By Ruth Remudaro
Yara Bashreheel once said, “Home is nothing but two arms holding you tight when you’re at your worst,” and Forever Angels has dozens of arms wide open.
Forever Angels Baby Home located in Tanzania works together with Forever Angels UK, both being non-profit organizations. Forever Angels in Tanzania is managed by an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) and is also a non-profit company. The two work together and meet frequently to decide on how to best spend any donations the organization receive, and also how to improve the standards of the Baby Home to provide the best possible service.
The objective is to promote and raise awareness of orphaned and abandoned children in Tanzania and to support initiatives that help relieve the problem in the community. They do their best to diminish social and economic disadvantage to poverty-stricken and HIV positive families, orphaned or abandoned children.
The orphanage employs local Tanzanians to aid with childcare, teaching, play therapy, etc. The baby home in Tanzania is always looking for volunteers who love children and who are willing to give their time, love and care to those who just need someone to be there for them.
The baby home has approximately 60 children ranging from ages zero to five and the organizations prime goal is to have all children placed in loving and secure home.
Mother-daughter duo Christina and Emily Battaglini travelled to Tanzania in 2014 to join several other volunteers at the baby home and were overwhelmed with the impact those small lives had on them during their time there.
Emily at the time had only just turned 18 and her mother said that she was worried about how the trip would affect her, fearing that she was not yet mature enough to handle what she was bound to see. Christina is a public health nurse who deals with sexual health and diseases so she, unlike her daughter, is very familiar with sickness, disease and the impact it inflicts on a persons life.
“I tell Emily stories about the people I’ve dealt with through my job but this will be a face to face meeting with something very outside her understanding,” Christina says.
Emily reminisced on her time spent at the orphanage. She said, “It wasn’t easy. Dealing with some of the kids pulling at my earrings and having bad attitudes was just the half of it, but I wouldn’t have changed anything.”
She said that the people in Tanzania not only taught her about dealing with illness but about true happiness and how it doesn’t come from all the materialistic things we fill our homes with.
“These people were happy with so little and they were so grateful for our love and attention. Not a single thing could have ruined their day, not even being reminded of how sick they were.”
The Forever Angels Baby Home is a dream come true for founder Amy Hathaway. After seeing famine and distress growing up, Hathaway decided to take matters into her own hands and the baby home is the result of all her passion and hard work.
Hathaway opened up her heart and the baby home back in 2006 and has since cared for over 270 babies while reuniting 125 with relatives. She has also found adoptive families for 48 children.
You can read more about Forever Angels and Amy’s story by visiting their website at http://www.foreverangels.org/