Now that we are at the end of the last term. The Centre goes for holidays on the 30th but our worry is for those children who depends on us for food - whether the Centre is closed for holidays or not! We have to feed them. We have to make porridge for their breakfast and rice and beans or maize and beans for their diner. Since ever, I have been going back to my rural area to carry beans and maize which I plant on my small plot. But because of the long drought, the maize did not grow and beans did not every germinate! Whatever small funds I give out of my monthly salary, assisted by my sister and the area concilor can not be enough to take us through this holidays but I am sure someone will come for the rescue.
I am also worried about uniforms. When children are in a uniform, they look smart (wheher the uniform is old or not) but what worries me is that some kids have uniforms which are torn beyond repair and when it comes to next year when we open, we might loose these kids because they will not feel comfortable to come to class without uniform. I dearly thank all who have taken initiative to support in any form; because we need clothes, drugs,for HIV, blankets (for the young ones), who sleep after their lunch meal, shoes, books (both for writing and reading) and above all LOVE! When we get visitors, these kids feel loved, they feel they are recognised in the society, they feel they are human being!
On Saturday the 21st I have 2 lady visitors who brought them sweets and biscuits. These ladies made a bigh difference in these kids lives. They danced around, sung and gave stories. I felt that surely life is all about love! If one does not get love from others, then for sure one feels rejected. They promised these ladies that "they will never forget taking their drugs" that they will always share the little food they are given, that they will love each other, that they always share their uniforms and that they will ALWAYS LOVE GOD - BECAUSE GOD LOVES THEM!!
When these ladies left, I called them at our Assembly Ground and asked them why they made these promises to these ladies, they they all replied in acorus and said they 'BECAUSE THEY HAVE BROUGHT US SWEETS AND BISCUITES - SO THEY LOVE US!! This showed me how these young ones feel. The question I ask my self is..... the children who expressed their feelings are from age 4 to 14 years! How about these small ones, say 1 year, 2 years and 3 years? Am still disturbed about what they are feeling. On 20th October (which was aholiday) we visited the Dumpsite where we collect these children and found a young girl (Ithink ag 14) carrying a baby. When this girl saw us approaching her, she ran away and dropped the baby. We tried to follow her so that we give her this baby, but she ran so fast and got lost in the slum. We stayed at the dumpsite for 3 hours waiting in the hope that this girl will come back, but she never did. We took this baby to a Police Station to report. After writing a statement at the police, the Police asked us to go with this baby because they do not have anywhere to take it. This baby is 1 year and she needs a mother, she needs motherly love, she needs milk, food clothese, she is tested positive, (which means she must be on drugs), she needs a blanket sweaters, etc. It is now Christmas Season, thes kids needs to eat something different apart from borridge, maize and beans. If they could have atleast tea and bread on the 23rd 24 and 25th December, it will make a huge difference. I am always in prayers that this year's Christmas will make a change in their lives, because I am sure they will feel loved! And that when it comes to January when schools will open, they will have school uniforms, shoes, and food. And I believe this in Jesus name!