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The story of The Farm

The Farm is an orphanage for 52 children who have lost their parents, whose parents can't care for them, who have been abandoned or abused.

Don and Linda McKenzie, the owners of The Farm, owned a wood-cutting business for 15 years that employed about 40 locals from the area. Unfortunately, a number of workers passed away as a result of HIV/Aids. Their children were left behind on the farm as they had no other family to care for them.

Don and Linda decided to take these four children into their own home. Over the years, more children arrived from the surrounding area. Eventually, Don and Linda converted their farm into an orphanage to ensure they had sufficient space for all the children. Currently, there are 52 children living at The Farm. Some of them are orphans; some were simply left at The Farm, others were abused and yet others have parents who are unable to take care of them.

Don and Linda decided to take those 4 kids in to their own home. Through the years more and more children came to their farm searching for a place to live. They decided to rebuild their farm in to an orphanage to give all those children a home. At the moment there are 56 children living at the farm. All these children lost their parents, are abandoned, abused or have parents who can not take care of them. 

Don and Linda have both got full time jobs to be able to finance this project and look after all these children. Since January 2012 Dutch volunteers have been provided to this project by the Be More Organisation to assist with the daily care of the children, to provide English lessons and to improve the housing for the children. Some of these volunteers also bring additional money to the project that they have raised themselves and this has led to many improvements at The Farm. The children now have the use of 3 toilets instead of 1 and a shower heated by a new geyser. Extra beds and mattresses have been purchased so that most of the children have their own bed to sleep in and don't have to share. But there is still not enough money to give these children what they need which means that often there is not enough money to feed them all or provide basic necessities such as toiletries.