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Bahamian Children’s Homes Get the Spotlight

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Bahamian children’s homes were highlighted today at an event hosted by the Dream North Foundation. Highlighted at the event, were the stories of Bahamians who were once residents in the system.

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Bahamian children’s homes were highlighted today at an event hosted by the Dream North Foundation. Highlighted at the event, were the stories of Bahamians who were once residents in the system.

When not focusing on children’s literacy, the Dream North Foundation also works to promote the advancement of underprivileged minorities, aiming to protect women and youth who are survivors of abuse or sex trafficking, and those navigating foster care systems.

One of the event’s key speakers, Branisha Bullard, had quite the story to share.

Bullard describes her trauma-ridden early years with her mother before being taken in by other family members and eventually the state, living in four different children’s homes.

By the time she got to the Ranfurly Home for Children, she was determined to change her life for the better.

While living at the Ranfurly Home for Children, she was fortunate to have private education, counselling sessions, etiquette classes and incredible mentors that wanted her to succeed.

Bullard says she went on to study psychology at University of The Bahamas, and just last week received her masters from Walden University.

Bullard shared a special message for the children in the room:

“I would like to encourage the boys and girls that are in the room today… commit to your studies. Find something you are passionate about doing. You have the ability to change your life,” Bullard says.

“Be on good behavior, speak to everyone with kindness, let your voice be heard.”

Social Services Minister Obie Wilchcombe, says this kind of event is key for children who are wards of the state.

“We want to tell the story of children who have been able to, despite the odds, rise to levels of great success and to find themselves… we love them,” Wilchcombe said.

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