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  History The idea for the home srcinated as a result of a mid 1950's fire in downtown Nassau. when Lady Hermoine Ranfurly, wife of the then Governor General, the Earl of Ranfurly during the aftermath and cleanup, discovered a group of homeless children sleeping in cardboard boxes in buildings and alleys near the burnt buildings.. She used her local and international contacts and together with the Queen Mary's Sewing Guild,  began galvanizing worldwide support for the creation of the home. Help came from as far away as London-based merchants to as close as a group of Bahamian workers on the Out Islands who  pooled their limited resources, sending in eighty pounds to help change the lives of Ranfurly's first residents. Just six months after securing a spacious property on Mackey St. with room for children to play under the shade of Poinciana and sapodilla trees, the patrons and caregivers at Ranfurly welcomed the first residents into their full time care. In 1997, the home that came into being as a result of a tragic fire was nearly destroyed by fire. Patrons and board members had to once again turn to the community for support in rebuilding the boys' dormitory. The home now has the capacity to accommodate more than 45 children who range in age from 5 to 20 and is equipped with three dormitories, a study room, living room, a computer/library center and a kitchen and dining facility. Fifty years later, the Ranfurly Homes for Children is still a place of hope for young Bahamians. The home is a haven, a learning ground, a place where warm memories take shape for boys and girls whose life circumstances may have otherwise taken them on a very different path. The Ranfurly Mission To provide a home for children who are displaced as a result of family problems, who have been abandoned, who are orphaned or whose primary care givers are deceased.   The team continues  the legacy of founder Lady Hermoine Ranfurly, wife of the then Bahamas Governor General, the Earl of Ranfurly. Lady Ranfurly envisioned similar “homes” being established throughout the Bahamas. Aims and Objectives On February 29, 1956 Lady Hermoine Ranfurly outlined the aims and objectives of the home as follows: 1.   To provide a home for Bahamian children who are orphaned or who through sickness or some grave misfortune, find themselves alone in the world. 2.   To maintain and educate these children until such time as they are fit and able to support themselves. 3.   To assist them, on leaving the home or homes, to make a decent start in life and obtain suitable employment. 4.   It is believed that if the home or homes are properly run, these children will become responsible and useful citizens of The Bahamas. 5.   It is thought that by alleviating suffering, these homes will act as a preventive to delinquency. But the homes will in no way be delinquent homes or places of punishment. 6.   It is our wish that the religion of every child in our care shall be respected and they shall  be able to attend their own place of worship. 7.   It is our intention that the children in our homes shall benefit from existing youth organizations such as the Boys Scouts, Girl Guides, the Dundas Centre and other fitting children’s organizations.  The current administration has partnered with local and international organizations to further enhance the lives of Ranfurly residents. Future goals include funding for transitional housing for older residents, securing job opportunities and scholarships for outgoing residents and enhancing the current dormitory facilities at the home. The Ranfurly team continues the legacy of founder Lady Hermoine Ranfurly, wife of the then Bahamas Governor General, the Early of Ranfurly. Lady Ranfurly envisioned similar “homes” being established throughout the Baham as. The Ranfurly Homes for Children has been a safe haven for thousands of Bahamian children since 1956. The Home provides a safe, structured environment for children who have been orphaned, abused, neglected or abandoned. Funding The majority of money received for the organization is via public donations and charities but the Government does provide a 10% grant that is used to cover operating expenses. For on-going maintenance and additional resources to care for each and keep the doors of the Home open, Ranfurly looks to the generosity of corporate and private citizens and international donors.  While the support from the community has been tremendous, the future development of the home requires additional support. Current fundraising projects include upgrading the existing teenage dormitory to include private rooms. The ultimate goal is to continue Lady Ranfurly’s legacy of laughter, love and kindness for the children. The Ranfurly Homes for Children has  been a safe haven for thousands of Bahamian children since 1956. The Home provides a safe, structured environment for children who have been orphaned, abused, neglected or abandoned. The Transitional Home We are currently raising money for the Transitional Home for the children when they reach a certain age and haven't been adopted or have a place of their own to move into. The Home has currently raised $180,000. For the proposed housingTransitional Home  The transitional home is a project that once completed will offer independent housing for the young boys and girls moving into adulthood. This program will help them learn how to live indepentally. Each apartment unit will need a stove, refridgerater, bathroom/kitchen fixtures and cabinets. Leadership Ranfurly is a learning ground, a place where loving memories take shape. Headed by a primary administrator, Ranfurly caretakers work ith a team of social workers and psychologists to meet the emotional and physical needs of the children in their care. Organization The elected Board of Management is the overall governing body for the Ranfurly Homes for Children. A House Committee has responsibility for the day-to-day running of the home and serves as a liaison between the board and the home’s administrator. The home is governed by the provisions of the Children and Young Persons Act and falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Social Services & Community Development. Lady Caroline Simmonds, daughter of the home’s founder continues to support Ranfurly by securing donations from around the world. E-Mail a    Board of Directors: Alexandra Maillis-Lynch  President Alexandra received her early education at Queen's College in Nassau, Bahamas. She later moved on to study Political Science at the University of Sussex, Brighton, England where she received her Bachelors of Science Degree in the hopes of becoming an aspiring Attorney. Although she initially pursued a legal career, Alexandra's love for food and catering to people surpassed her legal aspirations. She found herself consistently cooking for her family members, charity events and anyone who sought her assistance. Thereafter, she decided to make a career out of catering to people and has been doing the same since 1990. Alexandra currently has a catering and event planning company called Events by Alexandra and is the owner of August Moon Café in Lyford Cay. Alexandra is of Greek Descent and is the mother of four boys ranging from the ages of 8 to 21 years old. Alexandra was married to the late Norman Lynch. She decided to volunteer at the Ranfurly Homes for Children upon her husband's untimely death. She felt that she needed a change from the projects she and her husband worked on together as a couple. She often says God chose Ranfurly for her and that she will never leave the beautiful children that she has met at Ranfurly that have
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