Help keep 100 children in Sierra Leone healthy

by All As One
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Joyce
Joyce

I’ve been waiting a long time to see Joyce’s real smile. She came to us at the age of two, with a history of abandonment that showed on her face and in every part of her demeanor. Subsequent photos of Jocye through the months and years have continued to show that she was still struggling with feelings of rejection and pain.   Although Joyce has always been a loving little girl, she couldn’t show the “light up the room” smile that I knew was hidden inside her somewhere. But, this week, when I received new photos of Joyce, I finally saw it! And I couldn’t wait to share it with you! 

The words used to describe Joyce in that past were “timid, shy, and withdrawn.” But, in her latest report, Joyce, who is now six, is described as happy, active, cooperative and intelligent. Not one hint of the trust issues that used to define her. 

This is something to really celebrate! Although it took a few years of nurturing love to bring about the change, Joyce’s radiant smile is one of the best ways we can measure the success of our work.   Joyce’s smile, and the smiles of so many other children in our care, help us know that these children are growing and becoming all that God intends them to be. 

Thank you for being part of creating Joyce’s beautiful smile! Thank you for so many bright smiles that you’ve brought to hundreds of children through the years! I am so grateful and I know that the children send you a very LOUD and boistrous “thank you” too! What a cherished gift you have given to them!

Please help to keep those smiles coming! We’re in a financially very difficult place. We don’t know how to keep serving these beautiful children without your support.   You know this already, but it bear repeating. We really NEED YOU! 

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Some of the kids on Christmas Day
Some of the kids on Christmas Day

The children are back in school after the holidays and are studying hard!  We are so proud of their efforts!  Four of our student will be graduating from high school this year and have plans to go onto university!  This would not be possible without our amazing supporters!  Thank you so much!

Our kids are overall healthy and growing well too.  We've had some bouts with malaria in the past couple of months, but our clinic has quickly responded and the kids are fine now.

Christmas Day was wonderful for the children and they received gifts from some supporters in the UK. They also enjoyed a feast along with some special music and dancing! 

We still need your support to keep our programs running!  Thank you for caring about the children in Sierra Leone!

Burrah
Burrah
I wanted to share with you about some children in Sierra Leone who urgently need our help.  These children are orphans because of Ebola.  A little girl named Burrah is one of 16 children that All As One has been asked to specfically help.  Shown here is a photo of Burrah, age 4.  .
Because you support All As One, you make it possible for us to help the little ones like Burrah. 
Tragically,Ebola it is still a major concern in Sierra Leone with hundreds of children orphaned and now shunned by their communities. We stand as a haven for these children and hope to help as many of them as we can. 
Thank you for all your help and support.  You are deeply appreciated!

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It has been quite the year. For the children and staff in Sierra Leone it has been the year of Ebola. Although our children have all survived the epidemic, ALL of them have suffered in a myriad of ways. ALL of them have missed an entire year of school (they are only back to school in the past month or so), and their lives have been traumatized and changed in many ways.

Imagine living with the fear of Ebola just outside the gates of your home. Many Ebola victims were on the same street as the Children’s Center. The screams of emergency sirens every few minutes because of Ebola victims has been a constant back drop to their lives for the past year. The normal and nurturing interaction of hugs and even pats on the back to help children grow, has been stunted. Staff, who come and go from the Children’s Center, have had to forego the hugs as a way of keeping the children safe. But how do you explain that to a three-year-old? Some of the children have lost their parents, but, truthfully, there isn’t one person in Sierra Leone who hasn’t been deeply affected by the Ebola crisis. It has set the country back as much, or even more than, the decade-long civil war. The actual toll on the future generation of Sierra Leone is still to unfold.

So where are we now?   Thankfully, despite all the challenges, the kids are strong, bright, healthy and doing well at this time. We are grateful to have made it through and hope for better months and years ahead.

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Although Ebola has faded from the global headlines, it is very much still a major crisis in Sierra Leone.  So far, our children and staff our safe, but the costs of goods because of inflation and scarcity, has wrecked havoc on our budget.  We are concerned about being able to continue to care for the children without more assistance from our wonderful donors.  Thank you for helping us so far, but please consider making another gift today!

Conditions in Sierra Leone are extremely difficult, especially now, and schools have been closed for most of the past year.  Schools plan to reopen soon, however, so the children are looking forward to once again getting an education.

The number of orphans needing assistance is rising.  Many children have now been orphaned by Ebola and are also being shunned by their communities.  The need for our care is even more urgent now, but we can't do it without your help! 

 

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All As One

Location: Spanaway, WA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.allasone.org
Project Leader:
Deanna Wallace
Spanaway, WA United States
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