Saturday, May 11, 2013

Quote of the Day:   “There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

We feed over 250 orphans and poor children every day.  I wish I could say we give them three good meals a day, but we don't.  We provide two cups of hot ujii--a porridge that is very nourishing and which they really like--about sixteen ounces of what they call "chakula" or food.  It is enough to keep them going if they can augment it with anything from the places where they live.  About 20 of them get beans and rice in the afternoon because they are in a special class to learn English and they are older.  Most of the 250 are under the age of six.  The ones in the English class are nine and ten years old.  It is so very little, but it is all we can do.  We must provide the cooks, the utensils, the stoves, the cups, the bowls, and the fuel for the fires (propane here for about fifty kids, charcoal for the other 200).  Still, it costs us about $300 a month to do this, and we are glad to do it.  Sometimes, it means that we can't do other things that people need, but how do you refuse to feed hungry children?  When we were first approached about helping, there were only forty kids that needed feeding.  The numbers just grew until we reached our tipping point.  I would feed a thousand kids if I had the money, but we must do what we can for those in the most immediate need.  It can break your heart, but you can only do so much--the trick is to do what you can and not worry about the rest.  God bless every one who feeds the hungry wherever they are found.
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