Every day we hear news about current developments around the world yet the tears of million of sick children around the globe go unheard. Over 5 million kids die every year from diarrhea, 90% of these deaths are preventable. In many countries, basic needs such as clean drinking water and simple medications such as aspirin are difficult to find.
These are needless deaths but with basic needs met and medications made available, these beautiful children can prevent, and receive healing from their illnesses.
The Birth of Heal The Kids Project
In 1993 while ministering in a Ukrainian hospital, Domenic Peluso met a beautiful little 3-year-old girl. She had cancer but no medicine was available for her chemotherapy treatment.
With the help of COI, Domenic was able to give his little friend the needed medicine for her cancer. After living for several months, tragically the little girl died due to other complications.
Three years later in August 1996, Domenic and his wife Maria Esther, were excited about expecting their first child. Then something went wrong and tragically the baby died of unknown causes. Maria Esther was in the eighth month of her pregnancy when she had to deliver her still-born baby girl.
Domenic and Maria Esther were devastated with the loss fo their little baby Julia Christina. By God’s grace, they were inspired to set up a memorial for their daughter Julia. Later they were moved to help other kids around the world who are less fortunate, who do not have their basic needs met nor medicine to survive.
The Plan: Heal The Kids Project
Money was raised to bring medicine to Venezuela for needy kids through the Church of the Nazarene. That memorial still in memory of Julia Christina Peluso is now called Heal The Kids Project.
Heal The Kids is a special project under the umbrella of the First Church of the Nazarene in Vancouver. It’s goal is to provide needy kids on the basis of Christian principles, clean water, food, education and medicine without cost.
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:4)