A wonderful group of homeless kids have found
shelter and support for the last 5 years, but they will face the
streets again very soon unless we raise $13,000 by January
31, 2017. The property owner must sell quickly (medical/financial
problems) and he's lowered the purchase price significantly, but
we only have a short time left. We made our first critical goal
of 50% by September 30th. That means we raised $14,000! We actually
exceeded the 50% and stopped the threat of sale on the open market.
That leaves about $13,000 to raise before January 31st.
If we fail to make the deadline, the property will be sold and
the kids will have to leave. Please help us make the Homeless
Children's Residential Center of Ouidah a reality. Can you or
your company help? If you have questions, contact me immediately
The project to help these children was started
by Martine de Souza and will be owned by APEF, a registered NGO
she founded, which has been helping women and children in remote
villages of Benin since 2001. For the last 5 years, helping local
homeless children has been a personal project for Martine, as
she fed, clothed, and counseled 8-14 children at her own expense.
During this fundraising campaign, we are not seeking money for
operations or finishing touches on the new construction (such
as toilets, beds, electrical hookup). However, any money that
we raise beyond the purchase price could be put to great use on
the facility, food, and school expenses (my donation in January
was enough to send nine children to school for the first time).
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project, I spent a month with Martine and these special children
in 2013. This project stands between the horror of children living
in alleys perpetrating petty crimes and the joy of a new life in
a supportive environment, going to school, and becoming productive
members of their society. Martine told me when she first noticed
children living in these conditions in Ouidah that she viewed this
as a "cancer" on her community.
The 1750 sq ft home sits within a walled and gated compound (offering
safety). The lot is large enough for the children to grow vegetables
and raise animals for their use and for sale in the market. The
home has 4 large bedrooms, two baths, and a large open kitchen/dining/living
area. There is large stairway to the roof, which is prepped for
second-story expansion in the future, if needed. The structure
is complete (doors and windows too), but the toilets and showers
need to be purchased and installed. The kitchen and dining area
need to be equipped modestly and bunk beds set up for 20 children.
The children have lacked all these things so far, which is why
Martine does not ask for them now. The priority is to secure this
unique property now. I have costs for all of these items if a
generous donor wants to sponsor specific items too.
Craig Sherod email@example.com