Andy Perkins, founder of BESTWA and Candi Summers, his daughter and Executive Director of BESTWA.
Andy Perkins, founder of BESTWA, and Candi Summers, Executive Director of BESTWA, along with their team in Liberia, feed 1,400 children daily.
When Andy first went to Liberia as a businessman, he saw children sick and dying from lack of food and medicine. Most children there didn't live past 8 years old. God put the desire in his heart to save as many children as possible. He came back to the States determined to find a way to save children's lives.
There is such poverty in Liberia that a grandmother, who had no food to feed herself, and her granddaughter, went to a nearby river to drown herself and her granddaughter, rather than see them both starve. Strangers saved the child and took her to BESTWA. They named her ‘Blessing’ and she is now 9 years old. Since Andy and Candi began feeding and supplying medicine to the area, they have not lost a child. Some of the children have even graduated high school!
Andy secured a commitment from BESTWA for medicine and vitamins amounting to 2 ½ million dollars. However, there is a great cost to ship these supplies overseas. So, Andy and Candi live very modestly because they want as much money as possible going to the children. The Lord said, "as much as you do into these you do unto me."
They make trips to Liberia to oversee the team there. Just $28 can feed a child for a month.