How did it all start?
- It is actually a continuing of the work that I did during my familys time as missionaries in Tanzania and Zambia. I was setting up childcare stations with vaccination and HIV-aids programs. During that time I realized how the future would look like statistically. And as a result of how much with the HIV-aids has spread many children has become orphanage. So these poor children has a special place in my and my husbands heart and the need to take care of them and help them. Before the start we had good connections with the local people that made it possible for us to lease the land.
What happens now?
Now we are building houses and other places that we need for living, self-supporting and maintenance.
Doctor - We have people in healthcare and a doctor who looks up the children with biggest need of help.
Mother - They get a extra mommy, which is a widow and has no family, and siblings. The houses we are building are their future home. But we are involved and take part in choosing the mothers since they need to have the right attitude to the children and the project.
Children - Now we have 30 children, (4-14 years of age) and we are providing them with food, healthcare and place to live together with their new family in the village.
Teacher - Then we have a teacher who is responsible of for gatherings where the sing and get some education.
We also has land where we grow crops like maize for the child village as a food support project.
Have you seen any results?
- Absolutely! The children get food, clothes, medicine and love!
It is quite different working I Africa building houses for instance. How do you cope?
- You get so much back! Also as we tell other about our work we see there eagerness to get involved and help. The staff at the nursing home has donated tons of clothes, toys, money. They know that it goes where we say it goes.
How big will the child village be?
- We are building all the time. It all depends on the economic situation. The plan is for 6 houses, which makes it possible for about 40 children to live there.
- We have now built a school, a maize mill and several houses.