The number of children without parents skyrocketed during the Ebola Crisis. This project provides a safe haven - an orphanage called the Dream Home - to help raise children who lost both parents during the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. The goal of the home is to provide the best care for these orphans as we possibly can. It is a place where they are able to dream again and taught that they can be and do anything by giving them a bright future, ensuring they do not have undesirable lifestyles.
During the 2014-2015 Ebola Crisis in West Africa, families were devastated as the infection spread through communities, resulting in the deaths of entire families. In some instances, the children survived and became orphans. Many orphaned teenage girls became pregnant after being abused. Reports confirm that there are over 3000 Ebola-orphaned children in Sierra Leone, many of whom are left to fend for themselves, resorting to living undesirable lifestyles in order to survive.
The Dream Home orphanage provided support to 22 orphans for 3+ years. This included food, clothing, school-related expenses and psychosocial support / counseling. Through this home, the kids are able to live a normal lifestyle and growing up to be model citizens. The majority of the kids have been or are in the process of being adopted into families. Your support is providing care for the older kids that are now in a foster care family or were reunited with extended family.
This project offers tremendous benefits in terms of being able to help deserving children grow and mature into model adults that will impact their communities and nation - and even the world. These children will have the opportunity to use their education to be change agents in their communities. Young leaders who found the value of their own dreams will pass that hope along to future generations, uplifting their community.