Apr 24, 2018

Phase 1 is really taking shape!

Construction on the classrooms has been steadily progressing over the last few weeks. After the supports went up, the construction workers built wooden molds that are being used to create the ceilings for the classrooms. It's quite a labour- and time-instensive process! All of the bamboo in the pictures is holding up the wooden molds and the concrete ceiling.

With the ceiling up, you can really get a sense of the classrooms. It's getting easier to imagine where the desks will be and the classes that will be taking place there. You can take in the whole skeleton of the building and it is so exciting.

We're also excited to say that the library will have a set of computers thanks to Australian Aid. This is an amazing opportunity for the boys and girls at the Challenging Heights Hovde House to learn 21st century skills. This grant wouldn't have been possible without your support for the infrastructure.

Can you imagine the futures that you've created for the children who will be learning here? Their futures full of possibility and free from slavery? This is where the boys and girls' futures will be shaped, and you've given them an amazing opportunity.

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Apr 24, 2018

Quality care for the newest arrivals

In March, our Rescue Team went on a rescue mission on Lake Volta and returned to the Challenging Heights Hovde House with 14 boys and girls. Rescues are never an easy thing to do, and this one was no different. In some communities we face resistance and asked for extra support from the police. Thankfully our team was able to stay safe throughout the operation and rescue 14 children.

Now those 14 boys and girls have settled into the Challenging Heights Hovde House. Our team is working with each child individually to assess their needs phsycially and emotionall and creating care plans. Our Reintegration Team is working hard to trace their families and to begin reintroducing the families before reintegration. The boys and girls are receiving medical care for any illnesses they may have and have been going to school.

Your ongoing support gives these children all of this. You are ensuring that they get everything they could need to recover and prepare to return home. It's because of you that they are able to recover, grow, and thrive. Thank you.

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Feb 27, 2018

The supports are up because of your support

The "skeleton" of Phase 1
The "skeleton" of Phase 1

Contruction on Phase 1 has been slowly chugging along since my last update. Now, the supports have gone up and the construction workers are getting started on the ceiling beams and walls next. Now, you can really get a good idea of how big the classrooms will be. I was just standing in the middle of one of the rooms and imagining all the learning that will be happening there soon.

One fun thing that has happened at the shelter is that we threw a birthday party for all of the children on 14 February. Nearly all of the children who come to the Challenging Heights Hovde House don't know their birthday. However, we believe that every child deserves a day to be celebrated, and that's why we have the tradition of throwing a birthday party for them on Valentine's Day.

We're so excited about the upcoming opportunity to bring in more survivors and celebrate them!

The supports are up and the ceiling beams are next
The supports are up and the ceiling beams are next
A panorama look at the new building
A panorama look at the new building
Birthday cake!
Birthday cake!

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