I met Janet Littlefield six years ago when she was a teacher in Hebron, Maine. Even then she was an inspiration to everyone that met her. At the time she was supporting a few orphans in Malawi, Africa by sending part of her pay checks to help feed and put the children through school. She has since given up her teaching job so she could dedicate her life to helping more than 70 children in dire need of assistance. The Friends of Littelfield Home is located in the Mpamila area of Malawi. The goal of Friends of Littlefield Home is to reduce the factors that lead to poverty while helping the community to become self sufficient. There are 65 local orphans that are all provided with school tuition, school uniforms, school supplies, food, and food supplements for those that need them. Currently, all of the local orphans are housed at Friends of Littlefield Home but in the future, hopefully by the end of 2012 if enough money is raised, the home plans on building houses for the impoverished elderly in the area, as well as a house for 15 orphans from another area of Malawi. These 15 orphans are also provided the basic amenities that the children from Mpamila receive although they are not yet housed in the same village. The home provides a pre-school program to prepare the younger children for primary school as well as an after school tutoring program available to all the home’s students.
The Friends of Littlefield Home provides transportation to and from hospitals to help those in the surrounding area with HIV/AIDS care and awareness. Janet has brought more than 150 friends to Malawi both to teach them about life in a third world country and also for the visitors to help teach the village. Everyone that goes to Malawi runs different workshops to help teach AIDS awareness, nutrition awareness, reading, health, hygiene, rainforest conservation, and much more. The home also employs patrolmen for the local forests to help prevent poaching, and illegal deforestation.
All of these services are provided through the money that Janet is able to raise, with the help of many that have visited Friends of Littlefield Home. All sorts of charity events are held every year from silent auctions to marathons in Death Valley with all proceeds going directly towards helping these children. Those that take a trip to Friends of Littlefield Home come back with a more open heart and a better understanding and appreciation for human life in general. What is being done at Friends of Littlefield Home is truly changing the lives of countless people. It is the hope that the children educated through the home will be better able to continue on to provide even better lives for their children and teach them to do the same for their children. It is a cycle that must go on and with the continuing help and care of people like Janet Littlefield, it is sure to. This organization needs all the help it can get! Please check out http://www.littlefieldhome.org/ if you would like to learn more or are interested in providing assistance to the children!
The experience I had volunteering at the Littlefield Home in Malawi Africa was like nothing else I have ever done. The village is so hospitable and appreciative of us being there. The kids are beautiful and loving as well. I learned so much while being there. My love for helping others was enhanced after that trip. This home for kids is making a difference, not only for the kids but it is changing the village. Helping to make this village sustainable by themselves is definatley a potential and this organization is on the way of doing that. I can't wait to return someday!
Littlefield Home is a wonderful organization. My experience volunteering with their organization was remarkable. The influence the volunteers and organization had on the children and community as a whole was life changing.
Last year I knew I wanted to go to Africa to work at an orphanage. After researching online and finding so many huge nonprofits advertising travel programs that would only send me information after sending in a deposit, I was nervous about the idea and my parents even more so. I knew I wanted to go, but I wasn't ready to go with an impersonal online program. Then I met Janet and learned about Friends of Little Field Home. She was extremely helpful about the travel process and even more passionate about her goals in Malawi. She made traveling to Malawi so comfortable. I had an amazing time on the trip (June 2010). I felt like I actually go to know the real Malawi, not just the tourist side of it like so many other travel programs offer. The kids were some of the most amazing children I have ever worked with. I always felt safe in the country- Malawi really is the "kind heart of Africa". I wouldn't trade the trip for anything. I returned in January 2011 and began to see the new projects that are taking place. Volunteering with LFH is really the best experience you could ask for in a nonprofit trip. FLFH is such a passionate and inspiring organization run by some of the most caring people I have met.
I volunteered with Friends of Littlefield at their orphanage in Malawi where they do amazing job in providing underprivileged orphans with housing, clothes, and emotional support. The home provides the children with necessary school supplies. Also, the home sponsors high school level orphans by providing them with tuition fees which is a major contributing factor to high school dropouts among the underprivileged. Also, the home helps in improving the health conditions of the Malawian rural communities through Sexually transmitted Diseases (STDs) awareness campaigns. Currently, the home is also working on providing the community they are serving with micro-loans to boost the community's economy.
Little Field Home is a light to the community in this part of Malawi. It provides medical care as well as food and shelter and education to orphaned children. Volunteers come not only to teach but to attend to the emotional needs of the children. It is easy to fall in love!
The summer of my Junior year in high school was when I traveled to Malawi, Africa. I was blown away, shocked, and thrilled. Arriving at the orphanage was a feeling that can only be expressed by actually being there. The orphans had no cell phones, lap tops, or even more than a few shirts to call their own. What they did have was clean water, a roof over their head, and hot meals. For them, this was enough, and that is what truly surprised me- having so little yet being so happy. Always thinking of Malawi, I often wonder why more people can't realize that material objects aren't important, and that it is friendship and love that really add to happiness. Please help maintain this happiness within these orphans by contributing to The Little Field Home so that the meals, clothes, and water do not come to an end. You'll be surprised by how much even a little of your time can help.
I met Janet and Bill this past year at Hebron Academy and slowly found out about the organization Janet had started over 5 years ago to help vulnerable children and their families in Malawi, Africa. I listened to fellow colleagues and current students tell their stories of what they experienced in Malawi and how much of an impact they had on the local community. I was convinced almost immediately that I wanted to travel there in the summer to help in the Ntchisi village with the FLFH new projects. I was considering entering the Peace Coprs after college but it was difficult to leave my position as a boarding school teacher and coach. Currently, I have been raising money with Team Little Field over the past few months while training for a marathon. I was shocked to see how many friends and family wanted to help donate or be a part of fundraisers once I told them what the FLFH has been doing over the past few years. It is a great organization with great people helping many, many people live better lives.
I went to Malawi, Africa with the goal to teach children English, haul water, educate the community about HIV/AIDS and go on two unforgettable adventures to a Safari in Zambia and Lake Malawi. However, from the day that I arrived at The Little Field Home, the eighty some odd orphans taught me more than I ever thought I could learn. When I went to Malawi during three weeks of the summer of 2009, I went for the experience. I went to see what life was like under the poverty line, and to give back to a community. I also went to be selfless, to help those who needed it, and to improve the lives of others. Stepping foot in Chigamba Village was so much more than I had hoped for. The children have smiles from ear to ear despite their conditions, they are always willing to take a walk, to assist with doing laundry, help with hauling water and always interested in reading, writing and learning. When the tears were streaming down my face when I had to say good bye, I knew it would be a see-you-later. And that turned out to be accurate when I returned during the summer of 2010. These children became a part of my every day life to this day as their photographs take up the majority of my wall space, and their memories take over all those I had previously made from prior experiences.