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 gives 22 of these orphans everything they need- including 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. This project is ensuring that these children do not fall by the way side. It is providing an environment where they can dream again. Instead of regretting the past, they are learning that "anything is possible".
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 be change agents in their communities. The values of hope, hard work and confidence - that they are learning will serve them well in the future - as they mature into future, model leaders.