How many children are part of the Tree of Life Children’s Village?
Currently, we have 768 children living in 64 homes at the Tree of Life Children’s Village campus! Paulina is an example of a girl who came to Camp Life, but in the first day she got there she had to be taken to the medical tent because she had what would be a simple cut on her knee that was untreated and became infected. According to the doctor on site, she was at risk of losing her leg and her life. Our Family Legacy staff worked quickly with Paulina's grandmother and social welfare, and given the severity of the situation, we were granted immediate custody of this child.We knew that having her in our full-time care would give us the best possible fighting chance at saving her life and Lord-willing her leg, too! Paulina received the treatment and care she needed most while living in Grace House at the Tree of Life Children’s Village and she is still there today thriving in every way. Family Legacy not only saved her life but has given her an opportunity to be all that she can be.
How does Family Legacy work to get entire families into its programs?
Miriam, a little six-year-old girl, attended Camp Life 2014 in my group. Her father was and currently still is in prison, and her mother is an alcoholic who left Miriam and her siblings for days on end. The children were starving and severely neglected, as they were practically raising themselves. After learning about Miriam’s home life during one-on-one blessing time at Camp Life, we made a recommendation for Miriam to move into Family Legacy’s Tree of Life Children’s Village! That fall, when the social workers visited her home, they immediately saw it as an unfit place not only for Miriam but also for her brothers and sisters. They gave us the great news that we could move Miriam to the Tree of Life Children’s Village, but only if we rescued all five siblings together. So, along with Miriam, Ireen (11), James (9), Benjamin (3) and little Alex (1) were rescued, too. Today, Miriam and her siblings are experiencing abundant life in Family Legacy’s full-time care.