Campbell River’s Arelene Leduc created stir when she brought out a tray of muffins for the orphans at the Agape Earth Angels Orphanage in Malawi

Shoes, muffins and the chance to go to school

When Leduc first arrived at the Agape Earth Angels Orphanage she was shocked by what she saw

“Thank you Campbell River,” was the first thing that Arelene Leduc had to say when asked about her trip to Malawi Africa. “The $800 donation by the community made the world of difference as I was able to buy 50 pairs of shoes which meant that 50 more children where able to attend school.”

When Leduc first arrived at the Agape Earth Angels Orphanage she was shocked by what she saw.

“Only four children had shoes so the orphans would take turns leaving their shoes at the front door, rotating and sharing their footwear so that they could go to school that day.”

She already had one pair to bring with her, Morgan Hayward’s. Hayward is 11 years old and after hearing about Arelene’s trip to Africa he decided to donate his best school shoes to the cause. “It was really hard to pick one boy who would be so lucky to have Morgan’s shoes. I remember the look in Reese’s eyes when I brought them out of the suitcase, never had I experienced someone so thankful for something, it truly warmed my heart to know that one boy had Morgan’s special shoes!”

Malawi is the poorest country in Africa located in the southeast portion of the continent where Leduc volunteered for just over a month at the Agape Earth Angels Orphanage. Leduc explained how little each child has and how the jerseys, toothbrushes and art supplies graciously donated by the community made such an impact on the everyday lives of the orphans.

“They were so thankful for even just a toothbrush, their kindness and graciousness was overwhelming.”

Leduc was shocked that the children had never had a snack to take to school before as she has spent many years packing her own two children’s lunches.

“I baked over 100 Vita Meal chocolate muffins. The children at the orphanage were all chanting, they were so overwhelmed by something as simple as a muffin. You would think I gave them gold! Their smiles and thank yous warmed my heart. There are no words to describe the feeling to know that I could supply them with a muffin to bring to school. Their appreciation brought tears to my eyes.”

Vita Meal is specially formulated with 25 essential vitamins, minerals, as well as a balance of carbohydrates, protein, fat and fibre.

The orphanage was founded in 2000 by another Canadian named Dianne Block from Stony Plain, Alberta. Leduc spent her time at the orphanage assisting Block who had run the orphanage for 11 years on her own.

“I was her right hand woman. I was their gift; my time, my kindness, and my unconditional love for the children.”

Block asked Leduc if she plans on returning to Malawi, Africa.

“I am already half packed, counting down the months, six to be exact.”

Leduc has big plans for the Agape Earth Angels Orphanage.

“Thirteen acres of land is already being surveyed, my vision is to create a self contained compound to Feed, Heal and Educate the children.”

Currently our main goal is to have sponsors for all 69 of the children for just $65 a month.

“Only $2 dollars a day, the equivalent of a Tim Hortons coffee and you can sponsor a child in need.”

A heartfelt Thank You to the community of Campbell River for your overwhelming kindness and support. Working together to help the children and make our world a better place.”

To sponsor a child call Arelene Leduc 250-286-3356 /250-202-2699 helpedthechildren@hotmail.com

For more information visit: www.agapeorphans.com

Just Posted

B.C. to move salmon farms out of coastal migration route

Broughton Archipelago plan set to start in spring of 2019

Stranded B.C. trucker writes final wishes before being rescued 3 days later

‘I was just praying someone would come along’

Campbell River School District calls for report on buses and seat-belts

Parents have questions following expose on research around buses and safety

New wind warning for most of Vancouver Island

Forecasters are calling for strong winds up to 90km/h for some areas

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Of the 105 current senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together in Independent Senators’ Group

Boeser has 2 points as Canucks ground Flyers 5-1

WATCH: Vancouver has little trouble with slumping Philly side

Man dies after falling from B.C. bridge

Intoxicated man climbed railing, lost his balance and fell into the water below

B.C. animation team the ‘heart’ of new ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

The animators, largely based in Vancouver, ultimately came up with a creative technique that is drawing praise

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

‘I practically begged’: Kootenay woman with breast cancer denied referral to Calgary

Breast cancer patient left to fight disease alone after being denied referral to Calgary

21 detained before Paris protests as police deploy in force

There was a strong police presence outside the central Saint Lazare train station, where police in riot gear checked bags

Most Read