Our vision is that we don’t become just another welfare program, that we look towards sustainability and take a whole-person approach. What does this mean? This means that every child is looked at individually, and we create a package of support that meets each child’s individual needs.
Now, in 2016, as we take on the long-term project of COHAD, our vision is growing, and we have great dreams of seeing COHAD with a school, 100 children living there, and a feeding programme for the vulnerable children in the local community. The need is great in this place, and we look to see lives transformed.
We believe that by empowering and helping one, they can then go on to empower and help another.
Keeping fish as the theme, we were very taken by the starfish story which we feel symbolises what we are aiming to do in this vulnerable corner of the world.
The Starfish story
A man was walking along a deserted beach at sunset. As he walked he could see a young boy in the distance, as he drew nearer he noticed that the boy kept bending down, picking something up and throwing it into the water. Time and again he kept hurling things into the ocean.As the man approached even closer, he was able to see that the boy was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time he was throwing them back into the water. The man asked the boy what he was doing, the boy replied,” I am throwing these washed up starfish back into the ocean, or else they will die through lack of oxygen. “But”, said the man, “You can’t possibly save them all, there are thousands on this beach, and this must be happening on hundreds of beaches along the coast. You can’t possibly make a difference.” The boy smiled, bent down and picked up another starfish, and as he threw it back into the sea, he replied
“Made a difference to that one”