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Foundations of Hope

Foundations of Hope
Ralph McLeran, president of the Rose C. Stone Foundation, visited schools and other CWS projects during a recent visit to Vietnam. Like his aunt, Rose C. Stone, he "beats the drum" for programs assisting children.

Rose C. Stone was a Chinese American businesswoman, who began her relationship with Church World Service during the Vietnam War, as she struggled to seek assistance for the biracial children of Vietnamese mothers and U.S. servicemen who returned home after the war.

Rose Stone had a fierce commitment to the welfare of Amerasian children, recalls Hugh Wire, former CWS West Coast Representative. "Rose had made her own way in life, and she was determined to move heaven and earth to help these vulnerable children, born in such hard times and in such a hard place."

Although Rose Stone passed away in 1996, her compassion for children of war continues to thrive and serve through the foundation that bears her name.

A gift of $20,000 from the foundation in 2002 established laundry facilities for impoverished youngsters who survived the Balkans war and were now pursuing their education at St. Petar Cetinjski Christian School in Montenegro.

Early in the Iraq war, the foundation's board, which also includes nephew Brian McLeran, provided a grant to establish one of three critically needed medical clinics for children near Baghdad. In the shadow of "shock and awe," they provided another merciful reminder that Iraqi children are "all our children," too.

In 2004, the foundation's board approved a three-year $150,000 commitment to the CWS Orphans & Vulnerable Children program in Rwanda. Even though the genocide occurred more than a decade ago, the fallout from its most horrific atrocities continues in thousands of child-headed households, devastated by the scourge of HIV/AIDS. This grant helped leverage a $500,000 pledge for the CWS Africa Initiative from the Sandy River Charitable Foundation.

Last winter, as Church World Service rushed to prepare airlifts of emergency medical supplies and other first response assistance for tsunami victims in southern Asia, a call came to CWS from Ed Wright, treasurer of the Rose C. Stone Foundation: The foundation would fund one of those airlifts.

Rose C. Stone Foundation is a family foundation whose family grows with every grant. Church World Service is proud to partner with them in the living legacy of a remarkable woman. Does your family foundation make a difference?

Church World Service would like to link your congregation or family foundation with projects that make a real difference in the lives of families around the world. Call us, write to us, or send us an e-mail. Together we can make a world of difference!

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