There are few things that fill my heart as much as a smile of gratitude. Sometimes, they are small, timid smiles that flash across the faces of children who are too shy to offer words. Sometimes, they are wide, gorgeous smiles, full of teeth and usually followed by a crushing hug. Sometimes, they are shared smiles between a grandma and a child for whom she cares, secure that they will be ok now that they have a way to move forward. It doesn't matter which kind of smile is given, they all warm my heart.
This summer, I had the pleasure of visiting families to whom we gave goats last year. They proudly brought the babies to us, holding them gently and getting them ready for vaccinations. Some had 3 kids. Some had 7. It was a miracle, all of it. A miracle that in a dry land, these animals are being born and the herds are growing, providing milk for our children and their guardians.
It was a day for smiles, for sure! We celebrate with the children their well-being and we toast to their prosperity so that they can grow up healthy and strong. We also celebrate YOU and toasat to your own prosperty - thankful for your generosity in providing for the children. We smile widely at you and know that you join us in our joy at watching this project flourish.
If you'd like to visit our programs and would like to visit first hand the children we serve, please email me at tweaver@AFCAids.org. Children like Nwange and his grandma will gladly welcome you to their home and I know they will parade their kids and goats, smiling the entire time.