We’ve met with a number of families who’re struggling to provide for themselves, and we are going to do our very best to give them the tools and materials they need to succeed – whether it be through the kukus (chickens!), or growing vegetables.
One situation in particular touched me the most – though that doesn’t discount the rest of the families we’ve met with. It is of a grandmother in her 80s, who lives with her grandson, Frankie. Unfortunately, both of Frankie’s parents are no longer around, giving his grandmother the responsibility of raising a young child on her own. Raising a child can be difficult at times for anybody – but for this grandmother, she’s doing it on an extremely low budget with which she can barely feed herself, so she sacrifices her hunger for the sake of her grandson. She told us she spends most nights crying because she doesn’t see a way out of this situation. It was a very moving meeting. As we were about to leave, she shook all of our hands with such passion, and told us that she thanks God that we came to see her.
|Dad watching his son
during the first class
One other situation I was moved by included the story of a single father, raising his 6-year old son while trying to improve his struggling business. We met the young child, and he was full of zest (where do kids get the energy from?!), which was great to see. We want his father to have a successful business which produces enough revenue for him and his child to have a good life. We don’t want them to be neglected, not when they desperately need our help.
|Hanging out with the teachers|
That is why we’re doing this project, to allow families like these who deeply love their children to stay together without having to make such racking decisions. We want to help as much as we can, but by giving them the tools to improve their own futures, rather than through handouts.
While things have been going extremely well, we are working with a limited set of funds which is making us pay extra attention to finances. Currently we are trying to divide our original grant pool into 15 rather than 10 grants, which means less money for each person. We would very much appreciate any donations you can provide – even a small amount like $30 can go a long way to helping us help the families. So please give anything you can! We (and the families) appreciate it greatly.