For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you
invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
The House of Joshua is a residential home for orphaned and abandoned children built in association with our partner organisation, The Lifenet Children's Foundation, (a charity based in the Philippines). It opened to recieve the first children on 9th January 2013 .
More than just an orphanage The House of Joshua is a "family" unit, a proper home, and not just an institution; a place where children can grow and develop in a loving and supportive community; a place where every child is valued and respected regardless of their abilities or disabilities.
We started off just with intention of creating a home for boys but in 2014 we also took in a small number of girls, which necessitated some alterations to create separate sleeping areas. We are now looking to expand to be able to take in more children, particularly girls who are especially vulnerable living rough on the city streets. Building work on a new girl's house on the same site commenced February 2019 and will provide space for up to 16 girls as well as feeing space to accomodate more boys in the main building..
Education is paramount to children achieving their full potential and all ranges of ability are catered for. Most of the children attend local schools but for those who are unable to cope with the normal school environment the House of Joshua has its own education centre complete with computers and library, and with experienced special needs teachers. Volunteer staff teach a variety of further academic and vocational skills to ensure that every child is given the ability to work and support themselves when the eventually move on from here..
Recreation is also important for every child's physical and emotional development. An indoor soft play area has been included in the house and the, almost obligatory, basketball court constructed in the spacious grounds. A "garden area and vegetable plot gives the children the chance to learn about how things grow and to take responsibility for nurturing the plants.
Feeding such a large number of hungry children is no easy thing. They also need to be clothed as well as provided with an education. And of course there are all the usual utility bills and expenses involved in running the home.
Consequently we are looking for people interested in sponsoring children. You can do this individually, as a family or as a group or organisation - perhaps a school, church group or similar. Please send us an email if you would like more information about this or simply download the Sponsorship Pack via this button.
If you don't want to sponsor a child but would still like to supprt us you can make a one off donation by clicking on the Paypal Donate button at the top of this page , or support the home with a regular gift of any amount you like via bank standing order - see button below.
You can also help us every day just by changing your internet search engine "Easy Search" is a super-search engine drawing it's results from Yahoo and Bing, plus other search engines, so it gives a performance comparable to any others but the difference is we get almost a penny for every search you make.
For more details you can visit Lifenet's website here.
Artist's impression of new girl's house extension to be built 2019. Follow the progress here
House of Joshua opened January 2013