Since we launched this project a year ago, we have had lengthy discussions with regard to moving to a new home. We worked with a local realtor and visited at least 3 properties. We have also re-evaluated the current home in terms of the benefits that it provides.
The kids at the Dream Home were delighted to receive a new set of furniture and beds. The items were received in December 2016.
This was made possible through the generous support of:
OSLIN - Organization of Sierra Leoneans in Indiana: $1500
James and Rugie (not disclosed)
Swaray and Beth (not disclosed)
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.
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.
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.
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 these photos.
This paint refresh came at a great time as we were able to do this before the Christmas party - held on December 27th. The building looked fresh and bright as you can see in the party photos.
Thanks so much for helping to make the building look bright and fresh - uplifting the look and spirits of the kids
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.
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.
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.
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.