Help Care For Ebola Orphans in Sierra Leone

by Develop Africa, Inc.
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Happy Birthday Dream Home!
Happy Birthday Dream Home!

Dear Project Partners,

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!

With Deepest Appreciation,

The Develop Africa and Dream Home Team

Dream Home children playing
Dream Home children playing
Dream Home Family
Dream Home Family
Dream Home birthday party
Dream Home birthday party
Birthday party with guests Cecelia and Mike
Birthday party with guests Cecelia and Mike
Regina, the birthday girl
Regina, the birthday girl

Dear Project partners

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!

Warmest Regards,

Develop Africa team

 

Regina
Regina's birthday celebration
The children love visitors
The children love visitors
The Dream Home kids love getting supplies
The Dream Home kids love getting supplies
Field Trip
Field Trip
Enjoying a delicious meal
Enjoying a delicious meal

Dear Project supporters

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.  

We deeply appreciate your support!


The Develop Africa Team



special food and fellowship time
special food and fellowship time
Bus ride
Bus ride
fun time on swings
fun time on swings
Happy times - sliding down...
Happy times - sliding down...
great memories
great memories
trampoline fun
trampoline fun
2 dream home kids with new outfits
2 dream home kids with new outfits

Dear Project Supporters,

Since our last report, the Dream Home passed the 7 months old milestone.  

Wow - the Dream Home has now been open for 7 months.  This would NOT have been possible without your support - as taking care of orphans requires on-going support.  A very special "thank you" to each and every one of you who have helped us care for these special, deserving kids.  Your suggestions and support have been most encouraging.

Because of your support, we have together now been taking care of 22 kids in the Dream Home for over 7 months. All 22 children are going to school - save one who is only 2 years old. The kids have been involved in a variety of activities / games. They are really working hard to make good grades in school. We are very proud of Geraldine who took 3rd position in her class. Schools just closed for the semester and they are enjoying a brief break.

According to the Evening Standard, "After hearing the stories of some 2,000 girls in Sierra Leone, the feedback is that without any means of support, they have no choice but to sell their bodies.” ~ Orphaned by ebola and starving, these young girls were forced to have sex just to eat.

Thanks to YOU - your kids at the Dream Home are not having to deal with this.  Your support is making a HUGE difference.

This holiday season is a time where families and friends gather together and spend time with each other.  At the Dream Home, we are planning to celebrate the season (as is customary in Sierra Leone) by holding a Christmas party for the kids.  We are planning to make this season special for them.  We want this to be a time of JOY for them. We do not want this to be a time of regret - where they miss their families.

Could you please join us in making Christmas special for your kids at the Dream Home? Now is an ideal time to make a gift towards the Dream Home as your donations towards this project will be matched at 100% - but only for a limited time. The matching campaign will be closing when funds run out or on December 31st (in under 2 weeks), whichever comes first.  

Thanks for being part of the Dream Home family!  We wish you a joy-filled season with your family and friends.

Warmest Regards,

Develop Africa team

Kids outside Dream Home in uniform
Kids outside Dream Home in uniform
Dream Home boy plays with soccer ball
Dream Home boy plays with soccer ball
One of boys outside Dream Home
One of boys outside Dream Home
Dream Home kids take part in school program
Dream Home kids take part in school program

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Geraldine, Dorcas and Joshua - outside the Home
Geraldine, Dorcas and Joshua - outside the Home

Dear Project Supporters,

We delight in the opportunity to reconnect with you.

This update comes to you with dual emotions.

On one hand, Sunday, September 13th marked 1 year anniversary of the passing away of Ruth. Ruth, a nurse, was actively involved in our Ebola sensitization campaigns. After Ruth contracted Ebola at work, she and her husband passed away. Geraldine and Dorcas, her daughters, live in the Dream Home. On this 1 year anniversary of Ruth’s passing away, Geraldine and Dorcas received encouragement and moral support from a wide range of people.

I had the opportunity to chat with Geraldine and Dorcas on the phone. We briefly discussed the upcoming anniversary of her mother's death. I offered a word of encouragement to them - letting them know that their future would be better - would be colorful and bright. I encouraged them to keep doing their best at school and focus on their studies. 

On the other hand, we have so much to be thankful for. Geraldine and Dorcas asked me to express their gratitude to each of YOU who have helped support them and the 20 other kids in the Dream Home. Thanks to your support, we have been taking care of them since their parents passed away and also the other kids in the Dream Home since May this year.

We are also very thankful for Aisha, one of the kids at the Dream Home. She is very friendly and helps to take care of the younger kids. In this video she expresses her appreciation to you all for your support. In this video Aisha, an orphan at the Dream Home for Ebola orphans says thanks for the support. She explains that they are well fed and have resumed school.

YOU made this happen! Thank you so much for your continued support.

Best Regards,

Develop Africa team

Aisha - orphan at the Dream Home
Aisha - orphan at the Dream Home

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Develop Africa, Inc.

Location: Johnson City, Tennessee - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.developafrica.org
Project Leader:
Sylvester Renner
President, Develop Africa
Johnson City, Tennessee United States

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