Saying Goodbye

It’s our last day ūüôĀ as hard as everyday is living in these conditions and as much as me and Kendall sit down at night and compete over who can come up with the best item we miss… the keg, wine, pizza, ginger ale, a hot shower, a shower even cold, a bath, electricity, our cars, bugless homes and the list goes on and on and on… ¬†I still am heart broken to leave all these beautiful smiling faces behind. ¬†I know we have helped a lot of kids and a lot of families in many ways over the 10 days we have spent here, I am so heavily burdened by all the faces that don’t have sponsors, that did not get a special gifts, that wrote potential sponsorship letters but did not get to write “thank you so much for sponsoring me” letters. ¬†so many kids today asked me… how about shoes for me? ¬†how about school for me? ¬†how come you didn’t come to my house? ¬†Out of almost 200 children there are 10 now sponsored. ¬†So you can imagine all the questions of why not me. ¬†And I wish I can say IT IS YOU NEXT or Yes now it’s your turn. ¬†but for now it is only the 10. ¬†I do hope that as you read my blogs on the work that Kendall and I did here, that you are moved enough to help foster from a distance one of these many kids all with sad stories. ¬†I hope to slowly started giving you their stories once I am home.

Today we finished our last final home visits of two of the sponsored kids.  The grandmother to one of the sponsored kids gave us the best thank you and we did finally get a happy dance.  This chid was sponsored by Klema and the Milton Rebirth Studio.  We also went to revisit one of the other sponsored children where we brought shoes for all the kids as he has such a big family.  Thank you to Sinead for her sponsorship for this child!

I wanted to shared one of the thank you letters that was written by one of the sponsored boys.  I swear to you my heart melted when I read his letter,  He spoke so openly about how life was over for him.  And that this sponsorship (thank you Julie) had given him a chance and he promises to now make an effort to live a happy life.  I stopped mid way through and told this child that he has the world to live for and we will make sure of it and that life may have been hard for him with all his family deaths and losses but he is here for a reason and God has a plan for him. That this sponsorship was meant for him.

There are many many many stories some will be heard and some may not.  I just know that we have played our part on this mission here in Matunda.  We ended the day by gathering up all the things that were not handed out and walked through the village to get as much handed out as we could.  The final walk of goodbye was hard for me.  I know there is so much more that can be done and I hope that one of you will take this journey with me the next time.  I have to give Francis a huge thank you as he made sure everything on our agenda was completed today.  This man is made works harder than anyone  have ever met. Pamela and Francis went out of thier way to make all this possible for us.

Kendall and I are headed to Nairobi tomorrow to do some sightseeing, goinf to Karen Blixon’s Farm featured in Out of Africa Movie, the giraffe feeding reserve and some of the kenyatta parks. We are also hoping to go through Kibera the worlds largest slum if our guide will take us. ¬†then we will either head to meru to tackle another orphange if we can make that connection or a safari through the massai mara and serenghetti. ¬†All we know is we just need a break from all this. I am so grateful to Kendall for making this journey with me and I couldn’t have asked for a better companion. ¬†She went knee deep, head on and fully committed, she helped me make great strides in where this is all going and creating a path for Rebirth the World. ¬†I know she has her own stories to share about her journey, some great and some deeply traumatizing. I know this trip over all was diffuicult and challenging. ¬†It’s a lot to take in and be a part of. ¬†She took a chunk of her vacation time from her job to basically not be on vacation but to have her heart tugged at, her emotions swing from moment to moment and to have her conscience tested as a human being in the toughest way possible. ¬†But I think, like my first visit, where all I wanted to do was run home and cry and never ever look back, I ¬†eventually did, I looked back a lot and then I came back. ¬†I am so grateful that I did. ¬†For now the next week here in Kenya Kendall is saying please nooooo more orphanges hahahah! ¬†How much sadness can you expect one person to take in a few weeks she keeps asking. ¬†My answer is how many zebras will be fun for us to see after we see our first one on safari in the Massi Mara? ¬†So where the next few days play out who knows…. we are still in Africa so anything crazy is to be expected.

All the kids together.  our front line have been sponsored. So many more to go..

All the kids together. our front line have been sponsored. So many more to go

Our sponsored kids. Clearly they are happy

Our sponsored kids.

A child thanks his sponsor for saving him.  His letter melted my heart

A child thanks his sponsor for saving him. His letter melted my heart.  This is the very reason I have dedicated my life to connecting sponsors to children

 

Our school

Our school

this child wrote a letter asking for a simple bar of soap.  So we made dreams come true

this child wrote a letter asking for a simple bar of soap. So we made dreams come true

Giving Machuma the medicine she needed. thanks to her sponsor

Giving Machuma the medicine she needed. thanks to her sponsor

handing out shoes in the village

The home of one child sponosred

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handing out random shoes in the village

Meet a few more kids that stand out on my radar. Please hear their stories and help them. ¬†$25 a month is nothing to you and I when you look at your pocket change and the miscellaneous items you don’t even know you buy. ¬†If you commit to one child your $25 saves a life, provides an education and is by far nothing even close to misused pocket change

This 8 year old lives with 8 other kids with a guardian. He is super cute and one of my favorites. Both parents have died

This 8 year old lives with 8 other kids with a guardian. He is super cute and one of my favorites. Both parents have died

 

This boy lives with his mother who is dying.  When she is gone it will only be him and his brother alone. We gave him some things

This boy lives with his mother who is dying. When she is gone it will only be him and his brother alone. We gave him some things

 

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