The first time I was at privately owned Hope Orphanage was on my 16th birthday, two years ago (I'll be 16 again in a few weeks) *winks* I went with a few friends and did we have a good time? I couldn't believe a mother could abandon her baby. Well, not all were abandoned. One's mom was in University and needed help with the baby. Another's mom had mental difficulties taking care of him. The father also having financial constraints thought it wise to leave the baby there for some time while he got his footing. They have different tragic stories with a uniting factor, they need our love. Something else common to them is that they are so cute!! I was tempted to steal a baby boy who also wanted to leave with us. He kept crying to be held.
I was at another orphanage recently. I was disappointed that, even though I had been there in our junior secondary school days, I couldn't immediately pinpoint it's location. We should know every orphanage in our neighbourhood well from frequent visitations. I saw a less than one month old baby. SAD!! The kids here may be well fed but they lacked social and communication skills, parental discipline and have a serious life threatening level of "ojukokoro". If they were with their parents, they won't be "beggy beggy" children. Oh and they demand with arrogance not beg. I wish our society was more open to adopting kids.
There are several ways we can help
(i) Adopt a child
(ii) Sponsor a child
(iii) Give to them. Nothing is too small.
(iv) Show love to the kids. Even if you don't have money, you can visit
(v) Celebrate owners and workers at such homes. They indeed are wealthier than the rich people we celebrate. Read are you wealthy or rich to understand better.
(v) Most importantly pray for the kids, owners of (and workers at) the homes.
UPDATE: IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN GIVING TO THESE LESS PRIVILEGED BUT BLESSED KIDS. KINDLY GET IN TOUCH WITH ME ASAP. THERE IS A PROPOSED VISIT FOR THE SECOND WEEKEND IN AUGUST. REMEMBER IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE, ESPECIALLY TO PEOPLE THAT CAN'T REPAY US. STORE YOUR TREASURES IN HEAVEN, WHERE MOTHS AND RUST CAN NOT DESTROY, AND THIEVES CAN NOT BREAK IN AND DESTROY MATTHEW 6:20. BLESS YOUR HEARTS.
Your life isn't meant to be spent on self-indulgence and career advancement alone. It's by God's mercy we didn't grow up in orphanages. It's by God's mercy our kids won't grow up in orphanages. I hope you're as excited as I am to join the team. Thank you for reading.