In February of 2021, we introduced a new feature on the blog. Since then, we've been able to share updates on many of our children and celebrate their growth and progress. We are grateful for your part in their story, whether through sponsorship, travel, a donation to the building campaign, or prayer. This week, we would like to introduce you to James.
How it Started - Meet James. James has called The Raining Season home for more than twelve years. James was born on April 9, 2008. James, along with his older brother, came to The Raining Season in March of 2010, just before his second birthday. His father died in a tragic ferry accident in 2009 that took an estimated 300 lives and brought several children to our center for care. After his father passed, his mother was unable to give the boys the care they needed, so James and his brother were placed at The Raining Season. James is nonverbal and deaf and also has cognitive delays. Because of this, he has called the Hope Apartment home since coming to our center.
How It's Going - Today, James is fourteen years old. He continues to receive excellent care in the Hope Apartment and also attends Milton Margai School for the Deaf. Recently, James has had the opportunity to Skype with a sponsor who is teaching him sign language. James likes to play with Joseph, who also lives in the Hope Apartment. He is also a big help, often volunteering to help with chores like mopping up spills, carrying items into the apartment, and even taking clothes off the line and folding them.
James' story could have looked very different if it weren't for The Raining Season. Over twelve years, James has been able to celebrate both big and small milestones. Even though James is non-verbal, he radiates joy and love. He is loved by his aunties, uncles, brothers, and sisters at the center. We are so grateful for the Hope Apartment and the care it provides him. Our aunties in the Hope Room are compassionate and loving. Their gentle spirits and ability to connect with children in the Hope Room are an incredible blessing to the children and The Raining Season. We are thankful for the capabilities and resources to serve some of our most vulnerable children in Sierra Leone day in and day out.
Thank you for your continued support so that we can continue to serve children like James.
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