Mother’s day is great opportunity to thank those wonderful Mum’s for their support and unconditional love. With this in mind I thought it could be a good opportunity to write about Joy, a  rather special ‘Mother’ to a group of children and young adults, living in Sri lanka; some tragically orphaned by the Tsunami, others abandoned by their parents trapped in poverty.

Joy set off for Sri Lanka just after the Tsunami struck, her personal mission was to help in any way she could. Her spirit of self-sacrifice and blind determination resulted in the creation of the Village of Hopes and Dreams. A place to live as part of community cared for by Joy. Some of the fantastic young individuals that live in the village were literally left on Joy’s door stop. Joy took them in, housed them fed them and not only arranges physiotherapy and medical care to those who require it but offers an education, apprenticeships and training programmes providing these young people with chance to gain employment and build their own futures.

Joy recently wrote to me with the following news “A month ago we took the most darling little boy from an orphanage.  He is cerebral palsy and has been in the orphanage since he was a baby, he had nothing to look at except the ceiling, and he was on a smelly rubber mattress. I was told he never moves, and never smiles……you should see him now.  I walked out of that place with a very very sad little boy, he is now smiling nearly all the time, he has moved his arms, he has even done a high five with another little boy.  He loves his feet rubbed and strangely he absolutely loves the sound of Mickey Mouse … he actually laughs out loud …”

The Village of Hopes and Dreams is part of the charity Nkuku is delighted to support Joy and the Village of Hopes and Dreams, they are never far from our thoughts.

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