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Have you ever seen or heard of the award winning documentary called A Small Act? It’s a story of a women that sponsored a child in Kenya. One day that child grew into a man and knocked on her door to tell her how her support changed his life. He is now changing children’s lives all over Africa. She never knew how her support would actually effect this child but she gave anyway.
I give every day and I don’t know the outcome of most of my giving acts but this week I got a letter that brought tears to my eyes because this time I got to know the outcome of my “give.” I got a letter this week from a women by the name of Chelsea Peters that has started an organization called Atin Afrika Foundation (meaning Child of Africa)along with her partner Morris. I have posts on this site featuring the giving journey on days 209 and 226 on the Atin Africa Foundation. It is a story that inspires me every day. It’s about a couple that was determined to start a shelter for homeless children in Lira, Uganda. They started with a dream in just a few short months street kids now have a bed to sleep in.
Read the story and know that every give we do does have an effect that can travel around the globe and changed lives whether you know it or not. Consider sponsoring one of these children to help change a life forever.
Day 269 / Give 269 Guest Writer Owiny Morrys (Morris)
It was on 15th of June that Atin Afrika Foundation began to see the light of its impacts on the grounds on which it was founded. The very first challenges we faced was finding a house for shelter and a foster mother who was very committed to taking care of the kids. We encountered a lady who seemed good but after giving her the job she called during the night and said that her relatives had stopped her from working with dangerous kids (street kids). I felt a bit snubbed but I had to pick the courage up as quickly as I could and move on to look for another lady.
I could not wait to get the kids into the house that we had rented for them because we already had the beds ready for them, and I bought all the food stuff and other items. The feeling of seeing them off the streets is what I knew the whole team was longing to see happen in reality. I set off to find the kids that we had put on the care taking list we made. Each one of them was found on the streets in different areas doing different things:
FRED, was the first that I encountered. I found him smoking a cigarette and sniffing glue but looking very hungry in his ragged dirty clothes. The second he saw me, he put his cigarette off and threw the glue away! His face filled with guilt. He knew that I did not want them to be smoking that stuff. I asked him one question; would you leave the streets if someone offered you a place to stay? “I would of course, but people don’t like street kids,” he replied. So, I told him to drop all he had in his hands and follow me. The excitement was on his face, but I could see that he rather doubted whether I was for real taking him to find a new life.
WALTER, was next. He was carrying a black polythene bag full of metal pieces he had been collecting all day to sell. When I asked him how much he would sell them for he said for 500 shillings. I had expected him to say at least 3000 shillings because it was a whole bag of metal scrap. This indeed showed me how hard it is for them to earn a living on the streets. When I told him to come with me, he threw away the whole bag and smiled at me for a second! Then he asked me, “Uncle where are you taking me?” “To my place,” I answered. He just held my hand and said “Thank you” in the local language Apwoyo. With the two boys, we continued our journey of looking for the rest.
AMBROSE We found Ambrose in the cinema hall. He was watching a movie but had fallen asleep in the chair. One of the boys to woke him up and I talked to him about coming with me home. He said nothing but just got up and was ready to go with me. This marked the end of the daytime search for the boys as I could not find the rest of them that day.
DANIEL AND GEOFFREY I set out at night to check at the usual place where I usual see the boys and there they were. They were getting ready to sleep on their boxes but it was their day to depart the cold and hunger of the streets. I brought them home to sleep.
Upon arriving at Atin Afrika Foundation, the boys gazed at me with wonder about what was happening to them! I introduced them to the matron and their beds. Then I took them to take a shower with new basins, bathing soap, towels and scrubbers. We had to teach them how to bath themselves and how to brush their teeth. After the bath the boys went back to their bedroom. They could not wait to climb on the beds. I cannot describe feeling inside of me but I was so happy to see life change for these kids. I set out to buy the rest of the things that were needed. On my return, I found the boys already taking a nap and were deep asleep on the soft beds and pillows. I thought to myself how much they must have longed to have such sleep in their lives.
The first morning in the house the boys woke up and Ambrose became the self proclaimed captain of the house. He divided up chores amongst the rest of the boys. The matron was amused at how these kids responded to everything so well and she said to me that she did not see any street characteristics in these kids. After their chores, I brought some modelling clay and asked the boys to make anything out of their imaginations.
That evening the boys were taken through a prayer session by the matron and Geoffrey became the self proclaimed pastor of the crew. He stood in front of everyone and asked each one of them their prayer requests. The best came from Walter who said we should pray for the rest who have remained on the streets so that they can get the same opportunities as we have.
I am so blown away by how well behaved these kids are, they listen to the matron and the way they respond to the activities we render to them is so amazing. They treat each other like brothers and are easy to care for. We are letting them get used to their new life and will them introduce the psychological support programs for them. The effects of the drug addiction is disturbing them and they will need ongoing support. They sleep often especially Fred who has been smoking and sniffing glue at the same time. The story is not over it has just begun for these children and more to come. To be continued…………………………………
Have you ever seen something and later thought could I have done something to help? Something to give?
Today I did and I decided to help ease the pain for my neighbours.
Day 268: Give 268
My son loves to watch the garbage trucks come by our house. We get 3 trucks every garbage day. One for regular garbage, one for recycling and one for garden waste. We have a back lane at our house and the garbage truck comes in backwards and goes down the lane in reverse. The lanes are not wide but every week they seem to back up with easy in their big oversized vehicles. Today the driver was a bit off and added an extra load to my garden waste.
I’m not sure how the driver did it but he backed up into my neighbours beautiful, old Japanese maple. One hit and a tug to remove it from his side mirror and the tree went down. It was like a loose tooth that with even a little extra wind it would hit the ground. I felt terrible for my neighbours as I knew they have lived there for over 30 years and I have this feeling that Japanese maple had been there as long. My first thought was to tie it up before I told them about the accident but realized if I touched it would come completely uprooted.
Instead I decided to perform a random act of kindness. I went inside and got a pretty card in which I wrote:
“I hope this eases the pain tonight. I am sorry to inform you the garbage truck hit your maple at the end of your property and it did not make it.”
I took the note along with a bottle of wine and left it on their door step for their arrival home from work. I thought that I would take a bad situation and at least put a smile on their face. One small act eases the pain.
What did you do as a Random Act of Kindness this week or one small act to make another persons day? Maybe you to decided not to turn your back and walk away from a situation but instead you gave? Leave us a comment and share your story.
Time Commitment: 5 minutes
Cost: A bottle of wine
When I started 365give a friend suggested a book I should read. It was called Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World. I went right to their website and I was truly inspired by Me to We. The organization was started by two young students many years ago, Craig and Marc Klielburger. Their lives changed after volunteering in Ecuador to help to build a school. They decided they had to do something to change the world. Me to We was inspired by an one act they witnessed while volunteering. The school was far behind being completed and they had just days before leaving the village. The chief of the village called a “minga.” A call to action that brought people from villages miles away to help finish the school together. It was no longer about one person, “me” but about “we” and thus Me to We was formed and is changing the world every day. One of the ways they are doing this is through the other organization they have built called Free the Children. That is how I am giving back today, I want to help Free the Children of the world.
Day 267: Give 267
“Free The Children believes in a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. We are a charity and educational partner that empowers youth to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local and global citizens. Our domestic programs educate, engage and empower hundreds of thousands of youth in North America and the UK. Our international projects, led by our holistic and sustainable Adopt a Village model, has brought over 650 schools and school rooms to youth and provided clean water, health care and sanitation to one million people around the world, freeing children and their families from the cycle of poverty.”
Inspiration, motivation – change. Need I say more. How can we not take just a moment in our day to give.
One click, one like and we can help Free the Children reach a $1,000,000 fundraising goal and you don’t have to give a dime. With help from many great sponsors, just one click on the Free the Children facebook page allows you to give a donation of $1.00 at no cost to you. My click helped to bring that total to $626,090. That means over 600,000 have liked their page. Pretty amazing but how many people use Facebook – 500 million? Their sponsors have pledged to give up to $1,000,000. We need to start clicking today. Together on Facebook we can help them reach their goal.
I need you to spread the world. Post this on your Facebook page and ask your friends to help. Together we can Free the Children and help Marc and Craig continue their great work around the world.
Time Commitment: 30 Seconds
Cost: 0 but donated $1.00