This is a Carol A. Ruggie memorial
Modeling Future Heroes works with Rotary International on many of their club-sponsored projects.
Over 15 years ago, Rev. Corine was walking home from a meeting. She discovered a man living in the streets dying of AIDS. She brought him to her home so he could die in comfort and with dignity. One week later six other terminally ill men with AIDS had found refuge and dignity in her home. Soon her house was full of abandoned-to-the-street babies all dying of AIDS. Having heard of her generosity, police brought abandoned infants found throughout the city. There were so many cribs in her kitchen she could not get to her refrigerator!
She had a dream of expanding her care facility to a place where people with AIDS could live to the fullest in peace, with care, with dignity, and with love - a place called “Sparrow Village.”
Picture abandoned children with AIDS: they are destitute, seeking out garbage dumps, not only for food, but for the warmth the rotting garbage provides during the cold South African nights.
Can you see children in your mind's eye hiding in fear, afraid to move, avoiding even possible rescuers? They know fear, abandonment, abuse, pain, and hunger. They know little else.
Below are some of Rev. Corine’s AIDS children after they have been rescued by Sparrow Village.
It takes so little to make a child happy...a bit of love,a few friends,and a place to feel safe.
Over 15 years ago, one stranger with AIDS was taken to a private home to die in comfort and dignity. Now over 200 children with AIDS are living in a very special village community cared for and loved by very special people!
All employees of Sparrow Village were once homeless
WELCOME TO ENCHANTING SPARROW VILLAGE! By teaching job training and construction skills to the homeless, Sparrow Village emerged as a place of safety and love for many.
Sparrow Village also serves as an inspiring beacon of encouragement for future grass-root entrepreneurs showing what one person can do!
By teaching job training and construction skills to the homeless, Sparrow Village emerged as a place of safety and love for many.
1. Create a humanitarian project in a developing community involving children, water, education, and health.
Important Related Links to Our Activities
The Hiram College Home Page
Sparrow Village - the World-Famous Hospice for AIDS Children
The Rotary Club of Aurora, Ohio Home Page
The Tuskegee Airmen Home Page - North Coast Chapter
It's Never Your Fault - a Website for kids who have been traumatized by abuse