Anja Riggren Loven, the founder of the Land of Hope Foundation, recently marked a special anniversary on her Facebook page. Exactly ten years ago, Anja and the Director of Child Development, Nsidibe Orok, found a young girl named Charity in an abandoned house. Charity had been accused of being a witch and was outcast by her family and community. She was left to beg for food during the day and sleep in the abandoned house at night, with no proper clothing or care.
When Anja and Nsidibe found Charity, she was wearing a Chelsea football jersey many sizes too big for her, the only clothing she had. She was severely malnourished, beaten, and abused. But what happened to Charity during those years of struggle and immense pain belongs to the past. Today, thanks to the amazing love and support from the Land of Hope community, Charity has become a strong and independent young woman.
In her Facebook post, Anja shared that Charity will be starting university next year. An incredible accomplishment considering her difficult past. The Land of Hope Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to help children in Nigeria who have been accused of being witches and outcast by their families and communities. Through their work, they provide shelter, education, and support to children like Charity.
The anniversary of Charity’s rescue on the 5th of April 2013 was celebrated by Anja and the Land of Hope Foundation, marking ten years of progress and development for the young girl. Anja shared how ten years ago, Charity’s body appeared like a fragile feather, but today she has grown into a confident and resilient individual. Anja expressed her gratitude to the Land of Hope community for their support in making Charity’s transformation possible.
Charity’s story is a powerful reminder of the impact that love and support can have on the lives of those in need. The Land of Hope Foundation’s work has helped transform the lives of many children, and their dedication to their cause is truly inspiring.