We send warm greetings to you from the Dream Home children - who are doing well. They are growing and studying hard in school. Each month brings a new adventure, challenge and milestone for them
In November, Susan, Felicia and Aminata's birthdays were celebrated with a special birthday dinner and party at the Dream Home. Your support helps to provide a birthday party each month. With 22 kids, there is never a dull moment.
On December 27th, there was a holiday party for the Dream Home children and the neighboring children. Over 240 kids were at the celebration. YOU helped to make their holiday bright, cheerful and special! You can see more photos here.
We couldn't provide for these deserving children without the generous support of donors like you. You are helping them dream again. We greatly appreciate your on-going support. Thanks to you these children have a very bright future.
With great appreciation, The Develop Africa & Dream Home Teams
September marked the start of a new school year for the Dream Home children and thanks to your ongoing support, the children had new uniforms and school supplies.
At the end of July, Sylvester made a surprise, 2 week project visit to Sierra Leone. The Dream Home was one of the top reasons for his trip. He reports on his trip as follows:
"The kids were very appreciative fo the support that you have provided towards their on-going needs. They asked me to convey their deep appreciation and gratitude to YOU. Included in this report is the photo that we took together.
The trip provided me with the opportunity to observe, learn, interact and evaluate. I spent quality time with the kids as a group and also on a one-to-one basis. I interacted with each of the kids individually. I wanted to understand their fears and dreams. I wanted to learn more about the challenges that they are facing. I wanted to see what they are experiencing at the home.
The kids were happy and played as normal kids. We sang several songs and had fun together.
I saw great potential in each of them. I saw them as leaders in the future, people who would tell their story of how they came up out of nothing. Given the right opportunities, the sky is their limit.
Being there in person also enabled me to examine the facilities with a critical eye, evaluate the level of service provided etc. I visited 2 possible other available houses that we could move into and investigated schooling opportunities.
I spent time with each of the staff - learning more about them, their backgrounds and the challenges that they face in carrying out their duties.
I came back with a new challenge and eager for us to do so much more for these kids. Here are some of the key observations that remain fresh on my mind as I reflect back on my trip:
The kids were in good health and appeared well taken care of.
The home sits up on a hill in Wellington and there is an urgent need for us to secure a bus to facilitate transportation of the kids.
2 of the kids need prescription glasses
There is still a desperate need for us to install running water. The current need is for us to build 2 structures to raise and support the water tanks that will hold water from the well - fed by a solar pump.
Several of the kids need additional lessons / coaching to strengthen their educational foundation.
These opportunities are all achievable - with your support. Together we can do so much more."
Please do not hesitate to reach out and contact us if you have any questions.
With great appreciation, The Develop Africa & Dream Home Teams
It's hard to believe that the Dream Home opened its doors to Ebola orphans over a year ago already. It has been one amazing year of progress and growth - thanks to your support.
Over the past year we have been through times of sickness and health. We have been through times of want and plenty. Overall it has been an amazing journey of hope, courage and learning.
In May, we celebrated the Dream Home being open for one year. Food and drinks were shared and the kids danced with joy and thankfulness. They performed a skit. There was also presentation from Geraldine.
A celebration each month: With 22 kids, there is never a dull moment. Each month we have a small birthday party to recognize and celebrate each child. Our goal is to treat these kids as the special kids that they are.
Over the past year the kids have gone from being isolated orphans to a family that is dreaming again - thanks to the support they have received. We could not have supported these deserving children without your support and we are so thankful to you!
Every day brings some activity at the Dream Home. With 22 kids, a dull moment is rare!
Here is a quick update on some of our activities.
The Dream Home children celebrated Regina's (youngest) 2nd birthday recently and had a birthday party.
The kids have had multiple visitors the past few weeks. Visitors included Aunty Ellen, Cecelia, Pastor Faith and Abdul, who challenged the children on the importance of education as the only sure means to succeed in life. The Home / children received gifts like six half-bags of rice, crayons and other items from these visitors.
The children have been working hard in their classes and recently went on a field trip with their school. Every year the Vickrays Community Primary School organizes a field trip as part of their school program. This is done with the notion that “All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy.” This activity usually takes place after the second term examination each school year.
Last year, there was no field trip due to the Ebola outbreak restrictions. Thankfully, this year, the kids of Dream Again Home were happy to attend this year’s field trip. Seventeen of the primary school children together with Regina, Dorcas, Haja, Mariama, the matron and her two daughters were also in attendance.
The kids had a great time at the trip. Hannah said, “It was a good day spent well with friends”. Florence commented, “I enjoyed the food and drinks”. Aminata said: "I like the view at Fellow Farm".
These children would simply not be able to celebrate birthdays or enjoy field trips at school - if it weren't for your support! Thank you for helping them dream again!
We would like to invite you to come visit us at the Dream Home. The kids would love to chat and play with you. Should you be interested in visiting, please let us know. We will make you real welcome!
2016 is off to a great start at the Dream Home! Hope your year is off to a great start too!
Your kids were very happy to see the start of a new year. As is the common tradition in Sierra Leone, they attended a New Year's Eve service at a local church.
On the 9th of January the children had the opportunity to go for a special lunch at the Francesca Restaurant. This was followed by visit to a small amusement park called Family Kingdom - courtesy of a member of the local management team. The kids had a lot of time to play at the Family Kingdom children's playground. It was a day of fun, surprise and excitement.
In the 2nd week of January, school reopened for a new academic year. The kids were happy to be in their new uniforms, shoes with new bags - thanks to YOUR support. The National Primary School Examinations results were finally published. Osman and Aaron made it to Junior Secondary School.
Joshua Sandy has volunteered to teach 2 of the children from the home (Mabinty and Fatmata) who will be taking the National Primary School Examination (NPSE) this academic year.
The children have received all their text books and are highly motivated to study. We are ensuring that they make progress academically.
Thanks so much for your support that is helping to provide a stable environment where they can be a kid, play and learn.
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