Sunday, December 09, 2007

Holiday Greetings from Sam's House

When 2007 began we hoped we had set reasonable goals. We wanted to find a suitable house with a good school nearby, to hire and train children’s home staff, and to open Sam’s House with 15 children by the year’s end. We had saved up three years of funding.

In March 2007 Sam’s House opened its doors with two young girls—one whose parents had passed away; the other whose mother was unable to care for her any longer. Today we have nineteen children (twelve girls and seven boys) who are flourishing, gaining weight, going to school, and growing with the strength and security that comes from having a loving family around you.

The children live in a beautiful two-story home in a quiet neighborhood, just five minutes from Gorkha English Boarding School where they attend classes. They sleep in clean, comfortable beds, and have two homework sessions a day. They eat healthy meals in the dining room, and play with toys and read books in the evening time.

We hired four women to raise the children. They prepare meals, clean, and attend to the children’s needs with care and affection and love. Each of these women had been unable to find work before coming to Sam’s House. Today they feel a sense connection with society again, caring for young children and providing for their future. And for this we will always take care of them.

In 2007, we met and surpassed all our expectations—because of you.

On behalf of all the children and our staff, thank you for making 2007 a year we will never forget. The future will have its challenges—we plan to grow—but today we give thanks to you a look back at how you have changed 19 lives for the better.


EStein said...

I would like to see a song representing the Jewish Holiday of Hannuka. Perhaps "8 Crazy Nights" by Adam Sandler or Light my Fire" by The Doors.

Sheila said...

That was the best version of Jingle Bells I've heard!

Thanks to everyone at the House for practicing really hard for their musical debut. :)

Melanie H said...

This video makes me cry (in a good way). I second what Sheila said - that was a great version of Jingle Bells!

Moeski said...

You are both an inspiration to us all. Congratulations on not only making your dreams come true, but others as well. God Bless. Moe