Monday, February 22, 2016
Sometimes my gut does somersaults and my heart sinks as I meet some of the most desperate people... This time it is three orphaned children ages 15, 10 and 8. These children need immediate support!!
Three weeks ago, two brothers and their younger sister were brought to me and our staff at our First Aid Clinic in Korah. Two women whom we had never met appeared at the gate, telling the children’s story; that their mother had suffered from a terrible illness and she had died in early December. Since then, the women professed to have been caring for the children and were seeking support and sponsorship so they could continue to care... But the truth be told, after further investigation and completing a full assessment at the women’s residence, we discovered this wasn’t the case.
The children’s loss of their mother was tragically true, but they had also become targets to be exploited, a way for these ladies to try and rent out a dilapidated barn and earn extra funds to make a better life for themselves. During our separate interviews with the children, it was evident they were grieving, afraid and had absolutely no means of steering through the fog that lay ahead of them. Their situation was dire as they had been trying to stick together the best they could, yet most often dispersed; moving individually from home to home and living in all sorts of precarious places. In fall, the oldest boy had dropped out of school having to care for his sick mother and since her death; all of the children are no longer in school. The little girl was and still is very sick, undernourished and needs long-term medical treatment and follow-up. Her youngest brother quietly begins to sob as the burden he carries begins to spill…. how he misses his mom, how he wants to stay with his siblings, how he is worried about his sister, having to hide her illness so those