At this time, all of our children are free from Ebola and we are working hard to keep it that way. We have many precautions in place for our staff, and the children are confined to the Children's Center to limit their exposure to contracting the virus.
Our costs are rising in Sierra Leone with the lack of supplies and food available. The number of Ebola orphans is also rising, and we expect that our services will be needed long into the future, even after the epidemic is contained. Sierra Leone’s infrastructure, which was very weak, has once again been devastated. We are seeing things as bad or worse than during the civil war there.
So much needs to be done to help! We are asking our supporters to please help us during this difficult time by giving generously!
Thank you so much for your suppport! The children send greetings and love to you!
As you may know, we’re in the midst of a very difficult situation because we are being forced to move from our current rental facility. The landlord has insisted on increasing our rent from $15,000 annually, to $60,000! Fortunately, we had the foresight a few years ago to buy land just outside Freetown, and now we’re working hard to be able to build our new facility on the land so that we don’t have to rent anymore!
We really need to MOVE onto our land as quickly as possible. We have started a campaign to raise the funds we need, and we’d love your support!
We are now feeding 130 every day! Our school is educating scores of children from the local community, as well as the children living in our home. We’re really proud of the children's progress! Thank you for making it possible!
Betty came into All As One’s care about two years ago, at the age of 3 1/2 years, after being abandoned by her mother and father. She was a malnourished little girl, who soon blossomed with the love and care she received at All As One. Today, Betty has started in Class One (1st grade) at the All As One Academy, and she isdoing very well. She is described by her teacher as “clever” and a “promising girl.” Inschool, Betty likes to keep the classroom clean, and also loves to read, sing and tell stories. Betty’s favorite color is pink, and her favorite food is chicken stew and rice. Betty has a warm and infectious smile, and she has lots of reasons to smile – thanks to you! She and her friends have food, clothing,ing, shelter, good health and a chance to attend school, because YOU care. Thank you for making it possible for Betty to have so many good things happen to and for her this past year. Please help us continue to provide for Betty and her friends living at the Children’s Center in this coming year. Your help and support is needed now more than ever!
I'm writing to wish you all the best for this holiday season from the All As One staff and children in Sierra Leone! The kids especially wanted you to have the attached photo as their way of sending holiday gratitude and cheer.
This month the kids had a special visitor who did a benefit concert for All As One in Freetown. Several of our children performed as well and everyone enjoyed themselves very much!
This month the children are all happy and healthy and are eagerly looking forward to Christmas and the new year. We all hope that 2014 is a fantastic year for you too.
If you are able, please help us spread the word about our project and get your friends and family involved too. There are so many more children we could help, if we just had the resources.
Thank you so much for your support for the children in our care!
I have been reminded lately to concentrate on hope, not the obstacles in my way. For me, this begins with turning my attention to the beautiful faces of the children we serve. I then find hope in knowing that their lives are better because we care. This month I especially want you to “meet” 4-year-old Mary Q. Mary is one of the 40+ kids that All As One cares for through our school and feeding “daytime”program. We provide Mary with an education free of charge, provide her with regular medical care, and feed her breakfast and lunch each day. Mary is an All As One Academy nursery student, who has been part of our daytime program for the past two years. Just like the orphans in our care, Mary and her friends from the community, now have the opportunity to learn, grow, dream and “become.” What a life-transforming and hopeful gift!
Stop and think about this for a moment. Children’s lives are literally being transformed every day. They have hope! Because of you!
As I’m sure you can imagine, It’s not easy or inexpensive to keep 100 children healthy! It is, however, well worth the effort. In fact, the results are priceless!
So today, thank you for bringing hope to so many lives - and thank you for making a difference to the children in Sierra Leone!
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