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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services

Mission: To provide comprehensive child care services for displaced children due to death, separation, abuse, abandonment, illness or other unfortunate circumstances. To ensure that while they are in our care they are afforded their rights as outlined in our statement of rights of a child. In addition, that our children feel comfortable and that they develop a sense of self-worth. To offer our children a place where they can feel safe and secure, but moreover, to provide a place that they can call a home.

Geographic areas served: Nassau, Bahamas

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Cindi Bowe S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The organizers at Ranfurly are very caring and diligent in planning for the well being of the children at the home.

1 Jessica Hope S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last Christmas, my organization, Hatching Hope got to spend a few days with the amazing children and staff of Ranfurly Homes for Children. I was overwhelmed with emotion to not only see how well the children are cared for, but how organized the entire organization is. Ranfurly is a beautiful organization that always puts the children first, and also teaches them the life skills needed to succeed. I can’t say enough good things about Ranfurly Home for Children.

20 Edvenna M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

my experience at the ranfurly home for children has been a great one I loved meeting every child and interacting with each one see the smiles on their face just gave me motivation I pray that the organization continue to provide the love an support for the children at ranfurly home

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Alexandra Maillis-Lynch. I was first a volunteer, then a mentor and now have served as the president of the Board for the past 10 years. I love these children and this Home! It has been an honour and a privilege to share my life with them and I am eternally grateful for this experience. The children have given me far more than I could ever have given them. We have sought to make this a HOME and not just an institution or a holding pen for children that have had difficult beginnings. As I always tell the children, their beginning does not define them or their life. We have worked tirelessly to ensure that they get counselling, mental health support, sound education and that they are well socialized before they enter the 'real' world. Material comforts could never replace the love, care and attention that each child is given in our home. As my term ends, I would like to say how far we have come as a home and that the future looks very bright! Many thanks to everyone that has worked as a team with us, supported us and allowed us to continue the work in this fine example of an Home.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience at Ranfurly home was in 2015. I went with some friends to spend time with the young ladies there. The encounter impacted me so deeply that two years later I would form a ministry specific to Ranfurly Home and spending time with the young ladies there.
I've always considered this home to be someplace special. I have visited other homes in New Providence but there was always something different about the spirit at Ranfurly. The staff seemed to truly enjoy giving their time there. The kids, though they may have their challenges, seemed to be growing in a meaningful and sincere way. Ranfurly is truly a labor of love.

2 Latija K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As I recall my childhood, I think of the summer days spent in Adelaide, the celebration of one’s birthday during the weekend, and craft night on Tuesdays. However, nothing is compared to the love and acceptance that I experience as child during the 6plus years I lived there. I had the privilege of meeting several kind-hearted and passionate individuals (Mrs. Alexandria, Mr. Roberts, Mrs. Burrows, Mrs. Leslie, Mrs. Linda, and more) that God allowed to enter my life. I dare, Mr. Roberts to count how many times he said “Lady King” followed by words of inspiration, Mrs. Alexandria “Just try it, you may like it” (Whenever you need a taste-tester, I am available lol), and Mrs. Leslie “This is it, I can feel it”. When I fell in softball practice, my coach “Just a little dirt, shake it off”, whereas Mrs. Linda (May you rest in peace) said “Are you okay? That looks painful. You may want to sit this one out”. If you know, I am always 10 steps ahead of myself and navigating the possible outcomes (you can ask the Twins Jacqueline and Sophie. We walked/ran around the pool at least 50 times a day).Life is journey that push, twist, spin, and blow you in all directions but God always provide in the mist of the storm.” Covid-19 makes it difficult to connect, but there are different ways to impact one’s life (nothing is too small or too BIG). #Reachout

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I run the Bahamas Bowl and we have supported and worked with the Ranfurly Home for the past 6 years. The staff is absolutely incredible, and they give their life to these children. It’s a joy and blessing working with them.

12 Tamico G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Greetings, my name is Tamico Glass and I’m a graduate of St. Anne’s School and former resident of The Ranfurly Homes for Kids where I proudly resided for more than a decade. This home gave me and experience and taught me lessons that will never be forgotten. Sure there were ups and downs as I may have seen it but as I grew older I learnt to appreciate the lessons that was taught so that I may unleash the best version of myself and potential he a better father, if granted the blessing. I am honored to be writing this because I know that the leaders of The Ranfurly sacrificed a lot to make the other children and myself feel like we belonged not only by bondage but with allowing us to utilize our passion with extracurricular activities and providing us with private school education. In my experience in The Ranfurly Home there was nothing but unconditional love from this Ranfurly family.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do an awesome job here in The Bahamas! It is a challenging environment and do their very best to provide a safe and nurturing environment.

3 Alexa-Rae B. S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Growing up as an only child I had always wanted brothers and sisters. I would see my peers with their siblings and felt that I was missing out on such a tremendous childhood experience. I never quite got what I wanted but was excited all the same to have a step brother and sister and a host of cousins and friends to engage me in all the youthful adventure and playful mischief I could wrap my imagination around. The sting of adulthood eventually introduced itself and playtime was over. A rigid countenance was never an attribute of mine and I took with me the lighthearted cheerfulness of better times despite adjusting to the mundane motion that we can sometimes get into.

In 2013 I met an amazing woman. I had so far suffered minor challenges that left a grim impression on me. When I met her my initial thoughts were, " Wow! What makes her see life the way that she does? What makes her so creative, inspiring and passionate?" She quickly became a mother figure, mentor and friend and encouraged me to do things that would foster a new sense of being. However, what could I think of. I felt stuck. She wore many hats and one day invited me to The Ranfurly Homes for Children. As a child I could remember this place. I'd reluctantly been there only once as a means of what my mother assumed was punishment for my insolence. To her surprise the hours she left me served to be entertaining as I had gained new friends and didn't want to leave. As an adult now visiting this place I expected to find every stigma of an orphanage. Besides, who hasn't seen films like Oliver Twist or remember the mean old Ms. Hannigan from the 1980's classic Annie? Could you imagine my surprise when as we approached the pristinely manicured grounds happy children could be heard playing in the distance. At first glance of us approaching they dropped what they were doing and ran to the sides of the car, barely allowing my friend to park. They were giddy with joy and I was just as much touched by the scene of children and teenagers gathering around her. You'd think that she was Mohammed Ali after a winning fight! Truly it seemed so. Though she meant more to those kids than the heavy weight champion of the world meant to his adoring fans.

The Ranfurly Homes for Children are the epitome of what every children's home should hope to be. I quickly became involved with the teen girls as they with their colorful personalities and inquisitive minds reminded me of myself in my teens. Always wanting a big sister to look up to. I felt a sense of family there. Observing the way the staff treated the kids was such a breath of fresh air given my already looming thoughts of orphanage life. How quickly they were obliterated! It was no wonder why the kids loved and respected them so. Despite their individual circumstances they found an accord with one another and the mentorship, support and love from the staff and volunteers was just binding agent needed for them to call it home.

Hosting an evening with the girls afforded me the opportunity to know them better. We watched movies played games and had "girl talk" which I think thrilled them most. I must comment that these young women with their unique personalities and talent don't expect your pity but rather your presence, time and genuineness. All of the children expect and deserve that much. From time to time I'd stop by and have dinner with them which was always a treat! NO OLIVER TWIST DINNER SCENE HERE! Dinner was always a rousing occassion, whether their in house chef prepared the meal or it was generously donated. The table would be set by the children and everyone would sit family style to enjoy delicious meals. There would even be themed nights which would expose their young taste buds to international cuisine, stimulating them to familiar themselves with cultures other than their own.

In addition to the many beach fun days, movie nights, Atlantis visits and field trips that I had the pleasure and privilege to attend, there is one moment that I will never forget. Ranfurly had organized an evening where a successful business owner would come and speak to the kids. They listened attentively to him as he spoke and were impressed at his many accomplishments. However, when he spoke if his childhood, he recanted a not so pleasant time. He told them of his Haitian lineage and how it was difficult growing up. Afterward, each child was to stand up and proudly profess their lineage and a future goal. One child mumbled, out of fear that she'd be laughed at. He then encouraged her to speak up and the kids, staff and everyone else rallied with her which shot her confidence through the roof and she shouted proudly " My name is ___ and I am a Haitian!" You could soak my heart up with a sponge how moved I was. That is what a children's home should be. A place where children can feel safe, loved and free enough to be themselves without being made ashamed for who they are or what circumstances they've encountered.

Overall I give this organisation five golden stars! I rate it as excellent! The trustworthy and hard working staff, the inspiring mentors and helpful volunteers all play a role in making The Ranfurly Homes for Children a place for children to call home. Their facilities are conducive for mental stability and growth, with an airconditioned computer room, reading room, air conditioned recreation room, air conditioned dinning hall and air conditioned dormitories, large outdoor basketball court and play area and even a small chicken pen where they sold fresh eggs. The only thing that saddens me is that I don't go as often as I'd like to. If you were to get involved with Ranfurly as I did, you would see that you'd be gaining such a wholesome and unrivaled experience getting to know their family. I am glad that I was lucky enough to be trusted and introduced to them by my dear friend and quickly found what I was looking for so many years ago in my childhood, learning the true meaning of family and thanking God for every bit of it.


Forever grateful,
A-R Smith

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a former resident of the ranfurly homes for children. I went there at the age of 13 and they provided a stable home for me in a troubling moment in my life. They protected me, cared for me, made sure all of my needs were met. They rewarded me when I did something honorable. Because of this home, I was granted lots of opportunity to make a better life for myself, for example, putting me in a good school(Temple Christian High School), also making sure to instill in me values and morals of a good person. While there, I met lots of people that were loving, caring, and who wanted the best for me, some of whom are still very much in my life, even 5 years after leaving the home. I am grateful for the rhc. Not only did they make sure that I was clothed, fed, in good health, and all the basic necessities, but they also tried, and in my opinion, executed giving me as much of a normal life as well. I got to go fun stuff that teenagers enjoy as well (Atlantis Club Crush, Yodephy Dance and Modeling, Basketball games, concerts, plays, etc.)

2 Tatjana C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Ranfurly home is one of the most amazing Nonprofits in the Bahamas. The staff and volunteers are genuinely there to help the children and are doing their absolute best always. You can tell through their work with the children of the amazing things that they are doing. The children are kind, respectful, well behaved and a pleasure to be around. I love the Ranfurly home children and am fortunate to be apart of this amazing community.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best run children's home in the country. The number of kids resident does not do justice to the assistance and leadership the Home plays to all the children's homes. It has been a pleasure working with them. The (now) former President Alexandra has done a tremendous job in elevating the quality of care and oversight to the children. Your money will be in trustworthy hands, should you choose to donate.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I became involved with Ranfurly Home for children after realizing that they fill a very large empty space in The Bahamas and the home almost entirely relies on donations. After Hurricane Dorian they added another 2 dozen children to the home who were traumatized and homeless from another island, some scarred from losing parents, friends and/or relations. The staff and volunteers at the Home exceeded all expectations, providing them very quickly with immediate care, counselling, a safe place to stay and above all the unconditional love that these children needed. Some of these children have now returned to Grand Bahama but will forever remember their experience in Nassau. To physically and financially cope with the extra children took a tremendous about of work and dedication by the staff and volunteers at Ranfurly, sadly not recognized as much as they should be. Ranfurly also provides, with limited resources, an excellent education for all the children in their care, having been deprived of so much, they are given the opportunity to succeed at school. After visiting a number of times it is clear to me the extent of the love and care provided by this home, instilling into the children good manners, good morals and the acknowledgement of how far a good education can help you. They also opened a transitional home for those children who "age out", another incredible gift so these children can move from late teen to adult in a safe and secure environment, not just sent out into the community. During COVID the staff have gone to extraordinary lengths to keep the Home immune from the virus, this means many more hours on site for many of them, so far they have done an outstanding job. I applaud all who work for Ranfurly and hope they are there for many, many years to come.

1 Lesley Forde C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Ranfurly about seven years ago and a board member for the last three years.

The children always come first. I have seen the care and love from the community, our mentors, our donors and especially our staff.

September 2019 saw us pushed to our limits after taking in children from Grand Bahama because of the devastation of hurricane Dorian and we thrived.

Then in March of this year, Covid 19 came to our shores & online learning. The home went into complete lockdown for the children’s safety.

Watching the staff and our President of the Board making extraordinary sacrifices for the children was inspiring.

I am so proud of the family we have built.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The Ranfurly Homes for Children have fully embraced teens through some of the most difficult years in their lives. There is a genuine desire and effort put forth to involve youth in a wide array of activities that can spark their interest and creativity, thus exposing them to opportunities to grow. I have been involved as a volunteer mainly through leading Bible studies and craft groups. For those who are interested, craft time often turns into craft counseling time and the youth connect with other young adults who care and love them. Ranfurly Home has always opened its doors to those who want to serve and interact with the youth. I think the spirit of welcome and involvement blesses residents and volunteers alike.

2 Emma Culmer B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience with Ranfurly Homes for Children began in 2018. I was impressed by the importance that the Board of Directors placed on ensuring that the children at Ranfurly Homes were not only taken care of physically but that their mental health concerns were also viewed with utmost importance.
My role at the time was counseling and it has been a pleasure helping the Ranfurly kids through their life challenges and seeing positive results. One of my experiences that stood out, was seeing the children move from being resistant and guarded to willingly and freely sharing their stories with me.
Despite the many challenges, the children were well cared for, the organization remained financially transparent and the team of volunteers remained strong. The support was overwhelming during the crisis of Hurricane Dorian, that resulted in many of the Grand Bahama Children’s Home residents being housed at Ranfurly Homes. The community efforts, staff, administration, board members, past residents and children pulled together in a unity that could not be overlooked. Overall, my professional skills have been broadened during my tenure at the Ranfurly Homes for Children and ongoing relationships established.

1 Neka D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was once a child in the care of Ranfurly, and it was the best thing that could had happen to me. The people their are so caring, and kind, towards me they showed what a home is to be. Upon walking into the homes you can feel the love in the air, the children are happy, they are laughing, dancing, just over all being children. When I left the homes I was treated as I was still in the care of the homes. Ranfurly is a lighthouse in the darkness.

1 Catherine C.5

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served at Ranfurly for over a decade as a board member. It has been such a rewarding and fulfilling experience to truly see the tangible impact of this home and the wonderful people supporting it on our children's lives. This home is truly a place of healing, uplifting and preparing youths from traumatic backgrounds to become productive, Constructive and hopefully happy! members of society. It is a heartwarming family and I'm honored to be a part of it.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ranfurly is a caring organization that is passionate about the lives of the children that reside with them. The home provides a holistic approach that provides for the physical and emotional needs of the children while providing opportunities for them to thrive educationally and socially.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was a former resident at Ranfurly Homes for Children. I was so blessed to have staff, mentors and board members who cared about me. They provided a stable home, food, and education for me and so many more kids. They were always there for me with love and care. The unfailing love and encouragement I got at the Home gave me the strength to keep going even when life was difficult. I have made lifelong friends through the Home. I was given great opportunities and would forever be grateful.
Brenell Knowles

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with Ranfurly Homes for Children for over eight (8) years. During this time, I have worked on various fund-raising projects and assignments that has positively impacted the welfare, education and health of the Home. My love for the Home is endless. I realized that having a quality and meaningful relationship with the Home and the kids will have a powerful effect on the kids in their personal and academic growth. My goal is to ensure that all of our kids are love and given the best care and opportunity possible.
LaToya Polacek

1 Joey Ann Gordon P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with Ranfurly since 2007 and have been apart of the most inspirational events inside the home and out. I have watched children grow and blossom into absolutely beautiful human beings. Ranfurly has taught me that with perseverance anything is possible.