ST. PETERSBURG —
A lot of Mike Clark’s time is spent both together with his youngsters within the Dominican Republic or working for them.
It started after a visit together with his church to that Caribbean nation.
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“I simply noticed some issues that I might by no means un-see. Noticed youngsters… many, many youngsters in want and a toddler advocacy system that was… simply very poor,” Clark stated.
And so he started the Advocates of Love Basis, an orphan care ministry for orphan and weak youngsters in Samana Province.
“In 2013… simply acquired a name that I used to be going to spend my life’s work on this island serving to to rescue orphan, weak youngsters,” Clark stated.
Taking over a venture of this scope got here with phrases of warning from many.
“My pastor in all probability had the kindest phrases,” Clark remembered. “He stated I feel you have got extra religion than sense.”
However historical past was made about 4 years in the past with the completion of a youngsters’s house. And now a faculty.
“We have been the very first orphanage and assist to any youngsters in the complete province of Samana,” Clark stated. “And thus far, 4 years later, we’re nonetheless the one assist to those youngsters.”
The nonprofit basis holds many fund raisers.
Whereas probably the greatest methods individuals become involved is with the kid sponsorship program which permits them to change letters and footage and be in contact with the kid.
For Clark it’s all concerning the youngsters and never being referred to as a hero.
“I don’t view myself that means. I did it for the notice. For the youngsters,” Clark stated.