Thanks in part to your help, the hens at the poultry are doing very well.
With your support, we purchased 300 day-old chicks and needed items to maintain the poultry. This included drinkers and feeders, chicken feed and wood shavings for the floor. Your support also helped to cover the costs of vaccinations/medications (to help keep the chicks healthy).
The eggs will help provide on-going income towards the running costs of the orphanage. The fresh eggs will be a steady supply of high-quality protein for the orphans.
Thanks so much for making this a reality.
We greatly appreciate your ongoing support of the Ebola orphans living in the Dream Home.
Raising children involves a range of daily needs and the outgrowing of clothes and shoes. Thanks to your generous support, we are able to continue to do that.
The Dream Home children are all working hard in school and are doing well. The kids enjoyed celebrating birthdays for Kadiatu B, Alhaji, Daniel and Regina in January and February.
Over the last 3 months, the kids had several visitors who brought a wide range of gifts and supplies. The Kuyateh family donated a wide range of grocery items and candy. Juliana and her friend Mariama also visited and donated toiletries and some groceries. Pastor Vidal and his wife made a surprise visit and brought drinks and biscuits.
Visit from GlobalGiving: The kids were also delighted to have a visit from Alix Halloran, the GlobalGiving Field Traveler in Sierra Leone on March 22nd. GlobalGiving sends representatives to visit project partners so they can observe how funds are being used to benefit local communities. This helps GlobalGiving ensure high-quality projects. Alix also visited several of our other projects.
In Alix's post-visit report, she provided the following feedback:
"Develop Africa's projects are creating lasting change in the lives of so many children and young women. They are passionate about making an impact in their communities."
We are super-excited to be partnering with GlobalGiving. Your support as a donor is helping us make a definite impact.
We invite your continued support for the Dream Home children so that each of them can grow up to be healthy, educated adults who give back to their community.
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.
At the current home, the children are well integrated into the community. The community is providing a supporting social structure. We determined that by moving them from the current home, we would be uprooting them from an environment that is sympathetic and encouraging. The community is playing an important role in terms of providing care and a sense of belonging.
With these factors in mind and given that we have not been able to raise the needed funds, we have decided to phase out this project. For the immediate future, we are focusing instead on improving facilities at the current home.
Through other microprojects, we raised some of the funds needed to install the water tank. We realized that we needed to bring in a solar expert to get fully test the pump. This test was necessary to help confirm the feasibility of the proposed water tank install location. Your donations so far this year - $200 - helped to cover the cost of this feasibility test. This test took place on Saturday, March 18 and the pump successfully delivered water to the proposed tank location. This ideal location is around 100 feet away from the well. You can see photos of this test here.
With this test completed, we hope to receive a visual drawing and updated estimate for the construction of the tank platform in the next week. We hope to start construction in the next month.
In the next week or so, we will be phasing out this project. For future updates and more information about the Dream Home, we invite you to sign up for notifications at the Main Dream Home Project. Thanks again for your support and involvement.
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.
Eating nutritious meals will allow these 22-orphaned children to grow up healthy and strong. The items purchased are from the five main food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods - meats, fish, etc., and dairy.
Thanks to your support, they are continuing to grow each day into healthy adults. Thank you again for making a difference in the Dream Home children’s lives.
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 are keeping a log of reported illnesses and remedies / medication to ensure we can observe trends and better take care of the kids.
Thanks so much for being a part of our "village" and helping to keep the dreams of the Ebola orphans alive!