Project information

Homes for Orphans

Build 3 homes for 36 of the Ebola orphans cared for by Heaven Homes in rural Sierra Leone. These homes are key to providing a safe place for the children to grow and for them to be provided with love and psychological support as they transition into adulthood.

February 2016 - November 2016

Charity information

Operation Orphan

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  • Need


    The recent Ebola outbreak has left many children with no parents or other family members to care for them. Heaven Homes have taken these children in, providing temporary accommodation in their school building. As the schools re-opened after the number of Ebola cases began to reduce, the need for more permanent homes became more immediate. Children need a place in which they can feel safe and settled and where they can grow.


    Homes for Orphans will provide 3 more homes additional to the 2 nearly completed. These are bungalow type family homes with a shared outside kitchen. Here each child will be nurtured and exposed to opportunities and values which inspire confidence, accountability, integrity and positive citizenship to serve their generation. Each home will have a house parent who has been carefully selected. These women have a heart to care for children who have nobody.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide accommodation for 36 ebola orphans in Sierra Leone


    » Build three, culturally appropriate bungalow style homes with a shared outside kitchen

    Success will be seeing these children settled in their own homes, happy in their new family with their new parent taking care of them.

  • Impact


    The project will make a long term difference in the lives of the 36 children by providing permanent homes, allowing them to experience childhood in a loving environment where they can be settled. As stable adults they will positively impact the community and country. This will be monitored through photos and visits to the homes. Heaven Homes considers these children as family, so their success in life will be followed closely and celebrated widely.


    Sourcing of materials outside the local community presents a potential health hazard with the Ebola epidemic not completely over. The staff working on the building will be briefed on precautionary measures and remain vigilant in spotting signs and symptoms of the disease.
    House parents also present a potential safeguarding risk. This has been managed through a careful selection process and will continue to be closely monitored by supervising staff.


    Donors to this project will receive an email every 6 months updating them on the progress of the building work and subsequently the progress of the children. Donors will be able to access more frequent updates through the Operation Orphan blog and social media.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £48,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £22,900 Construction Site preparation, foundations, building materials, doors and windows, roofing, floor and plastering
      £6,900 Interior Painting, electrical items, tiling and ceilings
      £4,750 Plumbing + Kitchen Septic tank, suck away pit, Foundations, structure, interior and plumbing for outside kitchen
      £13,450 Fees Contractor fees, Labour, Contingency *conversion 1 GBP to 6570.27 SLL

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Clive Roberts £3,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    These children live in a village called JoeTown. This area has experienced hardship during the 11 year war in Sierra Leone. Having begun to come out of this, Ebola then hit causing them to pull together again. Heaven Homes was founded to care for the orphans of the war and are now adding the Ebola orphans to this number. The village unanimously decided to allow the Ebola orphans to be cared for in the village despite the stigma they carried. While poor, the village is incredible compassionate.


    The 36 children who will have a new home and a new family

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Operation Orphan has provided funding for the first home as well as a £200 monthly commitment towards the daily support of the children.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mrs Kiptieu (Kippy) Agyei

    Founder & Director of Heaven Homes. Lives in UK, travels to Sierra Leone regularly. Has a passion for helping orphans, especially in her home country

    Mr Brad Moore

    Managing Director of Operation Orphan. Based in UK and will work closely with Kippy to ensure project money is well spent.

    Mrs Hannah Kanu

    Country Co-ordinator. Has already facilitated the building of homes and is responsible for their daily running. Instrumental in receiving the orphans.