Family Care & Housing Project
Smiles Foundation’s work in Rapa began through the Family Care project supporting the families living in extreme poverty. Living without
running water, sanitation or electricity, life was far from acceptable
but with crumbling
mud-brick, rat-infested homes – Smiles was challenged
to undertake a major investment programme aimed at transforming this
We started with visiting the community on a regular basis to build a
relationship of trust and bring them
of life - Food,
Medicine and Social support. To avoid continuing the viscous circle this
community had lived with for generations, we considered the option of
connecting water and electricity to the village and then building a
Hygiene Facility of toilets, showers and wash basins – followed by new
houses for each of the families in the community.
An anticipated capital cost of £105,000
($157,500), plus the monthly support programme, for which sponsorship
options are available to assist each family in the community.
The response to support this initiative was
tremendous, especially from those who visited Rapa as part of a Mission
Trip. People left the village wanting to make a difference in the lives
of each family and especially the children.
The work began in 2014 as planned with the
Hygiene Unit. This was completed the following year and the first three
family houses were constructed with an emotional handing over the keys
ceremony at Christmas 2015.
In spring of 2016, work began on the remaining
8 houses and in June it was decided to complete our infrastructure
development in Rapa – Smiles would build a Church for the small
community and plan to open it October 2016.
As a result
of amazing support from donors around the world, everything was complete
and the Church went ahead and opened on October 9th
, 2016 in the
midst of a Baptismal Service Celebration when another 7 community
members were baptised, joining the 11 who were baptised in an open-air
service, in the community on June 12th 2016.
Considerable transformations have taken place
in Rapa in less than 3 years, the most significant being the 18 lives
transformed through Baptism and Belief in Christ. However, the other
transformations with Hygiene Facilities and new Homes has given this
community Hope and Belief in a better future.
Now we hope to start a literacy programme in
2017 to help adults and children learn to read and write. This will be
the next step to helping this community integrate better in society and
for work and
the opportunity to give their families better
options for the future.
Thank you to the many who have helped us with
these transformations. If you can help us maintain the support and
programmes in Rapa – please do so now.
The basic Project Operating Costs in Rapa
average £920 / $1,200 per month
CLICK TO SUPPORT
to the projects page
to the homepage