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Touch A Life Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 by Pam and Randy Cope following the death of their 15-year-old son Jantsen of an undetected heart defect. The organization currently has offices in Dallas, Texas and Washington, D.C. and works to rescue, rehabilitate and educate children sold into slavery in Ghana, and provide for at-risk children in Vietnam and Cambodia.
Jantsen's Gift: A True Story of Grief, Rescue and Grace (Grand Central Publishing, 2009)
Jantsen's Gift was co-authored by Pam Cope and Aimee Molloy and released to critical acclaim. The book chronicles The Cope family's journey of turning their grief into a positive outreach for children around the world.
“…(Pam Cope) stepped outside her own circumscribed world and began creating better lives for the abused, neglected and at-risk children she encountered, first in Vietnam then in Cambodia and Ghana. This is a wonderful story of a woman whose personal tragedy gave birth to a gift and how she fulfilled that legacy to make the world a better place.” Publisher’s Weekly
On October 29, 2006, Pam and Randy Cope read a New York Times article detailing the lives of children sold into slavery in the fishing industry on the waters of Lake Volta in Ghana. Six weeks later, with the help of the local organization PACODEP and George Achibra, they rescued 7 children from the lake and placed them in local shelters that the Foundation now supports. Currently, Touch A Life Foundation houses, educates, and cares for 69 children in Kete Krachi, Tema, and Gomoa-Fetteh, Ghana. After Oprah Winfrey learned of the work Pam did to rescue Mark and six other Ghanaian children, she invited her to be on her popular talk show, "The Oprah Winfrey Show." “"I've interviewed thousands of people: famous people, rich people…but never has anybody deserved a standing ovation more than you today." Oprah Winfrey, February 9, 2007
Since 2002, the Foundation has worked with street children in Vietnam, rescuing them from environments where there is a high risk of child trafficking. The Foundation supports 176 children in the Saigon area. It runs 11 group homes, providing food, shelter, education, and medical care.
Touch A Life supports The Place of Rescue Aids Center and Orphanage, a safe haven for families stricken with the AIDS virus. The Orphanage cares for more than 100 orphans. It offers 15 houses for dying mothers and their children, as well as a school, agricultural center, recreational areas, and an activity center.