Peter’s warm welcome in their house is a sign of contentment of being a proud member of this great and lovely family.
Together with two other children; Jim and Yvonne, they all look happy, healthy and bright.
Peter, being the eldest, takes the lead by being his siblings’ keeper ensuring that they do what is right like getting home from school on time. Before the three got into this family below is a brief background;
Peter’s father died when he was barely three years old. Her mother who was insane then could not take good care of him and so his ailing grandmother stepped in to take the responsibility. She would go begging to feed him and when she heard of Home of Hope, she agreed to give up her grandson for adoption.
Jim too was living with his grandmother who used to sell plastic bags from the dumpsite to feed him, at one time she thought of abandoning him until one of the Home of Hope guards told her about HOH. She decided to release Jim to HOH’s custody.
Yvonne’s mother died of cancer. Since her father had abandoned the family, her lame grandmother took her in. She would also beg for food and this was too straining and not enough to feed her grandchild. Once she heard of Home of Hope, she quickly surrendered Yvonne’s custody to HOH because she trusted that her granddaughter would be safe there.
This is how the trio ended up in Home of Hope. When they reached the age of about four, they were put in a family unit under the care of Rachael, one down to earth caregiver whose identity as a mother has drawn the children’s love towards her.
Rachael was recruited by Home of Hope as a caregiver four years ago. She has been working in this position for years and knows each and everything entailed in it.
Strong features of motherhood depicted in her through her extensive effort of good parental care, love and discipline drove the HOH fraternity to have faith and confidence in her being able to take care of children in a Family Unit.
Rachael has taken up the motherly role with support and significant trend that has enabled the children grow for example she allows the three to mingle and play with other children in the neighbourhood and surrounding which enhances their learning and socializing.
In addition, they have developed a sense of stability and consistency that has enabled them perform even better in school and engages in community and extracurricular activities. Rachael confirms that Peter loves playing a lot especially during the weekends. However, his performance in school is exemplary, he is very bright. Yvonne and Jim are active too and also doing well in school.
Great moments like eating dinner together, going to church together on a regular basis has strengthened their relationship making it easier for them to understand each other. It also makes them bond well as a family over goals and experiences. This has created a lifetime relationship between the kids and her.
Rachael also confirms that it is easier to know the weaknesses and strength of each child in this setting since they are few and easy to manage than when they are many.
When it comes to meeting each child’s material need, it is easier for Rachael as the smaller number of children makes her familiar with each and everyone of them.
The children attribute that having a mother like her cites a significant defining moment that has created a mutual relationship between them.
Rachael sites that Family Unit if well managed can bring success to a child’s life.
When conflict arises, of course on a few instances, they can easily approach and address their issues to their caregiver and receive attention more easily.
The family moved into a new setting a few weeks ago. This has enabled them get a spacious house and also break the monotony of staying in one place for along period of time.
Family unit above creates a sense of belonging and stability in the children. HOH puts them under this unit and recruits a mother to take care of them. If supported they can be put into foster homes that will enable them have a family.
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