*Needed: International Volunteer Teachers and…

***We, The Wanted Children Foundation, are looking for two individuals to come and serve/volunteer with us in Nigeria, in our extremely RURAL village area, and work with our orphaned children for a duration of no less then 1yr, preferably 2yrs with possibility of renewal each year:

Either a married couple or two individuals who are either both teachers, or one is a teacher and the other is in mental/physical health profession (pediatric nurse/physiotherapist/massage therapist…etc)
(If married couple you are NOT planning on having children during your time with us.)
Teacher(s) must be extremely competent in curriculum from kindergarten – grade 12 (whether BC, NS, or United States). Must be flexible to adapt various Nigerian curriculum/lessons/culture (we will help/train you) into teaching. Must have several years experience teaching. Must have experience working with Learning Assistance or Special Education, must know how to write and follow IEP’s and do assessments. Teachers must be able to teach Christian curriculum, understand and value our rules and expectations. Must be relational and social, must be strict yet understanding. You will be working with children who ALL have behavior challenges and vast learning issues due to the traumatic histories they have. You also will be working with staff and with a specific staff member appointed to you as an understudy.
Person who is a health professional must have education, further training and experience in pediatric health and/or mental health. Not only do all children need support, there are specific children with disabilities and need regular concentrated support. You also will be appointed an understudy. Must be compassionate, patience, flexible, joyful, understanding, relational and love children.

If YOU, or someone you know are interested, please contact us here at TWCF. We want to hear from you asap. We will host interviews for possible candidates. Go to our website, use the online submission form or email.
Also, you can email thewantedchildren@gmail.com
Looking forward to hearing…

Broken Nissan

Well last week as Amos and I traveled to Umuahia to get some things for the house and have some meetings, our Nissan Terrano finally gave out. I had driven a few days before and said to mom, while we drove to an Eze’s house, that the SUV was in terrible condition and I couldnt believe it was still running while we were just driving it. It felt as though the whole thing would give way. With great thanks to poor road conditions, the struggle to maintain care for it, and lack of original parts or items to fix small things… it has now had a large issuse. Unfortunately I did not do a great job in picking it out for purchase in the beginning, as I dont know that much about the mechanics of a vehicle (just how to change oil and tires and carefully maintain thanks to dad), that along with the misleading fact that the small test drive on a very smooth Abuja city road, was a great difference from the rough roads and lack of any road in the village. The true condition of the vehicle popped up quickly with in the first few months. We did our best to fix and maintain it however, grateful for it.

Now however it would according to my best knowledge an opinion appear that clutch has completely given way and the gear box is ruined. It has been parked in the yard for just about a week now. The local mechanic, who trained himself, clearly was not able to know or fix the problem after banging around. And it has been decided the truck will have to be towed to one of the main cities, either an hour or several hours away, where it may take several days and a lot of money to fix. We are waiting on dad’s arrival to make the final decision.

Speech struggles

We have recognized that speech is a large issue in our house. We have at least half of our children that struggle with various speech challenges, from simple lisps to severe stammers and word formations. It shows very clearly how the ‘shock and trauma’ of their previous lives has so greatly affected them. That, along with the lack of proper support to guide correct teaching of learning languauge. We are working our best to help these children so that communication will not be a challange for them in the future.

The Little Ones

All of our little ones are growing and learning every day. It is amazing to tsee the progress especially with some of the serious challenges they face.

Michael is now able to hold his own cup and with help feed himself, he also enjoys to hang himself off the couch or chair so his feet are touching the ground. This is vast improvement for him.

Gabriel Favour is rolling over and pushing himself up. He has also learned some words! It is amazing to hear him. He also knows to respond to his own name as well as to answer when asked how he is.

Toby is almost fully potty trained, with a few incidencs during naptime. He is extremly verbal and you can mostly follow a conversation with him now, although when he his upset our excited his voices his too high and his words all become nonsese (hard not to laugh and focus on figuring out what he is saying). He is very moody and picky however and spends a great amount of time in the ‘time-out’ chair in the office learning to share and obey.

Prince still struggles with sharing, but loves learning and is picking up quickly with hisABC’s and 123’s. He loves to have cuddles. He has a very bad speech problem although we have worked hard to mostly understand him. He also still struggles with sharing, but does love to play with the other little ones.

Olu, our newest addition, is still recovering from some illnesses, it will be sometime. She is often running temp and is either sad or tired. She is very quiet and doesnt speak, or make much noise at all for that matter. But she has now started learning a few words and can speak them with prompts. Olu is very happy to share with others and seems to enjoy pretend cooking, washing, and feeding others.

Routines and Learning

Life has been very busy the last week. Up early and in bed late, following the daily routines as well as making changes and adjustments for efficiencies sake. There is still limited sleep at night due to various children and diaper changes or bad dreams, to night vigils or wake keeps in the community, or to chi-chi ba mice running up and down the windows and walls (as was the case last night).

Catherine and I are both spending large amounts of times in the various classes and with individual children to help adjust teaching and increase maximum learning and understanding. It is a regular conversation to remind staff that these children are not to be measured by ‘typical’ children’s standards, and that we teach according to their capability to learn. It is taking time to help the staff realize this as well as to go over basic concepts with the children again. Overall the children are doing very well in their individual learning capacities, we are very happy for them. Some of them can read stories to us already, others are learning their alphabets and starting to spell, and the younger ones are learning their colours and shapes!

Children and Staff

The staff and children have all been keeping well in the village during this rainy season. There have been a few colds going around, but with the help of hot water, fresh ginger root, local honey and lime juice we are quickly treating the symptoms and shortening its life-span.

School classes have been going well, with each of the children in their various levels, working hard to the best of their ability. They all love art/craft time, and the youngest children enjoying drawing and colouring as well as hearing stories and singing.

Our new girls have adjusted well and are feeling at home and very welcomed by the children. The home is buzzing with the noise and activities of a busy and happy family!

Paperwork/Visa Issues Update

On Friday we recieved some rather dissapointing news. It would appear that after almost three years of continual requesting for assistance and clarification of the necessary papers for international volunteers, and continual advice and direction from various Immigration personal, that we have been guided the completely wrong way. We have just come to realize that the vast amount of our time and personal money spent toward our expatriate quota applications and approvals, visas requested and extened, has all been wasted. While we have made clear from the very begining that our work is one of mission and humanitarian efforts with an established NGO, it seems no one was actually listening to us and led us to do paperwork that is all required for “BUSINESSES” rather then NGOs. We now are literally back to square one and have an entirely new process to follow for ensuring proper registration of the NGO in the country that allows for application and approval of proper visa’s and residency for both us here now, and those to come in the future. Please pray that we are able to acquire the proper papers from Canada and Abia expediently, as well as write all the new documentation need; pray that we are helped by others here in this process and not have loopholes and impediments thrown our way, pray that we have patience, energy and a gentle spirit in working through these meetings and enduring these proceedings. We do not know how long this will take, our current visa allows us to stay until August, and our children/staff in the village are still awaiting our arrival!

Two new beautiful baby girls!!!!

We have been wonderfully blessed a few days ago…and are happy to welcome two new beauitful daughters home! A case was brought to our attention only a week ago, and after investigation and the noted urgency of the situation, we are so proud to have these lovely girls as additions to our family. They are roughly around the ages of 1.5 and 3.5 years old and are halfsisters. While they were very sad the first two days, they have been welcomed so gentley and compassionately by our children and staff, that they are slowly adjusting well.

Back on the ground!!

Myself and Cat are back on the ground in Nigeria. We have been here for two weeks now, all spent in Abuja, the capital city. We are still waiting for our papers to be processed. The visa’s we were granted to arrive with had to be changed over for residency and this takes time. We have filled our days with various meetings, phonecalls and emails, document writing, and down time. Our meetings have led to many possible doors opening, so we are carefully praying and considering new opportunities ahead. We hope to get our paperwork this week and make plans to head to the village.

Awards for school time!

Our beautiful children are doing so well. They are all healthy and growing and changing day by day. They miss their Mummy and are so excited to be reunited, spending much of their craft time making things for Mummy, Mummy Canada and Daddy Canada.

Teacher Chinedu held some school assessments for the children and presented them with their achievements and evaluations in a little ceremony held on the house front steps, with pictures taken to send to Mummy. We are so proud of our children and well they are doing! Some of the awards included “Personal Improvement in Reading, Positive Attitude, Helper, Personal Improvement in Mathematics, Kindness, Determination, Creativity in Science” etc.

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