Anyone who has been to Harvest Children’s Home will tell you that the kids were the highlight of their trip. They are fun, loving and playful – a real reflection of the great environment they’re in.
They and their future are why HCH exists and why everyone involved sacrifices time, talents and resources.
There are typically 50-70 children living under the care of Harvest Children’s Home, ranging in age from 3 to 18. Thanks to the generosity of many, all the school age children are enrolled in school. A handful of our graduates are even attending University! Talk about changed lives!
The potential of these children is immeasurable. Who will they be? How many lives will they touch? What will they offer to their world as they grow and mature? We want to be there to make sure there is a future for them and all who will follow. So, take a few minutes and get to know our kids, and while you do, dream with them and consider just what these lives may become with the continued help of caring people like you.
A Day in the Life
A day in the life of a child at Harvest Children’s Home looks a bit like an average day for one of our children – minus all the modern conveniences. They’re awakened by their Matron around 5:30 am, and just after sunrise, the children gather in the activities room for the 1st order of the day – devotions. There they pray, quote scripture, and sing songs in their native tongue (Kom), also in English, and sometimes even French. Their natural joy and harmony is amazing to hear.
From there it’s chore time and from biggest to smallest, age 3 to 18, they all pitch in like family members should. Soon they hustle off to a cold shower, then eat their breakfast – which is usually a local grain cereal, and corn mush – then they’re off to school. The little ones play.
After school it’s homework then free time playing soccer or volleyball and perhaps some time in the computer lab. Dinner is some meat or beans, corn mush and greens, then each day is capped with evening devotions. At bedtime you can go into the dorms and see dozens of these orphaned kids on their knees giving thanks to the Lord for all He has given them. It’s beyond words. Saturdays are laundry day, then on Sundays they all go together to Salem Baptist Church across from the compound. It’s a routine that teaches them many important priorities, community and family skills and values.