The Born Positive Trust

Our Work

End of year reflection 2013

2013, the first year of many…

We wanted to share some of the highlights (both difficulties and achievements) that we faced during Born Positive’s first year as a charity. From the outset we’d like to be as transparent as possible to our supporters, so you can see exactly what we are doing and why.

Please feel free to ask questions and leave suggestions – we really value honest feedback.

The facts and figures:

In our first year, 1st January – 31st December 2013, we raised a total of £1665.93. We sent £687.10 to Mozambique which was spent on the ground and the remainder, £978.83 was the balance in our UK charity bank account as of 31st December 2013.

Achievements in 2013:

  • We provided crucial assistance to the relatives of 2 orphan children, these 2 siblings are now able to live back within a family unit, together and the whole family are supported.
  • We enrolled and paid for 2 pre-school children (1 orphan and 1 adoptive sibling) to go to creche in their village 5 days per week, where they receive two meals per day and pre-school education.
  • We enrolled and paid for 1 orphan child to start primary school in January 2014.
  • We applied and paid for birth registration documents for 2 orphan children.
  • We transported 1 orphan child for urgent medical assistance and paid for necessary medicines as prescribed.
  • We delivered 60kgs worth of donated children’s clothes and shoes to underprivileged children.
  • Over a period of 8 months (May – December) we delivered: 200kgs of rice, 72kgs of flour, 40kgs of cooking oil, 40kgs of sugar, 32kgs of onions and tomatoes, 400 teabags, 40 bars of antibacterial soap, 12 toothbrushes, 24 toothpastes! Which kept 2 orphan children and their elderly grandmother healthy and happy.
  • We have not only provided material support to the family and children but also developed lasting relationships with all members and been a shoulder to lean on when they have needed somewhere to turn.
  • We recruited 2 Mozambican Liaison Volunteers who manage all the family visits on the ground.
  • We have adhered to Mozambican culture and attended meetings with the chiefs of the villages where we have worked, to ensure community acceptance and respect within the villages.
  • Since joining on 20th December 2012 – 31st December 2013 we recruited 566 facebook ‘likers’ to our page.

Difficulties in 2013:

  • We didn’t have any of the UK trustees based full time in Mozambique, coordination of the project and communication with our 2 Mozambican volunteers was challenging.
  • Without any of the trustees in Mozambique for long periods of time we could not commence the lengthy process of registering as an official NGO in Mozambique.
  • We did not raise the minimum requirement of £5000 per year to register with the Charity Commission of England and Wales.
  • Because we could not register Born positive in Mozambique or the UK, we were not accepted on any fundraising platforms such as GlobalGiving, JustGiving, PayPal etc which made fundraising difficult.
  • Without owning a vehicle, all family home visits and food deliveries were dependent on public transport which is extremely un-reliable and the routes indirect.

Focuses heading into 2014:

  1. With Chairman Amy Hulme moving to Mozambique to work on Born Positive, we will be registering as an official NGO in Mozambique.
  2. We will be appealing for funding for the purchase of a vehicle for Born Positive which is absolutely crucial as we expand out to more families.
  3. We will be working with the community of Mahelane, to reach out to more families who are already caring for extra adoptive children and struggling to cope.
  4. We will be continuing to develop our existing relationship with orphanages in Southern Mozambique to identify new vulnerable children and families who require our support.
  5. We will be working with Alzira, the biological mother of 4 and adoptive mother of 2, to develop a small business venture making jewellery for Born Positive, which in turn will allow her to increase the families income.

Closing comment…

“All in all, we at Born Positive are very proud of what we have achieved in just 12 months, from a small idea in December 2012 to a functioning charity today.

As with human tendency, we sometimes feel frustrated that we are not expanding quicker, we have come to realise that we don’t want to rush to reach as many children as possible. We would like to take our time and ensure that every child is not just a statistic but a real person – and each and every one deserves as much attention and care as we can give.

We’d like to end with a HUGE THANK YOU to every one who has followed us from the very beginning and trusted us and our mission with your donations, encouragement and love. We can honestly say that Mozambique would more than likely have lost two very special little people had you not allowed us to help them.”

Amy Hulme, Luke Fellone, Vicky Parker and Rosie Johnson.

UK Trustees.

Here’s a short video and little thank you from the children…

January Success Story!

Jacinto (left) Mysterio (right) insisting on eating from the same plate, rather than their own.

Jacinto (left) Mysterio (right) always insisting on eating from the same plate, rather than their own!

Loosing a twin – Gaining a brother

Amongst some of the obvious improvements we strive to make in the lives of vulnerable children, there are also things that seem to happen by themselves as a result. These wider impacts are often some of the most touching, here’s one of them!

Jacinto was born a twin. Even though they were only toddlers him and his brother Mysterio were very close (pictured above). When they lived at the orphanage they were inseparable – it was very cute to watch the way they interacted; playing, sleeping and sharing food with each other.

In 2012, when they were 2 years old, Mysterio died from HIV complications. We have often wondered what it must have been like for Jacinto to loose his brother at such a young age, I guess we’ll never know until he gets older.

Born Positive has since helped to relocate Jacinto and his older sister Annabella, they now live with their aunty, Alzira, and their 4 cousins. On our last visit to the family in December, I couldn’t help but notice a special bond developing between Jacinto and his cousin Rofino who are of a similar age (pictures below).

I had to double take seeing these two together. Having known the twins when Mysterio was still alive, it felt like Jacinto had his little partner back again, his side-kick, his brother – the hole that was there, seemed just a little fuller.

Perhaps by living with a family, Jacinto will get to experience a brothers love after all.

Written by Amy Hulme.

If you’d like to leave a comment, please do so below!

January success thumb 2

Rofino (left) looking up to Jacinto (right)

Jacinto (left) Rofino (right)

Jacinto (left) Rofino (right)

Remembering Mysterio…

Remembering Mysterio, 08/2010 - 09/2012

Remembering Mysterio Aug 2010 – Sept 2012

A year ago, and just after his 2nd birthday, this orphan boy took his last breath in a rural hospital in Mozambique. HIV complications got the better of his little body. He left behind a twin brother, 3 year old sister and changed the lives of one Mozambican and four British volunteers.

They refused to do nothing, although it felt like nothing was all they could do.

His name was Mysterio. And in his memory they pledged to do all they could to save his surviving siblings from the same fate. With love, support and belief from family and friends they raised money, received donated clothes, shoes and books and began to visit and deliver essentials every month to their grandmother who had taken them in.

Every year on the 3oth September Mysterio will be remembered.

He did not die in vain. He saved his twin brother Jacintu, his sister Annabella and gave many lives a just purpose.

He was Born Positive.

Born Positive Logo

Watch our short video dedicated to Mysterio and the great times we shared…

Would you like to help us? Please click here for more information about Born Positive, click here to donate or feel free to leave a comment below. Thank you x

Happy Birthday Jacintu!

Leo on a home visit to Jacintu and Annabella, Manjacaze Mozambique.

Leo on a home visit to Jacintu and Annabella, Manjacaze Mozambique.

Born Positive has been delivering food supplies each month to a very special family.

A brother and sister, Jacintu and Annabella and their grandmother who takes care of them. They live on the outskirts of a rural village in Southern Mozambique called Manjacaze.

Jacintu and Annabella have spent most of their lives in an orphanage but in January this year their circumstances changed and they were re-homed with their grandmother. In many ways it is much better for orphans to be taken in by extended family, it gives them some kind of unit and a childhood that keeps to their African traditions.

Although orphanages can provide more financial benefits, children often grow up in a blinkered bubble. They don’t experience the day to day life of an African child, they miss the community atmosphere in the neighbourhoods, the stabilty and structure a home can give and one-on-one attention, guidance and love from adults. When the time comes for them to venture out to the big wide world (usually at 16 or 18 years old) they have no safety net, no direction and no-one to fall back on.

Of course with any third world country, poverty always throws a spanner in the works and makes things difficult. Alot of orphan children do have aunties, uncles or grandparents who could take them in. But financially they cannot afford to feed another mouth or have the stress of funding another education.

And so thousands of children across Mozambique spend their whole lives in care.

The mission of Born Positive is to cover the financial cost of an extra child within an extended family home, meaning orphan children can be integrated back into society and a loving, stable atmosphere.

Since January this year we have supported this family with deliveries of food and other essentials like soap, toothbrushes and donated clothing/shoes.

The difference it has made has been phenomenal – we know our mission works!

Saturday was a special visit, it was Jacintu’s third birthday! Leo, our Mozambican volunteer treated them to a birthday cake and enjoyed their first ever tea party to celebrate. It was a great day for everyone.

Here is Jacintu cutting his first ever birthday cake with the help of his big sister Annabella!

Thank you to everyone who has donated to our cause so far, more information on Born Positive can be found here or on our Facebook page.