Raphael Joins Footprints
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, Raphael 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.