Our main branch is home to over 40 orphans who are cared for on a full time basis. We have three dormitories that house our children, a full kitchen, a pre-school, a library and playing fields. Our children are cared for by staff and house moms who all have the responsibility of being ‘parents’ to our children. Starting in class one our children attend schools in our neighbourhood and continue on through high school then college or technical school. We believe every child is capable of success and we provide them with the best opportunity to succeed and excel in life. Since this is the only home for many of our children we strive to make it a place where each child feels safe and loved.
We focus on developing the whole child through education, physical well-being, spiritual growth, and emotional strength. We have social workers who also ensure that our children keep in contact with their extended family if possible. We believe it is important for each child to identify with their family home and hopefully can one day re-integrate into their communities, and make a difference in their home area.
In August 2012, the baby home was formed as a branch of LCC to care for abandoned babies and toddlers (ages 0-4), as well as those that are HIV positive or have other special needs. So far we have cared for over 100 abandoned babies. These babies have been abandoned in varying circumstances: some left in hospitals, others found on the road side, in pit latrines or on rubbish dumps. As they have already experienced trauma, neglect and abuse, our focus is on creating a ‘homely’ environment where they will get the love, shelter, warmth, nutrition, care and attention that they need, including medical issues as they arise. Our hope is that each beautiful little life that passes through our home will know love and family with us, and able to reaching their full potential whilst in our care.
The baby home has worked closely with adoption agencies and has been able to place more than 50 babies for adoption, and several babies have been successfully reintegrated with relatives. We currently have the capacity to care for 20 babies. Together with the LCC director, Tesni Anderson oversees the running of the baby home. The LCC and baby home are run on a day-to-day basis by a great team, made up of caregivers, social workers, managers, a driver, and a nurse.
Our feeding program is an outreach program providing balanced nutrition and support to needy and vulnerable children in the community. We pay for, and provide school lunches to over 140 school children in our Main Branch and K-Branch communities.
For many of these children, this is the only nutritionally balanced meal they will receive for the day. In addition we reach out to needed families in the communities we serve to bless them with food supplies that they would not otherwise have.
K-Branch is the name given to our satellite branch located in the village of Kamirithu. From this centre, we run a pre-school and feeding program for the families and children in need in this community. Our goal of the program is to provide a strong foundational education and nutritional food assistance for the children most in need in the Kamirithu community.
Providing accessible education and care for the children not only helps the children, but also allows the child’s parent or guardian to seek employment during the school day. Our program in Kamirithu seeks to serve the vunerable child by supporting family units and allowing families to stay together through providing meaningful assistance in food and education.