Ranfurly Homes for Children

For over 50 years, the Ranfurly House has been helping children in need of the Bahamas. It is internationally renowned for its swift & effective on the ground aid efforts.

We know the Bahamas faces vast challenges left by the unprecedented devastation of Hurricane Dorian ...

And indeed we at Ranfurly have never been in this position before - but have tried to ready ourselves to embrace the children of Grand Bahama and Abaco seeking refuge. 

On Saturday the first 57 children displaced by storm and circumstance - arrived. These children were dispersed amongst homes across New Providence - with Ranfurly taking 23, more than doubling our capacity. 

Presently - our new family members are being housed in dorms that were outfitted in under 48 hours - the result of an enormous Ranfurly team effort buoyed by tremendous community generosity.

Due to the severity of damage on their home islands - we plan for our welcome to be longterm - as the need for rebuilding - and healing ahead is great.

As with all of our children - we seek now to shelter, nourish, nurture, educate and protect our evacuees. 

It is essential to us that all feel loved, comfortable and have the opportunity to let the long journey of healing begin.

This is something we all feel called - and happy to do. However, we are much aware of the practical demands that lie ahead. In order to care well and abundantly for our new charges. We seek sustained support from our friends now.

As our family has already doubled - So has the cost of maintaining our home environment and its functions.
Food, schooling, clothing, transportation , mental health care and staffing expenses - are ongoing and urgent needs that must be met.

We are deeply grateful for all help and kindness that has made our home able to offer a reprieve to those most hurt at this time.


The idea for the home originated 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 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 Bahamas.


Ranfurly Home
Pompano Beach, FL
Ranfurly Homes for Childreninc
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