The Littlest Lamb has plans of future projects & expansion in mind.
"Birdrock" is the name we gave to our first Home for the CHILDREN.
We know that orphanages are not the ideal situation for children. We know that nothing can replace a loving family comprised of a loving mother, a loving father, and perhaps even a loving sibling or two or three. We know this. But we also know that too often, this is not an option. We know there are an estimated 1,000,000 orphans in Egypt, and an additional 3,000,000 street children. We know that adoption is not an option for them. For starters, adoption is not legally recognized in Egypt. Because of this and other factors, being an orphan has become stigmatized. Also, Egypt is a developing country where 41%* of the population live below the poverty line (or live on $2/day)*. The existing orphanages in the country are overpopulated, understaffed, and do not have the financial means or the know how to make the children's situation better. We knew we had to do something...
We set out to build a home. We knew we couldn't build a home for all the children in need - at least not at first. We set out to build a strategy, to maximize the benefit with this new concept. This concept is simple. Provide a group of these orphans with everything they need to thrive - shelter, food, clothing, education, and most importantly love and attention. Children need love and attention to fully thrive. In order to give them the attention they need, we needed to make sure that the home wasn't an institution. We relayed this to our architect, who designed a home that feels like a home. In Egypt, living in apartment buildings and communities is the norm. So that's what we did. The home is separated into apartments, with four rooms each. One room is for the "Caregiver" and three are for the kids - 3 kids per room. Each room has its bathroom, and all 4 rooms are joined together by a living area. On the ground floor are the services. There is an art room, a music room, a computer room, a library, a study, a dining room and kitchen, and administration offices. These areas are part of the community, but the children's apartments are their private homes and are meant to feel like their own space.
Our home can house up to 150 children and their mothers (caregivers).
Our home contains 14 apartments of 4-5 bedrooms/ bathrooms each, a living area and a terrace. Each apartment is a separate "home within the home" with a mommy. The other apartments serve as extended families for the children.