In OLTL’s BEAUTIFUL HOME
all our children are provided with:
Our children are given the security of a house they can call home. Children are enabled in a way that they develop the ability to recognize and express their individual interests and talents.
OLTL’S unique intervention model ensures the holistic development of children:
The Four R’s of Sustainable Development
With the help of local authorities, community and family members, children at risk are identified and rescued from the streets and slums. Often, the children are found abused, abandoned, severely neglected, exploited and/or orphaned.
In OLTL’s BEAUTIFUL HOME orphaned or abandoned children are cared for in family homes by women who have dedicated their lives to being Housemothers. When our Founder, Courtney Deacon Lalotra, began rescuing children from the streets one by one, she eventually needed help to care for them. This is when the practice of hiring ‘housemothers’ was introduced.
A housemother is responsible for raising each child as her own and must be able to meet their physical and emotional needs from infancy right up to adulthood.
Training for a housemother takes up to two years, and includes three months of theoretical training (on subjects including education, counselling and child psychology, housekeeping, nutrition and conflict resolution) conducted by social workers and child care professionals. This is followed by one year of practical training working in a BEAUTIFUL HOME alongside the housemothers. This lengthy training period prepares them for the reality of becoming a housemother.
Once qualified, housemothers receive free room and board, a household allowance and a salary. Every day, housemothers ensure that the physical and emotional needs of her children are met and every child in her family is happy and feel that they belong.
STORIES OF LOVE
Read about the lives transformed through our ORPHANAGE