It was a hot day in the slums. Sweat poured down my face, the smell of feces burned my nose as I walked around asking young girls if they had dreams? I met Angel.
She took me by the hand and led me to her home. I met Lucy, whom she called grandma.
Angel is an orphan. Her mom, a high class prostitute, died a few years ago, and her mom’s pimp, Lucy, took Angel in. 60 year old Lucy is the big mama of the slum we work in. When I asked Macintosh, our field staff, what “big mama” meant, he explained she is the women that thieves sell stuff too. Lucy is my friend. She loves Angel. She asked us to help her send Angel to school.
Their lives seemed extreme to me. Extreme living conditions, extreme problems, extreme emotions. I would bring Angel with me as much as I could every where I went. She slept at my house, I brought her to aid worker parties. She met my awesome friend Jessi. She said she’d make sure Angel was taken care of when I was back in the USA fundraising. Jessie found Angel a safe place to live and Lucy agreed to let Angle move to an orphanage. Most of the girls at this orphanage end up going to college. More Than Me staff and Jessie still visit her regularly. Together Lucy, Jessie, and More Than Me will make it impossible for this young girl to fail.
We are more than just a program. We are a family.
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