Recent news

Nutritious Meals Make A Difference

Most of us think about what we need from the grocery store and what we are making for dinner at night, but we do not have to worry about being able to eat today. 

Thanks to your generous support, now the Dream Home children do not have to worry about whether they get to eat today either. Your donations have covered nutritious meals for the Dream Home children this spring.

We Together Treated A Wide-Range of Illnesses

Thank you for your support that is helping us meet the ongoing medical needs of 22 growing children. 

Over the past 2 months, your donated funds have helped cover the costs of medication and treatment for a range of illnesses including fever, rash, general body pain, malaria, headaches and infection. The kids deeply appreciate your kind assistance that helped bring quick relief and medical attention. Our part-time nurse continues to provide excellent, skilled care for the kids.

Dream Home Kids Celebrate Birthdays and Holidays!

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.

The Dream Home Gets a Paint Refresh

Freetown, where the Dream Home is located, receives a lot of rainfall - with high humidity. The discolored and faded outside walls of the Dream Home were in need of a fresh coat of paint. You can see this in one of the group photos in this report.

Since the last report, this project has raised $50.  These funds were used towards repainting the entire Dream Home at a total cost of around $375 - using a weathershield oil paint. 

Closer to Getting the Bus

Through your support, we have moved one step closer to purchasing a bus for the Dream Home. At this point, we have not raised adequate funds to get a bus, but every bit helps us get closer to the goal.

We plan to continue working to raise the necessary funds to assist in the purchase of a 25-30 seat bus for the Dream Home. So if you have any suggestions on what we could do - please do not hesitate to get in touch.

You Helped Provide the Dream Home with a New Fuel-Efficient Stove

Your generous support helped provided the Dream Home with a new fuel-efficient, Wonder stove.  

The new stove is 40% more fuel efficient than the traditional, previous stove. Consequently, the stove is already helping to save money, as it uses less coal. The new stove also reduces air pollution, providing a much safer and cleaner cooking environment.

We greatly appreciate your helping us provide the new stove for the Dream Home and look forward to your continued support toward the Dream Home needs. 

Site Visit By Sylvester - Discussions With Realtor

At the end of July, Sylvester made a 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 trip provided me with the opportunity to observe, learn, interact and evaluate. I spent quality time with the Dream Home 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.

Visit to the Dream Home By Sylvester & Dream Home Children Start a New School Year

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 Magical Simplicity of New Clothes

Great News: Through your support we have purchased new clothes for the Dream Home children.  

Every 2-4 months, we need to buy new clothing for the growing kids.  Thankfully, YOU have helped make this round of purchases possible.  We are so very grateful for your support!

The kids were excited to have new clothes. They were all smiles wearing their new clothing. 

In August, some of the kids went to a week-long summer camp. In the included group photo, taken at camp, you can see some of them - all smiles - with their new clothes. What a joy!

Poultry Room Preparation

Develop Africa is in the process over the next couple of months to set up a poultry farm to benefit the Dream Home. The facilities had been previously used as a small poultry farm. The landlord decided to go out of business and relocated with his family. You can see from the photos that the room is in excellent condition. With funds you provided we have been able to advance preparations towards launch. We have purchased the needed tools and cleaning supplies such as bleach, a shovel, rake, brooms and brushes etc.

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