When we think of home, there are several phrases that immediately come to mind: There’s no place like home; Home is where one starts from; Home is where the heart is.
For many of us home is a place of safety, comfort and security. For the Tony family, home is certainly where the heart is. It is full of love but it is hardly a place of comfort. Their living conditions have ranged from living in a tent to the current structure that is a space most of us can’t fathom. Some of the children sleep on the floor.
Gerald Tony is a proud man who had been seen scouring the trash for food to feed his family of five beautiful children. His wife left after the birth of his last child and he is the sole support of them.
Through the Renand Foundation Gerald secured a micro loan and purchased a motorcycle which he uses as a moto taxi to earn money and adds to the family’s limited income by working a small plot of land that he shares with a friend. The Renand Foundation has made certain that the family now has food which has improved everyone’s health and wellbeing. Previously the children were suffering from signs of malnutrition.
And, as a result of the Foundation’s support, the siblings are now able to be in school. Guerlandine Tony is 14 years old and would like to be a nurse. Jonathan Tony, 13 years old, wants to be a doctor. Geraldson Tony is 8 years old and sees himself as a policeman. 6 year old Djenika Tony dreams of being a teacher. These sweet children, who have so little, already want to be givers and make a difference in the world.
Our intention is to raise the money to build a small, safe structure for the Tony family that includes a living space furnished with a table and chairs for eating and studying—along with a compact solar power system so that the children are able to study at night and Gerald can generate another small source of income by providing a place where people in the community, for a meager fee, can come to his home to
charge their phones.
Oh, and bedrooms with beds that the boys and Gerald could share and another for the girls. No more sleeping on the floor. Together let’s make it a place that the Tony family can also say, “There’s no place like home.”