WAITING, WATCHING AND WISHING (ETHIOPIA)!
Karen Wistrom with Fitsum at Kind Hearts in Ethiopia.
WAITING, WATCHING AND WISHING ...
There's an uncomfortable truth that settles in when we are in Ethiopia working with the kids at our CarePoints. Kids that have come to know and rely on a full tummy every day, water that won't make them sick, teachers and care-givers that love them and guide them, and medical care when they need it. They laugh and play with energy and abandon because they have hope for their future.
The uncomfortable truth is revealed when you look around the edges of the CarePoint and see thin, dirty kids waiting and watching and wishing.
Occasionally a child braves the walk across the dusty ground while we are there and plaintively asks for food. We respond immediately all the while knowing that it is a temporary fix.
Other times I have watched mothers or old stooped grandfathers hide themselves in the bushes and push their kids toward us, hoping for compassion and food for their child. My heart breaks every time because it is then that I realize how many more kids we could be helping.
Without enrollment at Kind Hearts, these kids suffer chronic malnutrition and chronic illness. If they survive childhood, most will barely eke out a living working as a daily laborer (hard manual labor for pennies a day) and the cycle of poverty will continue. Their days are filled with chores and many kids are already working for pennies by hauling water or carrying firewood for families who can afford to have a child do it for them.
Our four small classrooms at Kind Hearts are overflowing with the 195 kids currently enrolled in the program. But with the construction of a new school building with 4 more classrooms, we could serve 150 more kids!!
150 more kids that will no longer hover at the fringes, watching their friends, neighbors or siblings eat a full lunch, drink a tall glass of clean, pure water and then skip into the classrooms for their daily lessons that will set them on the path of self-sufficiency - for themselves and their future families!
There are hundreds more orphaned and destitute kids in the area served by Kind Hearts and we have families wanting to sponsor - we just don't have the space to serve, care for, feed, clothe and educate 150 more kids ... yet.
Would you help build a new school at Kind Hearts so we can enroll and serve even more children? More kids who will be provided with nutritious meals every day, clean water, clothing, medical care, education and Christian discipleship.
Give a gift that gives for a lifetime. Please consider funding this very important project at Kind Hearts. Your donation (of $25, $50, $100 or $1000) will make this dream a reality for 150 more kids who are waiting, watching and wishing.
Volunteer sponsor coordinator for Kind Hearts and Trees of Glory CarePoints, Ethiopia
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