Since, September 2015 we have been supporting orphaned and vulnerable children and youths in Sierra Leone. The effects of recent outbreaks of Ebola have disrupted and shattered the lives of those living in Sierra Leone.
The Fig Tree Children is a Brisbane based charity set up to raise awareness and funding to support programs in Sierra Leone aimed to help orphaned and vulnerable Children and youths.
Easter is an important and valued tradition in the Sierra Leone community. It provides an opportunity for individuals to come together and participate in celebrations less as friends and more like family.
Many of The Fig tree Children live in different regions and don’t get together unless a celebration like this is organised. The last party that was organised for these children was Christmas 2015, it was a huge success! We provided approximately 100 children with a new outfit, food, drinks and music and also transport to and from the venue. They had such a good time, we want to do it again. Hence, an Easter party 2017 .
We invited 52 children already sponsored and approximately another 50 who are on a waiting list to be sponsored. Many of these children have siblings so they were invited too, as were their carers and the in-country volunteers for The Fig Tree Children.
Bringing these people together in one place was very special. The comradeship and pride in being a member of The Fig Tree Family. It was an opportunity for them all to see one another again, share stories, make new friends and feel part of something.
A wonderful time was had by all!