By: Audrey Joslin
“Our children in Sierra Leone love the experience of receiving letters and photos from RainTees friends. They’ve heard from people all over the globe and it’s life changing for them.”
-Deanna Wallace, All As One
We began working in Africa in 2010 and have partnered with some incredible organizations that continue to inspire us every day.
One of these organizations is “All As One” in Sierra Leone where they have helped more than 30,000 children find a future amidst civil war, extreme poverty and environmental destruction.
Today we connected with All As One director Deanna Wallace. She explains below what her organization does, and why partnering with our PenPal Program has been so beneficial for the children and teens that she works with on a daily basis.
If you would like to get involved in our PenPal Program email us at email@example.com or visit http://www.raintees.com/penpal-program.
About All As One
All As One believes that every child deserves a safe place to sleep, enough food to eat, healing for their emotional and physical wounds, and dreams to build. This belief is the reason we provide Sierra Leone’s most vulnerable children with a home, three meals a day, an on-site accredited school, medical care, counseling, and most of all…a family.
All As One is the last chance for many children in Sierra Leone. Since 2000, our targeted interventions have provided essential basic needs and saved the lives of over 30,000 children, women and families. These individuals now have futures and unlimited potential to positively change their country and the world.
We, at All As One, try to make sure the children in our care know that they are special and loved. Growing up without parents can make a child feel very vulnerable, unloved and unwanted. To counteract this, we try to make sure the children realize that not only their caregivers love them, but people around the world do too. There are a couple of ways we do this – first through our monthly sponsorship program, and secondly through the pen pal program with RainTees.
For the past several months, our children have enjoyed the fun and enlightening experience of receiving letters and photos from RainTees friends. Quite a few of our children have heard from people all over the globe, and have had the opportunity to write and share about their lives too. It’s been a wonderful way for the children to feel more connected to the world around them, and also to know that someone far away is thinking about them. We’re very grateful that our children have had this opportunity!
About the Author:
A Nebraska native, Audrey currently attends Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas and is an intern at RainTees. She is studying Fashion Merchandising and Political Science at TCU, with a Certificate in International Studies. Some of her favorite activities outside of school are traveling, reading, riding horses, and running.