Finally, on Friday, 23 January 2015, it was time. Charles, along with three other children with similarly harrowing stories, became part of an SOS family.
The children and mothers of SOS Children's Village Makeni welcomed Charles*, Lamia*, Kadia* and Rania* to their new home with singing and smiles. Photo: SOS Archives
“As the Ebola epidemic appears to ebb, much of the world has turned its attention elsewhere. But enormous challenges remain. More than 10,000 children have lost one or both parents to the virus. They are often shunned by their communities because of the fear and stigma associated with the disease. SOS Children’s Villages Sierra Leone has already begun taking in such children, offering them a caring, loving home – to which they, like all children, have a right. This underscores SOS Children’s Villages’ long-term commitment, in line with its fundamental values, to the children affected by Ebola.”