Raphael joined us on 31st Aug 2012
From where Raphael started his life ...............
Raphael and his brother Joseph were living at another orphanage, before it was closed down by the government for abusing the children in their care.
The boys were brought to Footprints by the Children’s Department with nothing, only the clothes on their back.
They were left on our doorstep!
For Footprints to unravel the events of the boy's unstable childhood we had to gain their trust. It took a few weeks but once they had gained some confidence in the staff at Footprints we slowly started to ask painful questions regarding their family. Clearly frightened, Rapheal was more willing to talk than Joseph, who was quiet, hiding behind his big brother.
After a few months of searching, we eventfully tracked down their grandmother in a small fishing village. She had no idea that the previous children's home had closed, she and the surrounding community had taken them there after the death of their mother in 2012. We also found that they had a sister living in another children's home, we managed a reunion and the children are now in contact with their sister during the holidays, the bond they still have is obvious.
This is what living at Footprints achieves!
Rapheal is very sociable and has worked really hard at school to catch up on the missed years of education, he also joined the scout group at school.
His determination paid off and in January 2016 he joined his secondary school.