November Advocate in Action: Meet Anna

Baking for a Cause

When Anna thinks of her childhood, she remembers baking scrumptious baked goods with her mom. She watched and learned so she could pass on her mom’s treats to future generations.

After Anna heard about our work in India, she decided to do even more.

A baking business had been on her heart—in launching it she saw a way to advocate for the girls. Anna now donates 100% of the profits from every order and spreads the word about our work: “My baking business is still very small, but I have big aspirations! I want to do baking each and every day and give a lot of money to As Our Own.”

Anna’s family tradition is now all the sweeter, impacting generations in India. “Find your niche and just dive in. And if you already have a business, conduct it with a higher goal in mind. We can really change the world with our generosity!"

Dedicate Your Gifts and Talents

What do you love to do? Whatever it is, follow Anna’s lead and make a difference for girls in India.

Here’s how you can dedicate your proceeds:

» Get inspired by other advocates.
» Use our resources.
» Make a donation, and tell us your unique story!

Let your gifts and talents make a greater impact through As Our Own!

11 / 11 / 2013


The Beauty of Family—for Life

Quite often in our updates we describe our family with a little, two-word phrase: For Life. The phrase may be small, but the sentiment of those words is immeasurable! What do we mean when we say our daughters are family—for life?

Family—for life means that when a child is rescued into the care of As Our Own, she becomes a daughter. She has been welcomed as our own child, as an irreplaceable member of our family. She’s now family—for life. We have the great joy of caring for her as she grows up, gets an education, pursues a college degree, and gets her first job. And when she gets married and starts having children of her own, she’s still family. Our grown daughters come home to visit and celebrate holidays with us!

The profound beauty of family—for life catches us especially when we see how much our daughters have grown over the years. When we pull out the family photos, our hearts melt with joy in remembering those snapshot moments from years past. Children grow up so very fast! As parents, we are so thankful for the time we have with our girls.

What a privilege to parent them, nurture them, help them reach their full potential. Seeing years of life in those photographs is evidence that othis is what it means to be family—for life.

“Family relationships provide children with a critical sense of being valued and with a vital network of historical linkages and social support.”1


11 / 1 / 2013


Don’t miss our For Life Friday Photo series!

Are you following us on Facebook and Twitter? Because that’s where we’re launching a new Friday Photo series, For Life. Each week of November you’ll see photos of our daughters and how they’ve grown since coming into our family. You won’t want to miss it!

Give us a Like on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to catch the #forlife series.

11 / 1 / 2013