lucy buck – love
Lucy was one of our first virtual connections/mentors/loves.
We got to witness the first baby via skype in her orphanage in kampala.
We all have moments when we dream about helping people in need but few of us take it further. Amy Fallon meets four women who did.
Lucy Buck, 35, set up Child’s i Foundation
Lucy Buck was so determined to establish her charity, Child’s i Foundation (CiF), she was prepared to give up her own bed. In the two years she spent setting up CiF, Buck relied on friends’ sofas to save rent money, which she put into setting up the organisation.
‘I was averaging about four different beds a week, never wanting to outstay my welcome,’ laughs the former TV producer, who lives in Island Gardens, east London.
Every week in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, hundreds of babies are abandoned in hospitals, car parks and on roadsides. Malaika Babies Home, which CiF runs in the city, provides temporary emergency care for up to 25 children, aged two and under. It aims to resettle babies with their extended families within six months to avoid long-term psychological damage – but if this isn’t possible, places them with adoptive Ugandan families.
‘These children have no one to fight their corner and historically they’d stay in residential care all their lives,’ says Buck, who set up CiF in 2008 after volunteering to work for a Kampala baby orphanage. ‘In families, they grow up loved and cherished instead of becoming another orphan statistic.’
Malaika Babies Home opened in 2010 after Buck won the Vodafone World of Difference Award. TV production company Endemol now helps pay her salary, allowing her to run the charity. ‘In a country where adoption is very uncommon, we’ve placed 20 abandoned babies into adoptive families, thanks to our media campaign with the Ugandan government,’ says Buck.
Every day, parents place their children in orphanages in the hope of a better life. 80% of children have at least one living parent or large extended family.
Orphanages harm children and make orphans out of them.
Decades of research shows us what we knew in our hearts.
Children need families to grow.
feb 2016 letter:
Five years on and we don’t need an orphanage
what lovely news..
Gloria Nakajubi (@glorianakajubi) tweeted at 1:15 AM – 30 Jan 2018 :
“85% of children in orphanages have known relatives”. Stats: MOGLSD. #Families4Children. @newvisionwire (http://twitter.com/glorianakajubi/status/958252270466027520?s=17)
lucy buck @childsi
i thought the best thing to do was build the best orphanage..
but i didn’t know about attachment – building foundations in their brains.. that whatever happens .. you’ve got their back
we needed to set up a transitional center to prove we could shut it down
80% of children in orphanages have families.. they’re not orphans.. families are giving them up so they have better lives..
we found the families of these children
we need to repurpose orphanages.. to a service that can support children in families
we need to re imagine
help by not volunteering/supporting.. that creates more orphanages
help by listening to children.. they don’t want shiny buildings.. what they want is love and belonging