FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q. Where is Love Home Orphanage located?
A. Love Orphanage is located in a residential neighborhood in Banawa Cresent, kaduna South.
Q. What are Love Home Orphanage’s official credentials?
A. Love Orphanage went through the lengthy and scrutinizing process of being official licensed by the Kaduna State government as a recognized orphanage. As such, Love Home Orphanage has legal guardianship of the children and is responsible for their welfare and care. The State government routinely conducts surprise inspections of orphanages, and in 2014 began a “housekeeping” initiative to shut down many orphanages that are being poorly run. Love Home Orphanage prides itself on taking great care of our children and following the government protocols.
Q. Why was Love Home Orphanage necessary?
A. Some of the children were abandoned by their parents after birth because they could no longer care for them, some children's parent were killed by the boko-haram insurgent, and some parents have deceased. Unlike developed countries that have governmental agencies to care for orphans, the only way they are cared for in Nigeria is by orphanages.
Q. Are there any other orphanages in the country or near Love Home Orphanage?
A. There are other orphanages near Love Home Orphanage. The size, quality, and conditions of orphanages vary greatly. It is common for larger orphanages to have sponsors like American churches, corporations, or individuals who donate private funds. Because of the funding challenge, orphanages without large sponsors often struggle to make ends meet.
Q. How are children brought to Love Home Orphanage? Do siblings stay together?
A. Children come to the orphanage by referral from family or community members. There are several pairs of siblings at Love Home Orphanage. Since the orphanage started in 2010 with 5 children, it has grown slowly by taking in more children.
Q. Will Love Home Orphanage continue to accept more children?
A. In order for Love Home Orphanage to accept additional children, more funding and a larger space are necessary.
Q. How many staff support does Love Home Orphanage have?
A. Love Home Orphanage has three full time support staff that provide cooking, cleaning, childcare, house maintenance, and security. Two of the support staff live on the premises.
Q. What is school like for children at Love Home Orphanage?
A. All of the children at Love Home Orphanage except for the very youngest are now going to school. The educational system here is very traditional and focuses on the basic subjects: math, reading, history and science with most memorization. Some teachers are not highly qualified so the education in some schools does not have great quality. Students always wear uniforms and must buy their books and supplies. This is additional cost and hard for many parents to purchase.
Q. How does poverty impact the children’s day to day lives?
A. Poverty affects the children in many ways. Because they were born into poverty, many of them were severely malnourished before coming to Love Home Orphanage. Their health has improved, but still lacks full nutrition due to the diet of white rice, pasta, beans, and little protein or vegetables. Poverty also means no regular access to medical care for doctor’s visits. It affects quality of living, such as electricity, transportation, access to education, or even entertainment.
Q. Can I really make a difference?
A. It really is possible to make a difference when many people give what they can. All donations and money go directly to the orphanage. So when people choose to give, they are having a direct on Love Home Orphanage and making a real difference.
Q. How is Love Home Orphanage funded?
A. Personal savings of our President and Founder, Pastor Gbolahan Badmus, assistance from friends and family, and private donations.
Q. How are monetary donations allocated? Does my entire donation go to Love Home Orphanage?
A. A tax exempt of 50%, We The Village, was established to spread awareness, raise funds, and support Love Home Orphanage. We The Village is volunteer based, which means monetary donations go directly to their intended cause, and not administrative overhead. All donations are distributed to Love Home Orphanage to support their needs.
Q. Is it safe to travel to Kaduna?
A. As mentioned in the US State Department Travel Warning, hundreds of thousands of Americans visit the country every year. However it is important to be aware of the risks and take necessary precautions. For more information, visit http://travel.state.gov While we can provide assistance and suggestions in making travel plans and minimizing risk, individuals are ultimately responsible for making sure they adhere to precautions and use their own judgment.
Q. Can donations be shipped to Kaduna?
A. Shipping to Kaduna is logistically risky and expensive. For this reason, supplies are normally transported by volunteers themselves. This limits what can be transported at one time, but assures that the donations make it to Love Home Orphanage.
A LOVING HOME FOR CHILDREN IN NEED.
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LOVE HOME ORPHANAGE
''WE THINK SOMETIMES THAT POVERTY IS ONLY BEING HUNGRY, NAKED AND HOMELESS. THE POVERTY OF BEING UNWANTED, UNLOVED AND UNCARED FOR IS THE GREATEST POVERTY. WE MUST START IN OUR OWN HOMES TO REMEDY THIS KIND OF POVERTY''.
A Vision is Born
Love Home Orphanage was founded by Pastor Badmus Gbolahan, a native from the region of South West. Gbolahan previously worked as a translator for American missionary groups volunteers. Through this work, Gbolahan had the opportunity to tour many parts of the country, witnessing firsthand the profound level of devastation of Northern people. In terrorism, hardship, children often face the most severe suffering. It was during these travels that Gbolahan was inspired to take action. And so a vision was born – to directly improve the lives of children from the most impoverished conditions in the North.
Taking the Leap
Unlike developed nations that have governmental agencies to provide assistance and care for orphans (foster care), in the north the only care is provided by privately funded orphanages. Gbolahan took a leap of faith in starting Love Home Orphanage with his small personal savings and a big dream. He was offered rent-free space in a building on a commercial street of Banawa, Kaduna South, which allowed him to open the orphanage despite limited resources.
On April 7, 2011, with 2 rooms and a few blankets, Love Home Orphanage welcomed its first 4 homeless children to their new home. Love Home Orphanage has since grown, currently supporting 50 children ages 3 to 15 years old.