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FHM is currently helping the following projects:

  • EBOLA VIRUS: FHM is taking leading roles both in the prevention of the spread of the virus and in aiding victims and their families.
  • Bumbuna : FHM has its roots in Bumbuna. The Movement began as a means to give support to children in need of food, clothing, shelter and education. This town was a centre of attraction during the heydays of the Bumbuna Hydro Electric Project in the 1980s. During this time child abuse was rampant: illiteracy, homelessness and orphaned children created widespread social problems.  It was because of these abuses that the FHM founder, Rev. Fr. Berton, came to the rescue of these children by forming this Movement with the help of the community elders. It was initially referred to as “ HOSPITALITY HOMES” and is  now known as the “FAMILY HOMES MOVEMENT”. Today, with the help of the Movement , there is a junior secondary school (St. Matthew’s Secondary School), a building which was once a  library and is used today as a Community Hall, a parish house and ten (10) houses build in order to accommodate these wandering children. Presently, 93  children are in these different homes being cared for by community elders with the support of the Movement.  FHM, through generous contributions from abroad, has also secured forty-two acres of land and a tractor to help the community for agriculture purposes.
  • Mayenkineh: This is an impoverished community in the Eastern part of Freetown which was particularly hard hit in 1999 when rebels invaded the city.  It is almost impossible to reach this area by car; one has to climb the long stretch of hills on foot.  This community had no pipe-borne water supply, no electricity, no good roads and above all no school.  It was in this light that the Movement, in collaboration with the community and using funds solicited from friends abroad and AVSI, an Italian organization, undertook the construction of a primary school project. This was to help the hundreds of children who had to walk long distances to various schools. Now the community can boast of one of the best  primary, junior and senior secondary schools in the Western Area and a pre-school in addition.  There are over one thousand pupils in all.  In addition, there is a Mother and Child clinic and a church is currently under construction in this community. Over the years, the Movement has offered plots of lands to member families and, with support from private donors, some families were provided with permanent structures in which to settle and eventually access the educational and health facilities that the Movement has provided. 
  • Providence School: This school, founded in 2012 in Calaba Town, is an extension of the Mayenkineh Holy Family School.
  • Nenka : A community up the hills in the East end of Freetown where FHM intervened in providing the basic funds needed to establish a primary school.
  • War Widows : this community of some 125 people is based at Grafton.  These poor widows are mainly engaged in agriculture and small scale business.  The Movement is finding it difficult now to provide for the upkeep of these widows because of the expansion of the activities and the unavailability of funds. However eight acres of land was purchased by the movement with the aim of building simple but dignified houses to settle these war widows.
  • Lakka : This is a tiny community in the outskirts of Freetown along the peninsula highway. Access to this community was very difficult in the past because of the poor condition of the road linking this village to the City.  It is however, this village that hosts the interim care centre (ICC) located at St. Michael’s lodge. There are children (especially girls) who have strayed from their families to follow tourists along the numerous beaches within this vicinity.  The movement has therefore helped to refurbish the Sengbeh Pieh Secondary school (the only secondary school) available in this community.  This is in order to help instill some sense into these children that they have a right to education.  At present there are 47 beneficiaries in the ICC settled with caregivers awaiting family tracing and possible reunification with their families.
  • Sima Town: A property in this village along the Freetown-Waterloo highway was handed over to the Movement by a group called GRUPPO AGRICOLO LE SPERANZE of Italy which was represented by PAOLO ROSA, an Italian, who lost his life here in Sierra Leone five years ago. Three families have been settled in this property for security and to help the community in development activities such as education, agriculture and Catholic catechesis.
  • Kuntoloh: a plot of land containing a two-storey building. The downstairs is presently being used for a preschool and primary school.
  • Deep Eye Water: The FHM was provided with eight acres of land on lease by the Ministry of Lands for the promotion of skills training and Vocational education. Since 2007 the Holy Family Vocational institute is operating with modern woodwork machines in the production of furniture for schools, offices and private buildings. In addition FHM has constructed 2 permanent structures for families who are presently residing there.

 

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This site was last modified on Monday, 1 February, 2016