LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In the middle of the Kentucky State Fair’s South Wing, you’ll find Cindy Brewer doing what she does best — standing up for the kids who need it most.
“These are children who have families but because of their direct situation of poverty or special needs and illnesses and their parents who are not working, they need a lot of help,” said Cindy Brewer, co-director from Orphan Voice.
That’s why Brewer and her family moved to Vietnam 15 years ago, where they opened an orphanage and founded Orphan Voice.
Orphan voice was founded in 2006 by husband and wife duo Tony and Cindy Brewer. The non-profit organization provides orphan care, a school for the deaf, cleft lip and palate repair, therapy centers and anti-trafficking seminars to children and families in Vietnam.
“We have always been aware that for every child who will be adopted, there may be hundreds more who are not available for adoption for many different reasons, but their need is just as great, so we wanted help these children who would never live forever. home,” Brewer said.
This week, the Kentuckians had the chance to be their hero. Orphan Voice offers the public objects created by the children of the school for the deaf in Vietnam.
“So we decided to try to develop those skills and talents, something that focuses on their abilities rather than their disabilities,” Brewer said. “They’re used to the world looking at them for what they can’t do, how they can’t participate.”
Original artwork displayed on cards and t-shirts as well as wristbands and leather wallets, the proceeds of which will go directly to students involved in the professional program.
For Brewer, the generosity of Kentuckians helping each other has been humbling.
“Everyone wants to do something important. It may be small, but everyone can do something,” Brewer said. “We like to say that we can’t do everything for everyone, so we will do for one what we want to do for everyone.”
They hope their work will continue to help children around the world.
The non-profit organization, Orphan Voice, also provides anti-trafficking efforts, including their “More Precious Than Gold” seminars in middle and high schools.