Today was our day to head South. There is a VERY rural, country village that has stuck out in my mind since my very first visit last July. There is an orphanage I visit out there, but the kids outside the orphanage have caught my attention more than anything. They are so poverty stricken that they had no clothes or shoes and the children ranging from around age 6 and up carry babies around on their backs. BUT, their smiles will melt your hearts. I made a promise to myself last time I was there that I would come back and help that community somehow.
So off we headed south for the day.
When we arrived I immediately spotted one of my favorite little girls. There are at least three sisters that look alike. One of them is with me on the header picture of my blog. They are simply precious. The children in this community barely have clothes that fit or don't have holes in them. Most babies are naked. None of them have shoes on.
We finished passing out everything we had and quickly realized it wasn't enough. The people kept coming and waiting. There are several of us on our team that were so saddened and moved by this community of beautiful people that we have decided to start the beginning stages of a sponsorship program for them when I return to the States. I don't believe any of these children go to school or have a chance in the world if someone doesn't step up to help. I can't see all of this need knowing that a lot of you would step up to help, and not do something. Soooo, I'm excited to see it all come together when we return. We will be sending out folks to go into the community make contacts, find a school we can send them to, find a way to put in a well, etc, etc. I am very excited at even the thought of helping these sweet children in that capacity. It will be a place that those of you who sponsor, can come visit on our OH team trips and meet your sponsored child. This is all brand new but it is definitely needed and in the works when I get home. If you would like to sponsor a child from this community, feel free to go ahead and email me at Kelly@OrdinaryHero.org and we will add your name to a list and contact you when I return with the updates of how all the preliminary set up is going and then match you with a child once we get it all set up. I'm super excited!!
It was another amazing, life changing, eye opening day in Ethiopia. More to come tomorrow as we head to Korah and pass out some crazy amount of sheep :)