|Young friends from the rowdy neighborhood, Sao Tome & Principe|
In this tiny country on Africa's west side, the basics of being fed are mostly met, though the effort to do so is pretty demanding. Balanced nutrition is still needed. So are schools, clean water, health care, and more.
The great burden is borne by moms and dads, as you might imagine. Too many are illiterate and unskilled, and the local economy offers little opportunity. Their great desire is to care for their children and to give them a chance at a better life.
Walking several miles for water, local folks struggle
just to survive in Kenya. I took this picture last year;
rains have failed again, and the need is greater yet.
Despite the distress of today, folks everywhere receive us graciously. They're glad for friends who will labor with them through the hard times. Just knowing them returns more than can be described.
Want to be a hero for a day? You can, you know. :) Or a month. Or more.
Abdul and Samuel (by the car) sort through things for the
school kids. (Photo from last year's visit to Guruguru)
I'm on your side
When times get rough
And friends just can't be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.
(Often, music says things a little better than a narrator could; this particular song from the past points at a deeper good than perhaps we realized when we first heard it.)