This holiday season, our thoughts turn to all the children in the world who don’t have a safe, loving home this year. It’s estimated that 153 million children worldwide have lost one or both parents and are classified as orphans or vulnerable children. For these children, life is not an opportunity to grow and learn, dream or play or be part of a loving family, instead it is a lonely struggle for survival.
But there is hope.
For the last 20 years, Ecologia Youth Trust has supported many vulnerable and disadvantaged children to grow up in a safe, loving environment. Children who would have grown up alone and uncared for if Ecologia Youth Trust hadn’t been able to help.
Every child deserves to love and be loved
Our work continues to change lives for children like Daniel and Joseph, who are now cared for at Sky Is The Limit Children’s Centre, in Uganda, just one of the projects supported by Ecologia Youth Trust.
Daniel was just two months old when his mother died, leaving him and his older brother Joseph to be cared for by their father. Sadly, their father died shortly after, leaving the little boys all alone in the world. Fortunately Sky Is The Limit was able to provide the boys with the home, love and care every child deserves.
Daniel’s favourite subject is mathematics and he loves riding a bicycle and playing football. He makes his own footballs out of banana fibre. Joseph loves animals and wants to be a vet when he grows up. He says “I am happy I’ve got a family here, where we all live as brothers and sisters.”
Changing lives forever
Four year old twins, Vasya and Vanya’s lives changed forever when they came to Kitezh Children’s Community last year.
The two little boys had been living in an orphanage because their parents were unable to care for them. When they arrived at Kitezh in May 2014, they were withdrawn and hardly spoke or smiled. Most of the words they knew were swear words and the only colour they could identify was black.
After just a year with their new foster parents Vlad and Irina, the boys are thriving. They laugh and play like typical four year olds and love helping out on Kitezh’s farm, where they spend time with the animals and know the names of all the tools and machinery even better than the names of colours!
We still need your support to help children like Daniel, Joseph, Vasya and Vanya fulfil their potential and have the childhood they deserve. By making a donation or joining our child sponsorship scheme, we invite you to support us in enabling disadvantaged children to fulfil their potential.
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Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Hogmanay!