Our Ewafe project for abandoned children was set up in response to children in our communities becoming abandoned and having nowhere to go. Our aim at the Ewafe project is to provide emergency shelter for children who need somewhere to stay, help to rehabilitate them and finally resettle them back with family members or foster parents.
Last week the Ewafe home welcomed three new children. Our Ewafe project coordinator received a call that three children, two boys and a girl, had been abandoned at a neighbours home and that their parents/caregivers were nowhere to be found. When such an event occurs and the case is reported to the police, they usually lack resources to deal with the situation. This means that NGOs often step in to support children who have become abandoned.
In this situation the first solution offered was for one of the boys to be taken in by a boys’ home, however this would mean that the siblings would be separated. These children have been through a lot, moving from home to home and staying with various relatives before being totally abandoned without any idea where their family members are. At a fragile time when children have been abandoned the worst thing to do would be to put them through further trauma by not allowing siblings to stay together. The boy refused to go alone to the boys’ home and so the Ewafe project stepped in and took all three children to stay at our home, enabling them to stay together.
The Ewafe project will now provide these children with a safe place to stay, food to eat, medical care and counselling. Our social workers are working hard to find out all the details of their story, begin to trace their family members and find out the best way forward for these three children. Each time we receive a call like this it is heart breaking but we are so glad that the Ewafe project is there to help children such as these.
Please pray for these children as they settle into the Ewafe project home and begin to come to terms with what has happened to them. In order to rehabilitate and counsel these children we are aiming to build a Rehabilitation Room for children to have a safe space to play, read and receive counselling and therapy. Please click here if you would like to donate towards this, and please get in touch if you would like more information about how to get involved and support the Ewafe project.