Vulnerable Children: Our Stories
If I look at the mass, I will never act. If I look at the one I will. ―Mother Teresa
Most of us, when honest with ourselves, will acknowledge that our lives were shaped, at some point, by someone who took the time and effort to pour something into our lives. This might have been a parent, teacher, community leader, etc. The vulnerable children we seek to help are not typically afforded this luxury.
In poverty stricken areas parents struggle daily to care for their children. Often the parents are very sick or dying due to AIDS, an injury, TB, or another disease. This tragedy creates child headed households. It is exactly what it sounds like, children trying to provide for children. There also are many young girls who are rescued from desperate situations where they are running from being married off too young, escaping FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), being rescued from child labor or child trafficking, or an abusive situation.
Just One has chosen to partner with John and Dorcus at Lenkai Christian School and Rescue Center, and Phoebe at Salem Orphanage to see these precious children cared for, loved, educated, and set on a path for a hope-filled future that will bring about a change for the next generation. We are choosing to start with the children in front of us, will you join us?
Just One is committed to partnering with teachers, education officers, parents, local leaders, and government officials who also desire to make a difference in the lives of those in need. With your help, we can see MORE than JUST ONE of these children become teachers, doctors, farmers, pilots, scientists, and future leaders.
Who made a difference in your life? Will you make an impact in Just One life?
Lucy and Teresa
These sisters were orphaned instantly when their parents were murdered during pre-election violence in 2008. Their lives would have looked very different if it wasn’t for Mama Phoebe and Salem Orphanage who took them in and cared for them. Both girls are in primary school and are very bright students. They are leaders at the orphanage and they help out in so many ways to care for the other children. They have the most beautiful smiles and enjoy playing games, singing and dancing. We can’t imagine our lives without them!
Rescued from deep neglect at 9 months old, Baby Ashley came to Salem Orphanage very sick and malnourished weighing just 10 pounds. Her short life had been full of incredible sadness and survival, not exactly what a little baby should be dealing with. She was seen by a doctor and got several antibiotics for the 3 different infections that filled her weak body. Within a few days she started responding to the medication, nutritious food, and sweet love from Mama Phoebe. She is now healthy, part of a family that absolutely adores her, and has a future that has been re-written and is filled with hope.
Jimmy and John
These precious boys’ lives were in high demand on the child trafficking market due to their skin color. They were rescued and brought to Lenkai Rescue Center where they would be safe, cared for, and educated. None of that would have been possible without John and Dorcus’s commitment to stand up and fight for those who have no voice. They have been totally accepted by the other children, been shown unconditional love, and they now know that they are important and their lives matter.