The Noviane Model consists of a cluster of houses within an existing village setting. These homes are provided for widows who have a number of children of their own but are willing to take in orphans and raise all of the children in a family setting. These widows then receive food, medicine and other support services.
Dr. Kantel wrote on the 10th of Sep 08.
“We have currently 13 children in the three families at Noviane and expect to add at least two village orphans for the mother of the first family to care for. The second family has seven kids, so they have their hands full now. The third family--who were just added this past week--is a desperately poor church family from a distant village who came seeking help. They are a nearly blind grandmother, her totally blind daughter, and the daughter's four young children.
“We're sorting the bags of clothes you left and some we're giving to the kids at the Noviane village housing project. A third family just moved in there two days ago--a grandmother, her blind daughter, and the daughter's four young kids. You've never seen such poverty. Their only possessions were the tattered, dirty clothes they were wearing. The second family...of seven children...similarly have only one set of clothes each which they wear every day. So we've been able to find nice things to fit all the kids and at least something for the adults.”