Bruinsma says, "The task is formidable but you have to just keep your head down and believe that you are making a difference one child and one family at a time."
The hottest week so far this summer yet Anda Bruinsma and her intrepid team of hikers are committed to their cause. They are heading for Nepal in October to make the long and challenging trek to Everest Base Camp. They are motivated by the good this trek will do for the children of Global Family Village. Each participant in the trek commits to raising $1500 to participate. This money will go directly to supporting families in the Bungamati Family Home.
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Global Family Village works with communities to accept and integrate "family-centered", "community-based" homes that care for disenfranchised children. Families of 8-10 children are created and a caregiver "mother" is hired to care for them as her family. The caregivers are largely widowed, single or displaced women whom we train. The families are partnered with elders in the community to act as grandparents. As well GFV provides ongoing professional psychological support to assist the children and ensure that the family functions in the best interests of all its members.
This model of orphan child care is unique, but the projected outcomes are expected to result in adult orphans who have a sense of place and belonging and who feel connected to "siblings", "parents", "grandparents" and "community.