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Serving Children in Ukraine, Ethiopia, and Poughkeepsie
THE BRENNA ENGLE FOUNDATION is a New York Not-For-Profit Corporation founded to provide for financial support for Brenna's Home in Lutsk, Ukraine, and Brenna's Hope in Ethiopia. We may also support organizations which raise awareness of the problems of orphans and abandoned and underprivileged children in Ukraine and elsewhere.
The Brenna Engle Foundation began its work in 2005 after the tragic death of Brenna Engle, the 3 1/2 year-old daughter of Richard and Donna Engle, in a car/truck accident. Initially, the work focused on supporting Brenna's Home in Lutsk, a foster care home for underprivileged or orphaned children that was established in her memory. The home was started in 2005 with three children, and recently expanded to serve as the home for 14 children. See History and read more about Brenna's Home.
The Engle's are also involved in the Poughkeepsie, New York area through an outreach known as Brenna's Basement providing quality used clothing and small household items to area children and families in need. Since 2009, the "Basement" has served hundreds of clients through referrals from a wide variety of Mid-Hudson non-profit and crisis service organizations and word-of-mouth. Donations of quality used items are always needed and appreciated.
Beginning in 2014, the Foundation expanded its work to include Ethiopia, and is known as Brenna's Hope. Director and Secretary of the Board, Richard Engle traveled to Central and Northern Ethiopia to discern opportunities to serve vulnerable children and youth in one of the world's poorest nations. A commitment has already been made for the first phase of the work there, to support high school girls who may walk two or more hours each way to attend school. These 13 to 17 year-old girls are vulnerable to sexual predators, or may quit school and be married off by their families for money. If they become pregnant, complicated and prolonged childbirth may result in maternal death or a medical condition known as fistula, the initial work of the Foundation will focus on keeping these girls in school as a preventive measure, but additional support is being planned to assist fistula victims in undergoing surgical correction, coupled with pre- and post-surgical care, training, education, and vocational guidance in a dedicated facility in Mekele, capitol of the northern province of Tigrai. Plans for further involvement in Central Ethiopia are being developed.
The work of the Foundation is dependent on individuals, families, churches, and other organizations which provide financial resources on a one-time or recurring basis. One important means of support is through sponsorships. This enables a more personal connection between children and those who provided for them as sponsors. Please Contact Us with specific questions about our work, and how you can be involved.
As an IRS approved 501(c)3 organization, all donations are fully tax-deductible.