Projects Abroad Jamaica brings cheer to New Hope Children's Home
“Priceless” is the best way to describe the expressions on the children’s faces at the New Hope Children’s Home, who were treated to a fun-day on May 27 courtesy of Projects Abroad Jamaica as part of Child Month.
The objective of this gesture was to allow the children to have a fun-filled day. Projects Abroad volunteer Emily Reilly said that, “it was such a new experience and it’s nice for the children to be part of something so special.” Projects Abroad Jamaica distributed party horns, whistles and balloons to the already beaming children. An inflated bounce-a-bout was the main attraction and was the source of much cheer and laughter among the children. While it was being inflated, they stood in awe and patiently waited until it was firm enough to be used.
New experience with mixed reactions
Project Officer, Carolyn Brown and volunteer Reilly provided the New Hope staff with assistance by supervising the children inside the bounce-a-bout. The neighbor’s children were also invited to be a part of the excitement. After a few minutes, the children were bouncing and sliding out of the bounce-a-bout like professionals. A few children were nervous of it and decided to watch while the others bounced up and down and ran in and out of it. Some were also too busy blowing whistles and playing with the other toys. Laughter filled the air as the children jumped, slid and rolled in the bounce-a-bout.
After two hours of bouncing the children were invited to have snacks that were sponsored by Projects Abroad Jamaica. They had cupcakes, rainbow cookies, fruits, and apple juice. Ms. Brown said “The children definitely had a great time; from playing in the bounce-a-bout to gathering for snacks and collecting whistles and horns. It was a wonderful day volunteering and the children and staff’s reaction to the gesture was more than satisfying for me.”
New Hope Children’s Home is a privately owned government approved agency that was founded by Mrs. Amanda Williams and has been operating for 25 years. It is home to 23 children ages 0-5yrs of age. Mrs. Williams said that she came to Jamaica as a volunteer with ‘Youth on a Mission’ and was posted in Newport, Manchester. “Somebody gave me a child to watch and from there the ministry was started. I love Jamaica and my husband and children are Jamaican, so I decided to start the children’s home here.” Mrs. Williams explained that each child of New Hope has a government officer assigned to them. They regularly visit the child and always try as a first priority to return them to their family. Once children are placed at New Hope they are treated with care and nurtured by dedicated staff at the centre.
She says that “we are guided by Psalm 23 and in the last month we’ve had quite a few adoptions with some interested families having to wait for as long as 10 years. New Hope Children’s Home is open to the public and interested persons or groups are always welcome to volunteer at the home.”