Friends of the Orphans is dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children through the support of the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for "Our Little Brothers and Sisters") network of orphanages in Latin America and the Caribbean. They are committed to creating families for life through values of unconditional love, shared responsibility and education and enabling children to grow into caring and productive members of their communities. Friends of the Orphans allow its donors to sponsor a child in Dominican Republic or any of the 9 countries that have orphanages. This past February, Tony Richardson, Xtreme Co-founder and CTO, and Dale Johns, Xtreme VP of Recruiting, made a trip with their families to the Dominican Republic to visit a Friends of the Orphans Orphanage to meet the children they sponsor through the organization. Tony Richardson has been on the board for the past four years and Dale Johns has been an avid supporter. Tony originally became involved with the organization because he wanted to contribute to a meaningful humanitarian cause and saw an opportunity to get his whole family involved, “I wanted our family to be able to make a significant impact in a child’s life, encourage our children to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, and most importantly foster a sense of social responsibility in our children.” Both Tony and Dale’s children have been corresponding with their godchild for over a year. Travelling to the orphanage to meet the children they sponsored allowed Tony, Dale and their families to really understand how much these orphanages are critical in these children’s lives. Dale explains his experience, “Visiting the orphanage was eye opening for me and my family. We learned that many of the kids there arrive severely malnourished and developmentally deficient. There are also the kids that show up without any papers so they don’t know their full names or birthdates. It was sad to learn that the special needs kids without the care of the orphanage would likely not live.” The orphanages give these children support, a home and resources to live they otherwise never would have had. Tony and Dale and their families were able to not only experience the realities of these children’s lives, but also understand the power of what Friends of the Orphans really does. Dale summed up the experience, “My big take away was that even though they have these hardships, this orphanage and organization is able to provide a home where these kids are very happy. ALL of the kids were smiling and laughing.” Learn more about Friends of the Orphans at Friends of the Orphans.