These homes house up to one hundred and twenty childrenThe ASPE is home to three different groups of children: children who are orphaned; children whose parents are in jail; and children who are at risk (mainly children that have been caught stealing food).
A group of 7 expats have committed to donate to this home. Our monthly contribution was just under $350 CDN. The woman in charge of the home asked if she could purchase mattresses with our donation.
Of course, we had no objections...The boys aged 11 to 17 are taught how to tend to the garden and the chicken coup. Last month there was a large sale of 250 chickens for approx $2/kg.
The girls aged 11 to 17 are taught embroidery, sewing, and needlework.
Children under 11 are in school during the day. This home receives enough government financial assistance to operate for 3 months out of the year. The rest of the year they rely on donations and the sale of their chickens and sewed goods.
I've written here many times that I'm struggling to find a way to give back to the community. I'm still not sure I've found the right one...but every little bit counts....