YENDI, Ghana — Children with missing limbs, blindness, cleft lips, down syndrome, autism and even twins — thought to be evil, are getting a second chance thanks to local efforts.

This week, supporters of an almost two-year fundraising campaign to purchase a van for an orphanage in Yendi, Ghana, received heart warming confirmation that their charitable endeavor had paid off.

Sister Stan, founder of Nazareth Home for God’s Children and a frequent visitor to the area over the last several years, sent supporters at St. Mary's Church in Canaseraga photos of children benefiting from use of the van.

Much of the donations came from St. Mary's, which spearheaded the effort under Father John Cullen, the board of Directors at the church and its parishioners, but support from partner parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Western New York, also poured in.

The $23,000 2017 Chevy Express van was purchased at cost at Simmons-Rockwell in Hornell in late April, and was shipped to the orphanage in June. The $1,800 shipping cost of shipping it to the Port of New Jersey was covered by Silk Road Transit.

It arrived on the shores of Ghana, packed with more than 1,000 pounds of donated goods that included school supplies, clothing and others to support the orphanage. Whether the van and goods would make it through customs was a point of concern.

A Facebook Post for the orphanage issued a special thank you to parishioners at St. Mary's about a month ago.

"'Thank You!' is not enough to say to St. Mary's Church in Canaseraga, New York, along with several other partner parishes, who purchased a van for the orphanage! Special thanks to Fr. John, Jen, Keith and Marie, Chris, and everyone involved! More pictures to come once they are received from Sr. Stan, but word is... the van has arrived!"

The photos sent to supporters were a little delayed, as Sr. Stan was visiting Rome, where she was personally introduced to Pope Francis.

The 15-passenger van is now being used to transport the nearly 50 children who call the orphanage home, to and from medical appointments, to school and other events safely.

To learn more about Sister Stan, the orphanage and the children who reside there, visit www.sisterstanschildren.org