Mary's story is the feature of our September letter here!
Our first two buildings are complete and our clinic is under construction. To read about our Building Campaign...click here!
See our kids, volunteers and staff up close in our video...
Our Own Home is a refuge for orphans living with AIDS. Believing that every life is priceless, we offer these special children treasures that every child should be able to take for granted: security, dignity, and love. Shouldn’t every child have the freedom to drift off to sleep at night knowing where their next meal is coming from…knowing someone will always be there for them…knowing they are safe?
Because of the stigma surrounding the disease, many of these children are abandoned to the streets. Others simply scrape by under caregivers who are too scared to touch them. So they survive; unwanted, unloved, unseen. Oh, but they are seen. They are wanted. They are loved. God is the Father to the fatherless, and He cares about these little ones. He wants them to have their own home.
We began in a house with four bedrooms on an acre of land
Happy cries of, “TAGEE!” fill the house and yard as the whole family engages in a rowdy game of tag! From tag to the swings we go, from the swings to a football (soccer) game; we all sleep like babies! Tag has become a daily ritual, beginning with a soft chant of, “Tagee, tagee, tagee…” by some mischievous instigator, and finishing with a line-up at the water cooler! Another every-day occurrence is the children lining up along the porch railing as a Bible story is read.
I want to tell you a story of just one of the children that now has a home. Aisha’s parent's died of AIDS when she was only an infant. Her care fell to her older sister, a young teenager at the time. The sister married a man who wanted nothing to do with Aisha. We found that he was forcing Aisha to work, failing to medicate or even feed her. Without the care she so desperately needed, Aisha’s health was failing. I wish you could have seen her face when we gave her a bath, a new red dress, and a baby doll! The girl who entered the home silent and timid now plays happily, confidently approaches her “aunties and uncles” for tight hugs, and says she never wants to go back to the place she was before! Can’t blame her for that! To think of a priceless treasure like a little girl being treated as worthless is heartbreaking! Thank God for providing a loving home for His precious child!
We recently moved onto our own land with our own buildings. We will also open "our own school" so our children can escape the ostracism they experience in the private school they attend now.
Open the photo gallery to meet more of our family. Read the newsletters for more stories about precious children. And, if you are so moved, donate to the continuing operations and new projects of Our Own Home. Thank you for visiting and may God Bless You!