3.27.2012

Oh, what beauty comes from weeds

Remember how we learned growing up, that when you wish on a star or blow out your birthday candles that you shouldn't speak your wishes out loud because then they won't come true? Well, I treat many of my biggest hopes and dreams much like a wish I've made by blowing the seeds off a dandelion, a quiet prayer from my heart, words only God hears. If only one, God. If only one. Because I know the sacrifices God would make just for me. When the news channel asked to come and share what is happening in Lakhtokia I contemplated long and hard over the benefits and risks but decided, if only one. If just one person watches the story and says one prayer, does one positive act out of inspiration, or sees that loving these children is possible and necessary than it will have all been worth it.

Like a brick crushing my chest, I pain when the teenagers of the slum come to receive their meals and they are high. Sometimes causing fights, sometimes being overly physical with one of us, sometimes being too loud and drawing extra attention to the area where we set up shop. I pain so deep knowing that they started sniffing glue and petrol to suppress their hunger and like any drug they have found themselves addicted. I see the petrol soaked hankie in their hand and their eyes just can't focus to meet mine, if they did would the notice how I hurt for them? Would they see my eyes wander from theirs to the younger kids around them? I can't help but feel this weight of responsibility with the younger children, I so badly want to save them from that future. But the reality is that slum life is hard and learning to get high is easy so the odds are stacked. When I feel discouraged or lost in worry for each of their futures, I remind myself that if only one, just one of these children acts on the hope and love we have planted in them then every single effort will have been beyond worthwhile.

But you want to know what is amazing... sometimes one leads to another and even to another after that. There was a pediatrician nearby who saw the news story and wanted to help. he talked to other pediatricians, friends, officials and approached us. They are offering free medical care for every single child in Lakhtokia. Nor just a one off check up, but consistent medical care, a long term offer. Myself and a friend met with them last week, have another meeting tomorrow and will start the medical screenings from this Sunday. Lice treatment, deworming, wound care, and treatment of skin infections are the start. We talked for over an hour on where we can go from there, the thoroughness in their offered plan left me stunned. They thanked us (read: yourself included) for starting this project, for breaking down the barriers and stepping into a world that often remains untouched. For creating a footpath, a doorway, a foundation of trust in the community that can be safely built upon. Every single child will receive free medical care, I had to repeat it because it sounds so sweet. Every. Single. Child. Matters. 

The unspoken wishes, the quietest prayers, a dandelion seed delicately blown into the wind.

9 comments:

  1. I've been reading your blog for a little while, but never commented. I just wanted to say that I think what you're doing is incredible. : )

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words and for following along <3

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  2. This made me tear up. I am so happy for the children! Thank you for allowing the news in and trusting that something good would come of it. What a blessing.

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  3. Okay-I have goosebumps now after reading this! Amazing how a seed of hope and love can grow and flourish in unexpected ways. You amaze me each and every day-love you so much!

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  4. Addiction is truly a terrible thing. It's so sad when you realize how easy it would be in the same place if you were in a similar circumstance.

    I don't think any harm can ever come from spreading the word about good deeds and helping others, and am so glad those kids are going to get free health care! :) That's great!

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  5. It just fills me up whenever your work in the slums reaches a new milestone! It's so exciting reading along with your journey, and I'm glad I've been able to see it grow from the beginning. Your bravery and kindness is what has made it all happen: your niggling idea that you could spend your free time handing out a few meals to help a few children. You must be so proud of how it has blossomed!

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    1. Eleni- you always have the most encouraging things to say, I can feel your support all the way over here every time I read one of your comments. You are awesome!!

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  6. This just made me tear up. The work you're doing is beyond amazing and I am SO happy that little things are starting to work out for your kids. This story simultaneously broke my heart and made me smile at the end. Thinking of you!!

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  7. I have been following your blog for awhile now but haven't commented yet. This post brought me to tears and I had to tell you that what your doing is so wonderful. You have moved me to be more active in helping others in need and I wanted to thank you. Thank you for all you do for the children of Lakhtokia.

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