Pure and lasting Christian love in the sight of God means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles...James 1:27a
Continuing my post on the plight of children all over the world in general, and in Kenya in particular, at this time, firstly I'd like to thank the faithful readers who visited Penny's (Joyful) post and responded with help. Thank you and THANK GOD for people like you.
Since coming to Kenya, I have seen the many children wandering around the district roads, unsupervised. Grey with dust, the girls in faded shift dresses and the boys in tatty shorts and grubby shirts. Often these little ones are as young as our youngest little girl, Bethany (drinking the bottle in above family photo) who will be two at the end of this month. Where do these local children live? Where do they come from? Where are they going?
During the last week, however the case of little Kigen has really touched my heart. I 've been in texting contact with Penny's friend and volunteer on the mercy mission, Jonah who is at the hospital in El Doret with Kigen. Do please read Penny's latest update on the mission. This is a heartening post about the care and love Kigen is receiving in El Doret hospital (no queueing, which was a Godsend, to say the least) and the courage of this small boy.
I wracked my brain on how I, apart from praying specifically for this child, could help. I tried to get my bank in South Africa to send a donation to the account which Penny is using for the purpose of helping this child and his parents while in hospital. My bank manager is out of office and replied he'd be able to help me later this week. So I went back to Penny's blog and saw that I could send funds via PayPal. Viola! It's secure, quick and hassle-free.
Penny also explains the need for the funds and how your donation will be appropriated correctly. If God has moved you to help Kigen, through Penny, here in Kenya in any small way, I pray His richest blessing and peace over you.
While this mercy mission is happening 92kms away (up a steep mountain gravel road) in El Doret, this morning Sue and I went to the fruit and vegetable market in the village. On the way we passed a man walking along the road carrying a little girl. HIn fact, he was stumbling along more than walking. The child's head lolled on the man's shoulder so Sue told our driver to stop. She asked the man if he was going to the company clinic and where he'd come from. He said he came from a village up the mountain on the way to El Doret. He had walked about twenty kilometers while carrying this child who was very ill. There used to be a clinic up in his village but it had been mismanaged over time and now stands empty. The only clinic in the entire Kimwarer, Keirio valley is the one run by the mining company. The local people pour in to use it. We loaded the man and child up and drove him the remaining four kilometers to the clinic where he will receive excellent treatment for his child. Sue tells me that management has set aside funds this year to upgrade and enlarge the mine clinic to include a small hospital facility.
Last month I took this photo of Kimwarer Keirio Valley from the mountain pass between the mine and El Doret. The father and child came from a village much higher up - far behind me as I stood on this ridge - and walked all the way down to the mine which is visible in the middle left of the photo. I have done this return trip on two occasions since being in the valley. To go shopping. A joy ride in an airconditioned four-wheel vehicle. It takes so long by car, I've been exhausted after each journey. Imagine WALKING most of this gravel road while carrying a child. Imagine. My stomach muscles contract just thinking about it...
BTW, I add our own grandchildren's photos to these posts about children because EVERY child needs love, care, nuturing, protection and succour. More so those without a conventional roof over their heads and decent food and protection.
Thanks for everyone who has made so many lovely comments on my blog over the past week. For our wedding anniversary, about the day I spent with the cat, (sad? Naaah, I loved it - so did Ginger!), on my post about our children who have their grandmother to stay and also about this sad case of a Kenyan child in need of urgent medical attention.
Bless you all!