The Children's Oasis, a gentle space for children

An aid project by “The Griffin Charitable Trust” (M. Morgan) in St Catherine, Jamaica

News: On this page the carrier keeps you informed about the current situation of the project. This helps you judge how the donations are being used.

M. Morgan (Project Manager), written 7 months ago

M. Morgan

One sponsor....... one child...... five years

We can say we are truly blessed,tanks to the generosity of a wonderful family our 12yr old (well she's 13yrs old now), has been sponsored through 5 yrs of High school, books, uniforms, kit and equipment.
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How fabulous is that........

A huge thank you to the Mahers.........

One ecstatic teen entering a highly important phase of her life, in the knowledge that others care enough to make educational opportunities beyond dreams, available to her.  I know she will excel in the love,

Sponsor a Child TEN Euro per month

M. Morgan (Project Manager), written 8 months ago

M. Morgan

New opportunities for Monthly giving - ONLY TEN EUROS PER MONTH

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The Children's Oasis has faced a series of challenges in this last year including a reduction in donations as recession has taken hold world-wide.

Ten per cent of basic care costs are covered by Government contribution, fifty per cent by small donations and gifts in kind so we have to raise an additional Two Hundred Euros per month to cover the costs of each of the children in our care, providing for their educational, physical and psychological needs.   

What will TEN Euros buy? not too much these days..... a pizza, a couple of pints of beer, a bottle of wine.  For a child at the Oasis TEN Euros buys the opportunity to participate in group counselling sessions, attend therapeutic arts groups, access to special education provision and extra curricular activities.  

We know there are incredible people out there and we are appealing for a small monthly donation of just TEN EUROS which will ensure we can provide the best opportunities for the children in our care to recover from their violent and abusive pasts.  


Sponsor a Child TEN Euro per month

M. Morgan (Project Manager), written 9 months ago

M. Morgan

Reflections........

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  • 13:59Moira Morgan

    I often reflect on our children in Care, particularly children whose only crime was to be born to someone who for whatever reason, couldn't cope, couldn't protect or couldn't respond to their needs.

    It makes me reflect on the children here and why I  started....... and would I do it again....... a resounding yes....

    Don't get me wrong, it's not easy, there are times when I want to give up because of behaviour, attitude, all kinds of things and I have to say, the lack of what I consider to be appropriate backup from government agencies responsible. But I draw on my experience in bringing up my own children, my work with young people and I pray hard for the patience, words and actions to deal effectively and appropriately with the challenges (with 7 of them 7-17yrs so there is always a challenge........)........ just as I did with my own.

    Too many of their experiences prior to coming to me, were not good or very happy, though they do have good and fond memories of home and family, they have come to understand they need to be where they are now and still keep contact with family. I have come to understand that some pain or hurt of their past will always emerge in their future, and they will act out, they will react and I understand they are reaching out. I understand they have all kinds of issues and patiently wait out the episode, loving the child, but letting them know, and then discussing the issue which is causing the problem. Just as I did with my own......... I have learned that the same unconditional love you give your 'own' child, works for any child.....

    I do what I do because I love to see children progress, to be happy, to laugh, to be able to be the very best at whatever they choose to be............. and a loving, stable, nurturing environment will do it every time.

    Last night as I watched the children sitting round the table munching toast and drinking chocolate for supper, I was listening to their giggles as they discuss "the old days", or as one refers to it "once upon a time". Mixed memories. But all ending in a giggle. I gave a prayer of thanks for the privilege of sharing these 7 gifts and prayed for grace enough to nurture them to unconditionally loving adults, breaking the negative cycle of their past.

    When you hear the laughter from a child who barely smiled, feel the hug of a child who feared being touched or see a child's face light up with joy or pride, you know you have touched a heart.... And as my dad used to say "people will always remember how you made them feel, even if they never remember your name".

    Ps the "once upon a time" one says, they say that because it was, "once upon a time" and they don't live that way anymore..... they are safe now.....