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A Picture of Joy

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Nairobi. While I was there, I spent time with a friend and learning about the work the organization she works for (more on that later), is accomplishing in the Mathare slum. Muthare is one of the oldest slums in Africa and reputed to be home to almost one million people (all though most sources cite a much more conservative estimation). During my walk through the slum, like most visitors to the slum, I was definitely appalled by the density and the amount of sewage and waste flowing into the slum’s water supply. Who wouldn’t be?
I was most struck however, by the smiles I saw on all the children’s faces. Despite the extreme poverty they were living in, these children still able to find a reason to smile. We could all use a lesson on how to be happy not matter what life brings us from them. So, find a reason to smile today. If they can smile, so can you.

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Kenya’s Unofficial National Anthem

Translation:

Unity is our pride, brotherhood our strength,
Hate and tribalism, we do not want at all,
We have to unite, to build our country,
Let there be no-one, who will pull us apart.

(chorus)
I live, I hope, I sacrifice forever for Kenya,
Surely as the flag is my fortress,
Black is for the people,red is for the blood,
Green is for the land, white is for the peace,
Forever i am Kenyan, a patriotic citizen.

In pain and suffering, in cries and agony,
Our freedom was grabbed for us by the heroes of old,
They were not deterred by the bullets, or even the the imprisonments,
Their aim was redemption, breaking the colonial shackles.

(…chorus)

Now our obligation and responsibility, is to live in love,
From the lake to the sea, from the North to the South.

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Freely in Hope


“Restoring justice, dignity, and hope by liberating women and families from the bondage of poverty.”

In the brutal slums of Kenya, hardship is a common household condition. Many homes are forced to live in the slums because they can not afford elsewhere. Many of the households are led by hard-working single women; while taking care of their families, they also have day jobs that bring in little to no money. With less than 1.50 a day, which barely feeds one mouth, they strive to work hard to keep their families alive. As result of this poverty, poor sanitation, sub-par education, hunger, and sexual abuse are key traits to be found in these area.

However, these areas do not have to suffer forever. With the help of Freely in Hope, many women are given opportunities in education and entrepreneurship. These opportunities and accomplishments allow the women to “regain a sense of dignity and in turn, invest resources into her family in hopes of breaking out of the cycle of poverty.”

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Dream Children’s Home

Mrs. Rachel Gichia is truly a hero. A few days ago we posted a link to a BBC article entitled, “Why I care for 54 children.” If you read the article, you know that there wasn’t much information given other than the fact that this amazing woman is taking care of 54 orphans. So informative…The internet is a wonderful thing though, because just a few minutes of research reveals the Dream Children’s Home website, which provides more detailed information about the Gichias and the orphanage they run.

As it turns out, Gichia has had a desire to care for orphans since she was a little girl being raised in a slum by a single parent. Growing up she “witnessed how children were suffering after being abandoned by their parents due to liquor drinking or poverty and orphans who were left destitute after the death of their parents.” So when she learned about a recently orphaned four-year-old girl Continue reading

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“Why I care for 54 Children”

Read the full story at the BBC website.

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