• All you need is love

    Beautiful little babies all lined up cot by cot. Some sleeping, some crying, some gurgling away - but the one thing shared across all these tiny lives - they had all been abandoned.

    We've worked in a lot of orphanages over the years, and as much as they can be very hard places to visit, often they are also places of great love and tenderness, run by some amazing people who dedicate their lives to helping give these children a better start in life.

    However, an orphanage just for babies - already our hearts were heavy as we pulled up outside.

    Casa Abrigo in Pedra de Guaratiba, Rio de Janeiro is home to 40 babies from all walks of life. Some as old as two, others just days old – abandoned in the hospital as soon as they came into the world. One little girl, Yara, was helpless as she watched her mummy shot by a gang a couple of days ago. She won't sleep because of nightmares and hates being left on her own. Another baby boy was left because he has cerebral palsy.

    The home is run by Anna and Tina, two devoted ladies who pour their hearts into looking after the little ones. With little practical support and no outside funding it is an especially tough job. They rely on local volunteers to give them a hand running the place – making sure the children are clean and well fed.

    More than anything, these children need love and cuddles. We’ll be working with Anna, Tina and the team to look at ways to make the orphanage more sustainable and provide practical help. We’re also planning a volunteer trip later in the year. If you can spare a few days to give some support and spend time helping to care – and cuddle – these precious children, please get in touch. hello@flamingo-creative.co.uk.

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