Our work is focused primarily at Bethel and Joy Children’s Homes, caring for children who are orphaned and abandoned, or from families who are too poor to care for them. Most have lost their mother or father, or have parents who, despite their best efforts, still find themselves in absolute poverty, unable to provide for even the most basic needs. They may also suffer problems such as chronic disease, alcoholism, mental illness, unemployment, or homelessness, which threaten the life and future prospects of their children.
The children are brought by parents and welfare officers to Annie for assessment and verification of their stories before being offered a place when one becomes available. Parents and relatives are welcome to visit their children by appointment, and are invited to the homes for special meals and open days.
In our homes children receive complete care: nutritious food, clean drinking water, clothes and medical care within a safe and nurturing environment. We pay for them to be educated locally. Tutors come into the homes to give the children extra help, as many of them have not been able to go to school regularly. Often they go on to jobs or apprenticeships which secure an independent future for them. The homes are registered and inspected by the government. We strive to maintain good standards of personal welfare and home maintenance, ensuring that each child has the best childhood possible within our means. The results are remarkable and the reward is happy, healthy, confident, aspiring children who study hard and strive to change their own lives.