Improving the standard of care for over 40 young People With Disabilities (Pwds) at the Noel Orphanage was funded by Point Foundation 2013 – 14. When the orphanage was closed by the government in December 2014, over 500 children were reunified into families or with foster parents. But there were no solutions offered for 24 of the most severely challenged disabled youth.
Working with the Ubumwe Community Centre in Gisenyi, PF set up a Community Based Living Programme in early 2015 to accommodate these youth. Funding supported 4 rented houses, food and health care, plus training & wages for 13 full time caregivers.
By July 2016 the progress in health and welfare of the 24 youth inspired PF’s former CEO, Sharon Gallagher, to set up the Gallagher Trust to focus on the CBL programme and take the helm to sustain it.
Since 2015, the UK tea company Teapigs have paid via PF for the monthly funding costs of one house and the needs of 7 Pwds and their 4 carers.