Nine-year-old Toben* often has to take on the responsibility of being a parental figure to his siblings, in place of his absent father. Sadly, Toben’s father struggles with alcohol abuse and has left his place as head of the household, leaving his wife as the primary breadwinner for the family. When Esther, a Care Worker from Eagles Wings Community Based Organisation (CBO), heard about Toben’s situation, she visited his home and immediately saw his vulnerability.
In response, Esther invited Toben to the Care Point where he was enrolled at the Eagles Wings Community School and began receiving a hot and nutritious meal daily and support with his basic health care. Toben loves his teacher, Esther, who is also his Care Worker, and is happy when she visits his family, encouraging his mother and praying with them.
11-year-old Mercy* lives with her two brothers and great-aunt, Anita*. Mercy can be described as a kind and gentle young girl, who loves school and playing with her friends. Last year Biodun, Mercy’s Care Worker, noticed that Mercy was unwell. Mercy was taken to the clinic where she was found to be suffering from a severe case of malaria. Mercy is now recovering and is gaining strength each day. Anita is grateful for the life-saving support provided by Biodun and the other Care Workers at the Eagles Wings Care Point in Nigeria.
“I became a Care Worker because I like to care for the orphaned and vulnerable children because it is the work of God. One of the things I love about being a Care Worker is that it's not simply about cooking for the children but it’s visiting them in their homes. It’s knowing how they feel and being able to help them with their homework, pray for them and encourage them.”
– Dupe is a volunteer #CareWorker in the community of Eagles Wings, #Nigeria.
When Mrs. Joseph, a Care Worker from Eagle’s Wings Community Based Organisation (CBO), saw five-year-old Abel* with his grandmother, Mama Lewa*, begging for money on the side of the road, she knew she needed to find out their story. As she listened to Mama Lewa share, Mrs. Joseph learned that Abel’s father had left and his mother had passed away. Due to her age, Mama Lewa is unable to work, making it a challenge to provide even the most basic necessities for her grandson.
Upon hearing their story, Mrs. Joseph knew she needed to advocate for Abel and his grandmother and invited him to regularly attend the Care Point. The Care Workers have committed to caring for Abel’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
40 Days of Prayer - Day 22 - As part of the Hands at Work vision and to provide holistic care for each child, we fight for children to have access to education. Across Africa, uniforms are provided and school fees are paid by Hands at Work to ensure that these children can have access to a community or government school. Pray for the teachers who invest many hours a day into teaching our children; ask God to guide them in their words and actions as they live as role models to their classes. Pray they will have wisdom in assessing each child’s needs and show love and care to the children they teach. #40Days2017 When you step into the Ilaje Community School where the Eagle’s Wings Community Based Organisation (CBO) operates from, there is a tangible sense of warmth and joy radiating from the children and teachers. This is place is much more than just a school, it's a life centre where children feel loved, safe and accepted. Currently, there are six teachers who are extremely dedicated in ensuring the education of the children they teach. They display Christ’s love in their words and actions and are devoted to even visiting the children outside of school in their own homes.
Ilaje, Community, #Nigeria. Abigail* and her family are refugees from neighbouring Benin. Since they arrived in Lagos, finding work and a stable income has proved nearly impossible. For many years, Abigail was forced to work alongside her mother and sister, selling small goods at the market in exchange for daily food provision. Since being identified by the #CareWorkers in Ilaje, Abigail and her sister were given a place in school and daily food security. Abigail has now caught up with her missed school years and is in grade 6. #StoriesOfTheMostVulnerable #Hope