Campaign Update

Coping With Sweet Pressure

Aramide Oikelome
Posted March 12, 2018 from Nigeria

Its been almost 6weeks since our bundle of joy arrived Goshen Home & Orphanage. Yes! She is 6weeks old. She is a precious gift to us and the older children. But her coming has also ushered in a new phase of challenges.

In saner climes, charity institutions like orphanages and care centres are either owned and funded by government or even where they are private establishments, they still enjoy good support from government. 

But it is not the same in this part of the world. Here, you must carry your cross and joggle it out as best as you can. You will have to source for funds to run the orphanage, feed the children, pay school fees, medical bills, staff salary and attend to all other expenses. It is only in very rare cases, perhaps during Christmas season that officials of the Social Welfare Unit donate few items, mostly noddles and rice to support your work.

And so the coming of Baby Goshen has in the last 6 weeks put pressure on us-: 

Yes! There is pressure to provide baby milk from time to time (and she eats a lot now); pressure of sleepless nights on the caregiver;  pressure of having to employ additional staff to cater for other children while the Matron focuses on her as Carer; and of course pressure of washing baby clothes and other stuff  now and again.

Indeed it has not been easy. All of us have had to make adjustments and sacrifices. Our schedules have had to change, especially when it comes to going out to source for funds.

But l must admit that it has been sweet pressure. The thought of giving life and joy to an hapless little girl makes the pain and pressure worth it all!

Who knows what she would turn out to be in the nearest future? Who knows if this is the next Amazon, the next Changemaker or the next Impact Leader? Who knows? Who knows?

 

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Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Mar 13, 2018
Mar 13, 2018

Ooooh  my sister she must be such a beautiful little bundle of joy. I know how hectic it is to look after babies since I have one who turned one year recently. It's a great sacrifice to look after them and for sure you are doing an amazing job because you just don't know what plans For has for her. Blessings and blessings are coming your way just make sure you are ready for them. Children are adorable and are a blessing so thank you for reaching out to these vulnerable children and giving them hope for a better life.  

Stay blessed my dear sister.  

Aramide Oikelome
Apr 03, 2018
Apr 03, 2018

Thank you so much Anita for your kind and encouraging words. Remain blessed and favoured!

jlanghus
Mar 13, 2018
Mar 13, 2018

Hi Aramide. Thanks for sharing your story about sweet Goshen. Do you have photos to share? I hope she finds a lovely and loving home soon, not only for her sake but for you and your staff as well. Please keep us posted.

Aramide Oikelome
Apr 03, 2018
Apr 03, 2018

Thanks Jill!

Yes we have loads of photos and l just posted one here. Thanks for your thoughts and care.

jlanghus
Apr 05, 2018
Apr 05, 2018

You're welcome:) Thanks for posting the photo of sweet Goshan. Has she found a home?

Obisakin Busayo
Mar 13, 2018
Mar 13, 2018

Well done my sister for the good job you are doing and for the story of that bundle of joy. God will surely reward your labour of Love

Aramide Oikelome
Apr 03, 2018
Apr 03, 2018

My Dear Sister,

I say a big 'Amen' to your prayers. Thank you for empowering our women and girls in such a profound way. God bless you more!

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Mar 16, 2018
Mar 16, 2018

Hello, Aramide,

I recently watched a video on TED Talk from someone who studies the state of orphanages in Europe. She begged her audience to stop putting babies to these institution and to help the children find families who can love and take care of them. She mentioned the challenges that you wrote, and it is really hard for caretakers in an orphanage to give absolute attention to a child. 

I can only imagine the difficulty you face in Nigeria, a poor country compared to Europe. I do hope Goshen wouĺd find a family soon and also may you have sufficient funds for your orphanage.

You are doing a great work. It is your mission and calling to do what you are doing. I honor you for your huge heart and your relentless service and love.

Thank you for caring for these orphans. Your love is greater.

Aramide Oikelome
Apr 03, 2018
Apr 03, 2018

Karen Dear,

I appreciate your sweet and encouraging words. I also believe God will answer your prayers for us. 

Thanks for being a blessing!

Cheers!

Aramide

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Apr 25, 2018
Apr 25, 2018

My pleasure, dear sister. 

Sophie Ngassa
Apr 03, 2018
Apr 03, 2018

My dear sis, Your story brings joy and sorrow. You all have been doing a great job.  Thanks for sharing and God bless you.

Aramide Oikelome
Apr 03, 2018
Apr 03, 2018

My Dear Sister,

We can only do our best and trust God for His blessings! 

Thanks for all the amazing work you are doing too.

Cheers!

Aramide