Excitement rules as the kid's welcome some very special diaspora visitors to Mama Mayila's Cradle on Christmas morning and we are reminded of children less fortunate. Hailing from Texas, USA, Mr Rogers Snr brought his whole family including his daughter, Neima, who wanted to visit to celebrate her 10th birthday. This charming young lady kindly brought the kids marvellous Christmas presents - the very best kind - brand new school bags filled with goodies to aid their education
And so to our fourth and final Christmas party in 2 days - the esteemed Margaret and Med and their Initiatives 4 Women and Girls Empowerment interim care centre. These kids know how to enjoy themselves! And our kids are really really getting the hang of serving others giving presents from Little Big Local. This time they ate again (thank you Margaret) AND received a bag of popcorn and candy tho they very nobly refused a can of cola and took the popcorn back to share! Thanks m
We were honoured to attend Network for Children in Need for our third Christmas Party and have our kids bring Mrs Kamara's kids a little something extra to get the party going - presents from Little Big Local, pop, biscuits, lollipops and candy and more cheese balls than you can shake a sherbet stick at! The kids get a taste of the idea of serving others on Christmas Day, especially when they find their reward in a particularly fine jollof rice (and one which rivals our own A
So, after Neima's visit to Mama Mayila's Cradle this morning, some of the kids asked if they could come and help deliver bubbles and chalk boards - presents from Little Big Local - candy, pop and snacks to the three other Christmas parties today. And Madam Boyawa was very happy to see them, the tables all set and party hats at the ready! We were also happy to meet Aunty Philomena and Uncle Med from the Lanyai Foundation also helping support these many children with disabilit
Today, on the eve of Christmas, sees the first of our four Christmas Parties for vulnerable children in Sierra Leone, and Mama Mayila's Cradle throws open our doors to Hamilton community, welcoming over 50 infants and newborns and for good measure, some Moa Wharf Kids on our kinship fostering programme. The day kicked off with prayers for both faith communities, then brief speeches of welcome and on the importance of this day for new borns and the need to value all children.
So, a trip to Tombo is on the cards to source the fish for our four Christmas parties; along the beautiful Peninsula Highway - part highway, part dirt track - to the main artisan fishing community in Sierra Leone. We took our time to talk with some of the fishermen in from their long day at sea and sorely suffering from overfishing by international trawlers, often operating without licences, diminshing returns for this traditional fishing community. As well as the fishermen,
So far, so good. We're on track to hold 4 christmas parties over two days. We've got our fish, onions, maggi and are pre-delivering to our friends in three interim care centres... GETTING MARGARETS PARTY STARTED!
So first up was Aunty Margaret and Uncle Med and the 25 kids at Initiatives 4 Women and Girl Empowerment interim care centre very happy to see the fish and maggi seasonings from the generous donation from Aunty Nicole and Uncle Joe and a bag of onions from Uncle Pa
Our mission is to throw 4 parties in 3 days giving 200 kids a Christmas to remember with food, drink party hats and some Disney pressies from Little Big Local. Benefiting 62 children at Manahaim House, 58 children at Network 4 Children in Need anc 25 children at Initiatives 4 Women and Girls Empowerment and of course, Mama Mayila's Cradle @ Hope Interim Care Centre, where we'll be welcoming Moa Wharf Kids and throwing open our doors to the Hamilton community! What better wa