It was that time again recently: Reintegration Day! Last month 17 boys and girls had made it far enough along their path to recovery to move on from the Challenging Heights Hovde House and back into their communities with their families. They were all welcomed home with lots of hugs, smiles, and shouts of joy.
This was all just a few days before the school term resumed, so the children would be able to start school just as their peers returned as well. So far, each of the children has been settling into their new school routine very well and their teachers are happy to help support them in any way necessary.
Their successful recovery is because of your support of the Challenging Heights Hovde House. These amazing surivivors would not have made it this far without people like you who care about their future.
In March, our Rescue Team went on a rescue mission on Lake Volta and returned to the Challenging Heights Hovde House with 14 boys and girls. Rescues are never an easy thing to do, and this one was no different. In some communities we face resistance and asked for extra support from the police. Thankfully our team was able to stay safe throughout the operation and rescue 14 children.
Now those 14 boys and girls have settled into the Challenging Heights Hovde House. Our team is working with each child individually to assess their needs phsycially and emotionall and creating care plans. Our Reintegration Team is working hard to trace their families and to begin reintroducing the families before reintegration. The boys and girls are receiving medical care for any illnesses they may have and have been going to school.
Your ongoing support gives these children all of this. You are ensuring that they get everything they could need to recover and prepare to return home. It's because of you that they are able to recover, grow, and thrive. Thank you.
When the boys and girls come to the Challenging Heights Hovde House, the majority of them don't know when their birthday is. They have spent years, sometimes, being treated as an object. When they come to our recovery shelter, they are loved and celebrated.
Which is why we've made it a tradition to throw the children a birthday party on Valentine's Day. It's a day for everyone to show their love to those they care about, which is why we thought it was the perfect day to celebrate these incredible survivors.
So, on Valentine's Day, while the children were in class, the staff prepared for a party. They popped popcorn and set up speakers. They bought birthday cakes and ice cream. And when classes were finished, the music was bumping, the boys and girls were dancing and everyone took a chance to blow out the candles after singing "Happy Birthday."
Your support of the Challenging Heights Hovde House is a celebration of the children there. Thanks to you, they had their very own special day.
Just a couple weeks ago, 22 boys and girls were reunited with their families at home. This is the beginning of the whole process that is reintegration. However, these children would not be on as stable footing and prepared for this process if they had not been to the Challenging Heights Hovde House.
You gave them the start and support they needed to be successful. You made it possible for them to get the therapy they needed to address their traumas. You gave them their first chance at an education. You priotised their healthcare and nutrition.
So all of the hugs and smiles that happened on Reintegration Day, that is because of you and your belief in providing the best care to these survivors.
Great news! Earlier this month our rescue team spent a week on Lake Volta and returned with 15 boys and girls, now free from modern slavery.
They arrived at the Challenging Heights Hovde House to cheers and smiles from all of the other children, which is always a joy to see. This process can be kind of confusing for them, but so many of the children say that when they saw all of the other happy children they knew they were in a safe place.
Since their arrival, the three girls and 12 boys have been settling into the dorms, getting medical check-ups and starting school. Soon, our trained staff will sit down with each child individually and screen them for PTSD. We've also begun to help them learn positive behaviours and coping mechanisms thorugh our behaviour chart and one-on-one support. All of this is part of the comprehensive care at the shelter.
You have given these incredible survivors all of that—the right start to their recovery.
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