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A Place to Feel Safe and Open Up

Happy August and Summer Holidays to all of you in the UK. In this month’s update, we learn about the importance of having the opportunity to provide a safe space away from danger and temptations when working with vulnerable young people. This is something that the Trustees of Service of Hope understand well, as it is in the area we all work in as our daily jobs, in the UK. But it’s good to be reminded of it through the work of My Father’s House and the necessary and vital relationship that Ian and his team are building with those they are working with in Olinda. Below, Ian shares how a trip to the Farm, just outside Olinda, away from the temptation and dangers, led to one of the boys opening up.

A Word from Ian Meldrum: My Fathers House

Since our last report, there has been several comings and goings at My Father’s House. Actually, our August numbers are currently 11 boys and are as follow:

Davi: Following his Birthday, he is now seventeen years old.
Lucas: Sixteen years old.
Victor: Sixteen years old and is spending time with possible adoption parents, but still under our responsibility.
Kauã: Fourteen years old.
José Antonio: Also known as Tony and is thirteen years old
Rafael: Thirteen years old.
Eduardo: Thirteen years old.
Gabriel:  Ten years old,
and borthers: Cauê: Seven years old and; Caio: Ten years old (Their eldest brother Cauan (thirteen years old) has returned to a home in Recife)
Finally, we have a newcomer, Samuel (see photo), who is 14 years old.

A day out at the farm as well as a break from the house provides an excellent opportunity for the boys to open up a little and share a little of their story. I took four of the older ones recently, and as well as having some fun {football and jumping into the river], I was able to sit down with Samuel for a chat. Here is just a little of what he shared:

“I know I am 14 years old but don’t know my birthday! I have 10 brothers and sisters and my mother Joseane is 42. I remember a little of my father who died of chronic alcoholism when I was 7.  After he died I began to smoke. At first just cigarettes but I soon went on to drugs.”

He says that there are times when he stills wants to smoke “crack” and at My Father’s House, for the time being we cannot allow him to start school, but  when asked what he wanted to do now he replied “Study and learn to read”. At the farm he proved that he could climb to the top of a coconut tree in 20 seconds flat!

Such stories are the reality of many of our boys we work with, which makes the work and your support even more important to us. Thank you, for your continued support to this work

Yours Sincerely
Ian Meldrum