MOWW Make Our World Well

Michael Westover


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July 9, 2011 6:00 a.m. (34 weeks)

Sunrise at the top of Kilimanjaro ... and Michael was with us every step of the way!

   September 26, 2010

Michael’s 26th birthday

MOWW - In Memory of Michael

Michael watched us conquer a mountain, build an orphanage, and create an unforgettable memory.  Something beautiful came from a tragedy - a family received a home.  Although our family may feel broken, we only lost the physical being of Michael - his spirit will forever live on in us, in mount Kilimanjaro, and in every child who sleeps under the Paradiso roof”. 

(Arryl - Aug 15, 2011)

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. (Thomas Campbell)

The soul can split the sky in two and let the face of God shine through. (Edna St. Vincent Millay)


Gifts of Grief: 

The unbearable pain of grief shatters the castles you’ve spent your life building.

Left vanquished, naked in the sand ...

you are cleansed ... all the excess in your life washes out to sea.

Through tears the sand sparkles back at you, unveiling diamonds in the leavings. (char 2011)

A parent’s love never dies

Life is eternal and love is immortal;

and death is only a horizon, and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.

(Rissiter W. Raymond)

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. (Kenji Miyazawa)

How can you participate?

  1. 1.Make a donation to MOWW - click on the yellow “Donate” button on the above right or send an etransfer to (100% of your donation goes to MOWW) Click on “The Paradiso Children” (menu bar at the top of this page) to see photos of the children with brief outlines of their educational goals. Donate $365.00 (A Dollar A Day) to “sponsor” a child and receive a 2021 calendar with professional photographs taken by Earl Hirtz.

    MOWW-WOW! $ 124,865.00 from MOWW fundraisers and donations since 2011


  1. 2.Make a tax deductible donation to the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention - type “In

    support of MOWW” in the message box and send an eCard to “MOWW” at

    so we can recognize your support on the “Thank You” page.

3. Become an organ and tissue donor

         Alberta now has an Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Registry through

Climbing Kilimanjaro July 9, 2011 at 6:00 a.m., the “MOWW team” of Chayne, Charlene, Rachelle, Arryl and Keisha made it to the top of Kilimanjaro in Africa (Machame seven-day route).

Sponsor a child at the Paradiso Orphanage in Arusha, Tanzania for $365.00 (A Dollar A Day), or make a smaller contribution to go towards the annual operating budget. Funds are wire transferred to the Paradiso Orphanage.

100% of your donation goes to the children at the Orphanage.

Earl Hirtz will again generously provide a calendar (designed by Max Hirtz) for people who sponsor a child.

2011-2012:  New Paradiso home was built with MOWW donations

2013-2015:  MOWW sponsors for each child allowed all of the children to attend school. Additional MOWW donations helped with food and clothing.

2016-2021:  Ongoing support and sponsorship for each child


At least one sponsor for each of the 26 orphans. These funds (A Dollar A Day) will go towards school supplies and help with food and clothing for the year. Donations of less than $365.00 will go towards annual operating expenses.


23 of the 26 orphans have a sponsor and 4 children have two sponsors

Email message from Naomi on May 27, 2014:

Much greetings from us.THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND GOD BLESS YOU.Grandfather is so excited and also us children we are so happy and we are feeling like we are not orphans because of your help.Thank you  for your support of taking us to school to get Education like those who are having parents.GOD BLESS YOU.

Yours Naomi

June 2015 - photo by Liana DiStefano  Children of Paradiso Orphanage

2020-2021 Calendar Fundraiser 


October 2017 - photos by Ruth Sisk

Children are proud of their new school uniforms


Michael Oliver Wade Westover

September 26, 1984 - November 13, 2010

January 2019 - Thank You from the children at Paradiso

Christmas Day 2019 at the Paradiso Orphanage

Thank You from MOWW and 26 grateful children

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