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. These young lives are also filled with dreams and hopes – great expectations of what lies ahead in their lives.
They and their future are why HCH exists and why everyone involved sacrifices time, talents and resources. Think about it – how do you measure the worth of their 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 – these ones who would be forgotten and cast aside if it weren’t for this Oasis of hope called Harvest Children’s Home. So please – take a few minutes and get to know our kids. Look at their pictures, read a bit about them. These are real, honest to goodness lives out there. And while you do, let your mind wander; dream with them and consider just what these lives may become with the continued help of caring people like you and me.
Currently there are around 60 children living under the care of Harvest Children’s Home in Fundong, Cameroon – although this number varies as children are brought to the home and some children return to living with their extended families. Thanks to the generosity of many like you and me, all the school age children are enrolled in public school. A few of the older children are approaching University age and it would be wonderful if we could send them. Can you imagine the difference that could make in their future?
A Day in the Life
A day in the life of a child at Harvest Children’s Home looks a good bit like an average day for one of our children – minus all the modern conveniences. In fact, in some ways it may even be more ideal than ours. They’re awakened by staff caregivers around 5:30 am, and just after sunrise, the children gather in the small dining hall 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, they all pitch in like family members should. Soon they hustle off to a cold outdoor shower, then eat their breakfast which is usually a local grain cereal, and corn mush. Then they’re off to school under the watchful eyes of their caregivers. Little ones are off to play.
During the school day, all the orphans come back for lunch, then return to finish school. Afterwards it’s homework and free time. Now they don’t sit in front of a TV or computer. Instead they read or interact with each other, playing and sharing life together. Dinner is 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. That’s a typical day of life at Harvest Children’s Home in Fundong, Cameroon. On Saturdays, it’s laundry day and everyone pitches in, then on Sundays they all go together to Salem Baptist Church right there next to the compound. It’s a routine that teaches them many important community and family skills and values.