Friday, September 2, 2011
Kids and Poverty
Two words I wish never went together. I am so emotionally exhausted from what we've seen today as we accompanied ICM on their home visits. ICM works with the poorest of the poor. If you are wondering what that means, here are the demographics of their recipients based on a recent survey:
- they earn an average of 37 cents a day
- 15% of mothers had a child die under age 16
- 34% say they go to bed hungry every night
- 24% are illiterate
- 45% have no directly electricity
- 71% own no furniture in their homes
- 15% walk at least 100m to get water
The first home we visited was a widow with 10 children. Later we met a 29 year old mother of 7. I don't have a lot of words tonight, but I did snap a few photos.
Riding the jeepney home from ICM we stopped to pick up two new kids that are moving into Arms of Love, Willy and Raymark. They weren't around their neighborhood so we swung by the dump and found them digging for scraps. When we called them they didn't go home, collect their belongings, or say goodbye to their families. They just got in the jeepney and "came home" with only the clothes on their back. This afternoon they were like caged birds set free. They ran back and forth between the houses, ate ravenously, and climbed all over us. They hugged and did not let go. I didn't want to let go either. Here are the brothers from left to right Willy, Raymark and Marvin (he has been here a year already).
Willy and Raymark need sponsors. If God puts it on your heart to sponsor them, you can provide for their basic needs of food, clothing and housing for only $35 a month. I know many of you already sponsor children through other organizations. I can personally vouch for how well the children are taken care of here and how far they stretch the sponsors' money. The kids love their sponsors and write to them regularly. Some told me their biggest dream is to meet their sponsor. If you are interested, please leave a comment, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact www.armsoflove.org/