It was such a sad day at Hope interim care centre as Bas, Fay, Izzy, Dax and Alex were reunited with family at the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, following our on-going efforts to track down birth families of children in our care. Mums and dads were really happy to see their children and Uncle Williams made sure each child knows they're always welcome to visit friends and come to our parties and that we’ll do whatever we can to see them thrive at h
Sierra Leone faces an orphan crisis. Every day children are orphaned because one or both parents die early – age only 47 on average– because of the usual roll call of malnutrition and disease caused by poverty, lack of access to clean water and adequate health care. On top of this constant flow of children needing help, Sierra Leone also faces a legacy of orphans from the war generation, orphans from the HIV generation and now, after Ebola, the Ebola Generation. We're taking
Mercy and Dee look pleased as punch and thoroughly engrossed with their extra lessons during the school hols taught by Aunty Becky hailing from the American International School (AIS). Extra support like this boosts our bright kids and helps kids who've had little formal education catch up. Thanks Aunty Mary for arranging!
Today sees our community kinship fostering programme underway at Moa Wharf - one of the most deprived slum communities in Sierra Leone -and in the pics below you can see the Hope team taking it in turns to distribute the monthly food support, obtain signatures from care-givers and spend time with the kids. We've been providing a safe adult and food support to vulnerable children, orphaned by Ebola or disabled and keeping school age kids in school, since the height of the Ebol
Meet Margaret and her team at the Initiatives 4 Women and Girls Empowerment Interim Care Centre, Wellington caring for 45 vulnerable children. This centre doesn’t receive financial support from the government, grants or sponsorship. Amazingly, none of the team receives any wage or stipend for the care they provide these children every day - they do it because they’re called to do it. You can see from the pics they’re proud of their principles – they pin them to the wall – the
So, today on Mandela Day, the kids at Hope ICC learnt some things about Nelson Mandela and his long legacy of humanatarian service; his fortitude during his long imprisonment; the grace and forgiveness he showed on his release and the exemplary example he set as President of South Africa and respected Elder of all Africa.
At the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs Mr Williams was very happy to take back Knox into our care. Regular checks on resettled childen found grandma struggling to cope with bringing up this young man, so we welcome Knox home!