“from babies with love provides a double benefit” says Florenece Phiri, SOS Children’s Villages Zambia Director. “Customers will buy a gift for a baby here, and the profits are a gift to another, vulnerable baby elsewhere.”
Last week I met Florence at the English Speaking Union, a charitable organisation in a beautiful old building in the heart of Mayfair, London. We discussed how from babies with love’s profits will make a huge difference to orphaned and abandoned children.
Florence explained that the diference a children’s village makes is enormous. “When an orphaned or abandoned child comes to the village they are given a family – brothers, sisters and a mother to look after them. They have a home and can begin a new life.”
For example, Florence described a baby girl, Namwene, who was adandoned at a police station. The policy brought her to a children’s village and since living there she has blossomed. Now 6 years old, Namwene is a beautiful girl who has grown in confidence – Florence recalled a day that she came in to her office and cheekily took some biscuits! Such confidence is an enormous change, to a child who was once vulnerable, but who now has a home and is free to walk around the children’s village, her village.
from babies with love is supporting the building and running of a nursery school in a new children’s village in Chipata, Zambia. In Chipata, the main town in Zambia’s Eastern Province, there is a particularly high rate of family breakdown and child abandonment. Around 1 in 6 of all children there are orphans, compared to 1 in 12 in the general Zambian population.
The new village will give a safe and loving home for up to 130 children, and hundreds more will live there in the future. The nursery will provide day time care for 90 children, from the children’s village itself and neighbouring communities. Florence explained that “the nursery is important for early childhood education. It follows the principles of learnng through play, so that the children have confidence as they grow up”.
Our profits will help all these children receive the fair start in life they deserve. from babies with love sponsors individual babies to be loved and cared for in an SOS Children’s Village, and is supporting Chipata Village to build and run the nursery. Florence left with a final message to pass on: “buy baby clothes at www.frombabieswithlove.org because you will have double satisfaction! You buy a great quality, organic product, and at the same time you help a child somewhere else – a double gain – please do that!”