For Andover resident Dan Gibson, Oasis of Peace Village is a continuing cause
Dan Gibson serves as Vice President of An Orphan's Dream, the American non-profit organization which raises funds for Oasis of Peace Village
Gibson, Chief Executive Officer of National Loss Investigations (http:/nliclaim.com)
He recently returned from a trip to Kenya, where he met with the organization's founders and visited with the orphans. Seeing firsthand the challenges that these young orphans face has given Gibson a renewed passion to support the orphanage. He was one of the organizers of a recent fundraiser held at the Red Parrot Restaurant in Hull, which was attended by more than 100 people on November 18.
Gibson was joined by Oasis of Peace founder Virginia Burbank, who traveled from Kenya to help with the Hull fundraiser.
She was joined by Symon Maringa of Dracut, president of the U.S. fundraising organization, "An Orphan's Dream." In fact, the land on which the orphanage is built has been in the Maringa family for more than 40 years.
Gibson said, "We welcome children at the Oasis of Peace orphanage following the loss of a parent or caretaker. The reasons behind the loss are AIDS, extreme poverty, and violence. Unfortunately, the trauma of such a loss is only further magnified by the circumstances surrounding it, which too often are witnessed first-hand by the child."
He said, "While great strides have been made in the battle against HIV, Kenya still has the fourth largest epidemic in the world. As of 2015, 660,000 children were recorded as being orphaned by AIDS."
Gibson said that the team he works with includes "the best people in the world." He said, "This is a selfless group of volunteers all committed to making a difference, and it's such a privilege to be part of this effort."
The fundraiser on November 18 raised more than $12,000, making it one of the most successful of the eight fundraisers that have been held.
An Orphan's Dream is a non-profit organization. http://anorphansdream.org. For more information, please visit the website at anorphansdream.org. or call Kris Richards at 339.788.0384.