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Neema Children's Home

Neema Children’s Home was established in 2005 by Joshua and Miriam Mbithi to care for HIV+ affected and infected children. There are numerous effects of HIV/AIDS on Kenyan society and more so the stability of families, however the obvious victims are the helpless children.
It is with this concern in mind coupled with God’s call that the Mbithis set up Neema Children’s Home. Neema is a Kiswahili word meaning “Grace”.
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Philippines - Philemon

Bruce and Elaine have been supporting and working with Roy and Adora since January 2007 and are impressed by their dedication and commitment to see the lives of the poor and disadvantaged turned around.     This association has strengthened and we have made numerous self-funded trips to the Philippines and with some limited support in Australia and the support of Roy and Adora, have self-funded a school that has grown way beyond what anyone of us could have imagined                                          


             Bruce and Elaine                                 Roy and Adora                           .


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DOC & DOL - Jimma Child Sponsorship

(Project Officer: Christine Hoffman & Sandi Petersen)
Development and Welfare and Relief

Children in this program are aged from pre-school to teens, and are often in orphan siblings groups or in homes where poverty and illness are seriously limiting the capacity of parents to provide adequately for them, leaving the children at risk of malnutrition and illiteracy. 


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JBE -Jimma - Blind Education

Education for Blind Children

(Project Officer: Sandi Petersen)
Relief and Development    

This project which started in 2010 is providing education for children with vision impairment in Jimma. There are no educational facilities for blind children in the region.

Many schools in Ethiopia are very basic with 60-100 students in each class, and often no books or facilities, so for a blind child to learn in this environment is almost impossible. Ever since I became aware of the challenges blind children face in Ethiopia through some of the children in our sponsorship projects, I have hoped to somehow help them get to school.

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BBL - Bonga Elementary School

The Bonga Elementary School is the oldest school in the poorest of poor areas. Over 950 children attend the school from Grade 3- Grade 8.
This school has no resources what so ever.


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LIW-school - Liwan and Dekia Housing

A Boarding House for Liwan Students in Dekia  

Given the Liwan School only goes up to grade 4, those reaching higher grades come to Dekia to continue their schooling. There are now about 24 children – including 6 girls – in Dekia attending grade 5, 6 and 7. This is very exciting, given no one in their village had ever reached this level of schooling, and I hope that in years to come, these students will be able to help their village through being teachers, nurses, engineers and other skills so that Liwan can become a self sufficient thriving community.


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LHP - Liwan - Health Post

A Health-Post for Liwan   

Liwan is a very remote village that WFA has been involved in over the past 5 years after we were approached with a plea to help provide a school and clean water for the village. The village is home to the Shuro people who have been marginalised and isolated, with no shared language with other cultural groups. The whole village was illiterate and they had no clean water, no toilets, no reliable food source and lacked health care and other basic services. Please see the following website for further information:                                                                                            

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Kenya Testimony Faith Homes

Kenya Testimony Faith Homes

Situated in Eldoret, Kenya, Testimony Faith Homes is currently comprised of three homes for children ages 3-17 and two   hostels for girls and boys aged over 18. Each house has an employed set of parents who care for the children in their care as they would their own family. Each house has approximately 40 children in the family from various tribal backgrounds and different circumstances as to how they became orphaned. Testimony School is located on the compound along with boarding facilities for both primary and secondary students as well as a Day Care Centre. The school’s financial governance is separated from that of the homes and it does not contribute to the homes financially. However, the school does provide the children of Testimony Homes with free education and opportunities that the children would otherwise not receive.


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Thailand Nong Khai

Thailand Sponsorships.

One type of Sponsorship that WFA is:

World Families Australia supports the education and development of the child who lives within a family situation. The sponsors funds are channeled towards the children in a whole community, the aim being to lift the level of education for the whole group. In the cases where children are unsupported the social workers ensure that they do not remain unfunded and in these cases funds are spread as required.

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Sri Lanka Marawila

This project helps indigent families living in and around Colombo. It is run by the Salvation Army. Children are sponsored to ensure that they go to school and are adequately looked after.

Contact World Families Australia office for further information.

Sri Lanka St Mary's Girls Home & St Joseph's Boys Home

Situated at Kochchikade, these homes are run by the Catholic Church. They are well run orphanages looking after many children.

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Sri Lanka Good Shepherd Convent

Good Shepherd Convent:

The Good Shepherd Convent is situated 10km north of Colombo at Nyakakanda which is about 1km from the sea. They have a day school for local children, a large live in section for older orphaned children and a 40 cot nursery for abandoned or relinquished children or infants in need of short term emergency care.


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DOL - Jimma Education

Jimma Leprosy Communities Schools (project officer: Sandi Petersen):

Through this project WFA has funded the building of a pre-school in Tulema Leprosy Village for educating and food support for over 100 children. The current focus is to assist (with other donors) extending Gingo School to grade 4. Those in the leprosy communities were suffering from devastating poverty, previously living on the streets with no income other than begging. Access to schooling has made an enormous difference to the self esteem and future opportunities for the entire community.

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SAM - Samerro

Samerro Project

coordinated by Gemma Pilcher

Samerro is a small rural village in Western Ethiopia, toward the Sudan border. The village population is just over 2000 people, of which 98% are subsistence farmers. The poverty is great and without education there is little hope of improvement for the next generation.

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L&H MKI & MKS - Meskele Kristos Education & Care

Meskele Kristos is a desperately poor village where the families struggle to provide for the needs of their family members. Children often go hungry, suffer from malnutrition and illness. Many don’t even own a pair of shoes or enough clothes to complete one outfit for them to wear.


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Bonga Rural Projects

The projects in Bonga Rural Region are a multifaceted and holistic approach for the poor in this area.          

They include: 
  • the Liwan School and Clean Water project,                                                                                       
  • The Shashenda Library,
  • The Boarding House for rural students in Bonga,                                                                          
  • the Flood Relief Program,
  • the Child Sponsorship Program in conjunction with the Lazarist Priests.                                             



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