Serving children with disabilities and their families in Turkey since 1998
We have fallen in love with some of the most neglected children on the planet: boys and girls who because of physical or mental limitations poverty and cultural ignorance are abused neglected and often abandoned. Kardelen Mercy Teams is a visible demonstration of God’s love by providing practical assistance to these children and their families.
Often considered “cursed ones” by their parents, their siblings and their society, children with mental and physical disabilities are often hidden from society, uneducated, and neglected. Kardelen Mercy Teams is the hands and feet of the Lord’s Jesus Christ demonstrating God’s love and bringing value to their lives.
Kardelen Mercy Teams is the Lord Jesus’ “hands and feet”: Demonstrating God’s love by supplying spiritual and physical support to those who are often labeled as “cursed ones.” Our goal is to bring every boy and girl who struggles in some way with disability, to experiencing purpose and joy. The Kardelen team believes that everyone should live in an environment where practical and consistent love and care is the norm, not the exception.
The journey of Kardelen Mercy Team's founder Norita Erickson to serve those with special needs began when her world was rocked by one hellish introduction to a state-run institution in Turkey. Believing God was calling her to serve the children housed there, and after seeing what a few people can do to help so many, she established the Friends of Kardelen Foundation (1998).
Kardelen Mercy Teams is the Turkey-based outreach of the Friends of Kardelen Foundation, a 501(c)(3) U.S. charity incorporated to support the care of the disabled and their families in Turkey.
Since 1998, God has called Kardelen Mercy Teams to work in the nation of Turkey – to initiate a positive shift in the cultural attitudes toward persons with disabilities, increase societal help to meet the needs of those with disabilities, and to reveal Christ through the empowerment of people with disabilities and their families.... read more of the story ...