This September, we opened up a Children’s Learning Center for our primary grade students. As children here study either mornings or afternoons, the center is open for children to come before or after their studies. We offer homework help, tutoring, activity-based learning, play, and porridge each day.
As most of our students have parents who were unable to receive a good education themselves, students often have no one to help with homework or concepts with which they struggle. As the teachers typically have an average of 50 students in a class, and students only study four hours per day, children needing help can miss the opportunity to gain the support they need. Additionally, we have seen that absence is often due to hunger. Our center seeks to assist children with all of these issues.
We have 6 staff working with the children daily. These teachers and assistants are excited about the program and showing great dedication to helping our students.
I’m excited about this program and thankful for your part in seeing this ministry opened and blessing our students. Thank you!
• I admit, I seem to have a magnetism for street boys. Something about those little bare feet caked with dried dirt, their soiled clothes, affinity for picking trash, and their forlorn looks calls to my heart.
• Most of my encounters with these little guys leads only to only a few moments shared of kind words and simple gifts, of something to eat, and maybe sandals to wear; but once in a while a relationship is born.
• I met him as I was waiting for a bus. His bare feet, and going-nowhere gait were tell-tale signs that he could use a friend. “Where are you headed?” I asked. “To the hospital to see my mom,” he told me. “Then let me join you,” I said. Now, I really wasn’t sure if he had a mom at all, let alone if we would find her in the hospital, but I thought I’d go along to find out. If she was there, I’d visit with her and offer friendship, if not, I’d teach him about honesty. Along the way he shared that his mom apparently had tumors and that they had become so progressed that she had been hospitalized three months ago. Since then he and his siblings had been kicked out of their home, dropped out of school, and he was staying in the streets. If it was true, I realized, this little guy’s world had turned upside-down in the past few weeks.
• We arrived at the hospital to find that his story was true. The father had left the family long ago. The mother’s condition had grown increasingly worse over the past 2 years leading to her current hospitalization. Relatives were strained simply to care for their own families let alone take in more children. This mother’s biggest concern was that her children were not staying in any one place and they were not in school.
• Over a few hospital visits within the next week, we were able to reach an agreement that if wonderfully caring people in the US were willing to pay for the children’s uniforms, supplies, and school fees, a relative would be responsible to house them and agree to see that they attended school daily. I was able to share with this mother that God indeed loved her and cared about her and her children. She was so thrilled that now her children had been provided a way of education.
• Later that week, all three children were placed in the same school where they now attend and are catching up to their peers.
• I share this story so that you who partner with us know the impact of your gifts and your prayers.
For this woman, you were God’s hands and feet.
You were her miracle.