we get home if we were on safari, if we saw any exotic animals or how laborious the trip was and I always give the same answer: It is about so much more than any of those things and the memories me and my family have together will last a lifetime. And, no to the first two questions. We don’t remember the travel within a few days we just remember being the journey.” – Pat

What a way to start the New Year. Thank you to the Burkes for their incredible support, we’re excited to follow along their next trip!

About the Author
My 24 years as a flight attendant have enabled me to travel and see much of the world. When I started going to Africa my passion was born to help the less fortunate and show my own 3 children this imbalance. I wanted them to know they had a responsibility to others as they grow up in a world that most things are readily accessible to them and are not to most the world. It is easy to fall in love with children in Africa. It is more difficult to find appropriate ways to help. Education was by far the first tool we knew could be powerful and effective. Combining this with improved environment, enables them to grow and thrive with food, shelter, medical care and most of all love.I travel to Ghana as a flight attendant monthly and enjoy taking my children on working trips as well as our own vacation time. Being on the ground making sure the DFO funds are carefully dispatched is rewarding and I am compensated by their huge smiles and hugs every time I visit. Seven years have gone by so fast and I cannot imagine my life without DFO and all the children. As Dreams continues to grow I relish the fact that the number of orphans we are helping is increasing. We are able to expand to more orphanages and provide education and safe environments to those orphans who deserve a rich and happy life.

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