Sunday, July 31, 2011
Today after church, we visited about 10 of the orphans in Dunduri. Two of the orphaned children were being taken care of by their old and sick grandmother, who appeared to be very ill, and she is so poor that she cannot afford the children's school uniform, tuition, rent and sometimes food. To make matters worse, we believe that both the children have HIV. As if this wasn't heartbreaking enough to hear, one of our kids we were supporting had passed away last week. We are still trying to get information as to what happened with this child. Very sad news.
Wherever we go, it seems like people hear American's are around and swarm to us, wanting to see us, and also hoping that we can help in any way - American's signify hope that we may be able to somehow figure out how to solve their many problems.
The stories we hear each and everyday over here are things that are incomprehensible to the majority of the world. Children dying, children sleeping on streets, children raising themselves, children with no food, children with no parents, infant children being left alone all day; it just goes on and on. And keep in mind the adults, are not much better off than the children.
When we give these small items out (flour, cooking fat, rice, sugar, etc), these people are so grateful and it means more than they can even express. For a few dollars we have provided food for them for a few weeks, smiles that will melt your heart and memories that will last forever.
The following video is of one of the guardians expressing her thanks when we finished handing out food.