The idea was born through their shared passion to care for the marginalized in society. The children’s home officially opened its doors on May 27th of that year. The home’s initial mission was to transform vulnerable children who are affected by HIV/AIDS into productive members of their community. Under this mission the home started taking in victims of HIV/AIDS and providing them with love, care and support.
Creating a loving home was our main goal, but we realized that educating and supporting families that are in need, in the community may be the solution to prevent situations that lead to severe health issues among children. For this reason, HardtHaven started a sponsorship program for adults and children in surrounding communities of Kpando. We started providing health education on topics like HIV/AIDS, nutrition and malaria in these communities.
We soon realized that HardtHaven did not have the capacity to provide sustainable health education projects in the communities. With the available staff and assistance of international volunteers our core activities remained on providing sustainable care to children and their families in need. We especially care for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), people living with disabilities (PLWD) and children with chronic or progressive diseases. Providing education to communities as a whole was continued by our sister organization UNiTED Projects.