Feb 27, 2018

A very happy birthday party

Birthday cake!
Birthday cake!

When the boys and girls come to the Challenging Heights Hovde House, the majority of them don't know when their birthday is. They have spent years, sometimes, being treated as an object. When they come to our recovery shelter, they are loved and celebrated.

Which is why we've made it a tradition to throw the children a birthday party on Valentine's Day. It's a day for everyone to show their love to those they care about, which is why we thought it was the perfect day to celebrate these incredible survivors.

So, on Valentine's Day, while the children were in class, the staff prepared for a party. They popped popcorn and set up speakers. They bought birthday cakes and ice cream. And when classes were finished, the music was bumping, the boys and girls were dancing and everyone took a chance to blow out the candles after singing "Happy Birthday."

Your support of the Challenging Heights Hovde House is a celebration of the children there. Thanks to you, they had their very own special day.

No frosting wasted.
No frosting wasted.
Love, love, love.
Love, love, love.

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Jan 30, 2018

You've built a strong foundation!

The foundation of 6 new classrooms
The foundation of 6 new classrooms

Big news! By the end of December the foundation of the six new classrooms was nearly complete. The last update on the construction we shared had the trees cleared, some holes dug and the rebar being formed. On Christmas Day, the holes were filled with brick walls and cement columns to support the cement floor. Construction is on going and we're looking forward to sharing the progress with you.

One really special thing about this construction project is that we've been able to hire some of the youth that had been through the Challenging Heights Hovde House. Joseph* is now 20 years old and does welding. He did some of the rebar molding for the foundation and soon for the rest of the construction. We love being able to support the continued success of the children we've served.

In other exciting news, 22 children were reunited with their families this month to begin the reintegration process. This day is always a bittersweet day for the children. Many of them are sad to leave the home they've made at the Challenging Heights Hovde House, but they are excited to hug their families. In the end, the hugs and smiles on their homecoming always win out.

With this group of children reintegrated it means that we have a few spaces for new arrivals at the recovery shelter. However, it's still not enough space for our big plans of ending child trafficking. There are still some funding needs for us to be able to finish Phase 1, the six classrooms. Your contributions make this work possible.

Christmas party at the CH Hovde House
Christmas party at the CH Hovde House
Welcoming sisters on Reintegration Day
Welcoming sisters on Reintegration Day

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Jan 30, 2018

You are making recovery possible

Smiles and hugs as a welcome home.
Smiles and hugs as a welcome home.

Just a couple weeks ago, 22 boys and girls were reunited with their families at home. This is the beginning of the whole process that is reintegration. However, these children would not be on as stable footing and prepared for this process if they had not been to the Challenging Heights Hovde House.

You gave them the start and support they needed to be successful. You made it possible for them to get the therapy they needed to address their traumas. You gave them their first chance at an education. You priotised their healthcare and nutrition.

So all of the hugs and smiles that happened on Reintegration Day, that is because of you and your belief in providing the best care to these survivors.

Thank you.

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