I visited Zimbabwe, Uganda and Kenya a couple of weeks ago in order to see how our programs are doing and how the kids are growing. I wanted to make sure that the food, medicine and medical supplies we sent were being used wisely and that our kids are benefitting. I went laden down with gifts - Nike soccer balls, dry whole milk for babies, breathing equipment for neonatal care, seeds for orphan families to plant gardens, medical scrubs for doctors in our partner hospitals, surge protectors to keep equipment from being zapped during electrical issues in Zimbabwe, etc. All these things were to help the programs grow and for the kids benefit.
It was exciting distributing these items, as you can imagine. But more exciting was to see the kids doing well. To hug and be hugged back. To see these huge smiles when they were told that we represented the organization which sends them the medicine and food that keeps them well. It was humbling to be hugged by mothers who simply said "thank you" over and over again, knowing that they and their babies would be dead had they not received the medicine we send. It was incredible to be greeted to a hospital with all the widows of the village singing a welcome song. And, it was downright FUN to spend a day with kids during a "kids day" in Mombasa, Kenya - clowns, games, music, contests, and food were part of the day and my travel mate kept saying, "I can't believe these children are sick. I can't believe they came to this clinic mostly dead - LOOK at them! They are fine!".
Yes, they are fine. And it is because of you that they are fine. You guys, though your generosity, large and small, but all equally important, have given these kids life.
I am attaching a short video below for you to see what you and Nike have been doing in Africa these days. Check it out. Smile - you did it!
On behalf of the kids,
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