At THE HOUSE OF RESTORATION, we often find ourselves being asked about our success rate with the women who stay with us for an extended period. It’s a question that we understand stems from a genuine desire to understand the impact we have on the lives of our beneficiaries.
When women come to stay with us, they become part of a close-knit community. They share a house, rooms, chores, meals, and more. They also share their stories, their pasts, and their present struggles. Like any regular family, they experience breakdowns and conflicts but offer each other support and understanding.
This raises an important question: How do we measure success with our children? As parents, we have some influence over their lives, such as their diet, entertainment, behaviour, and friendships. However, as they grow older and become independent, they start making their own decisions, and our control decreases. In this regard, our answer regarding our success rate at THE HOUSE OF RESTORATION is undoubtedly 100%.
Let me qualify this statement of a 100% success rate. When our beneficiaries, both women with or without their children, come to us at THE HOUSE OF RESTORATION, they enter a space of safety and support. They receive counselling, life coaching, assistance with medical care, and nourishing meals. We care for their children’s education, pay school fees, provide uniforms, and cover all other living expenses. Like in any household, THE HOUSE OF RESTORATION operates with rules and expectations that our beneficiaries must adhere to. These guidelines help create a structured and supportive environment for their well-being and growth.
However, it’s essential to acknowledge that our ability to control their behaviour and choices is limited, much like any parent’s. Although we provide guidance, counselling, and support during their stay with us, we must recognise that we cannot be held responsible for the decisions they make years after they have left our care.
Once our beneficiaries transition to independent living, they have the freedom to make their own choices and navigate their own paths in life. We can provide them with the tools, skills, and resources to empower them on their journey, but the ultimate responsibility for their decisions lies with them.
While we strive to instil values and provide opportunities for growth during their time with us, we understand that people’s lives are complex, and factors beyond our control can influence their decisions. We cannot predict or guarantee their choices in the years following their departure from our program.
Our focus is on equipping our beneficiaries with the necessary skills, support systems, and resilience to make informed choices and lead fulfilling lives. We believe in nurturing their potential and helping them develop into confident individuals capable of creating brighter futures for themselves and their families.
Ultimately, our measure of success lies in empowering and supporting our beneficiaries during their time with us, hoping they will carry these valuable lessons and experiences into their lives beyond THE HOUSE OF RESTORATION.
During the past four months, we are proud to share that five women who journeyed with us were able to secure jobs and move forward with their lives. These remarkable individuals are all single mothers bravely facing the challenges of raising one or two children independently. Unfortunately, in most cases, the fathers are absent and not providing anything for their children. However, one father has stepped up and contributed to his 3-year-old son’s education.
We believe that measuring success goes beyond statistics. It lies in the seeds that are sown, lives that are transformed, the resilience that is built, and the hope that is restored. Whether the change is immediate or many years after leaving our care, we know we have made a difference.
With your help, we can continue to empower these women and their children, enabling them to create brighter futures for themselves.
For more information or to donate, please visit our website at www.thecradleofhope.org
Thank you for participating in this incredible journey of restoration, hope, and empowerment.
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