Meet- Allan, Angella and Deo

This week we wanted to put the profiles of 3 of the remaining children (there are about 20) from the Ogoloi carepoint up on the blog to see if we could find someone willing to help out by providing a sponsorship for them. My family is committed to ensuring that all of these kids are sponsored before we return to Ogoloi in December.

It is hard to express to people back in the U.S. that these children are not just statistics, but real life kids, who have so many needs – both physical and emotional. And SOMEONE has to be willing to step in and do something about it….we cant just pass the buck on this one. I did for 30 years. But I wont anymore.

I have had the luxury of meeting these kids….but now carry the burden of caring for them too.
I’m asking you to help carry that burden by spreading the word of what we are up to and stepping out of your comfort zone to ask those around you to consider helping out. Just consider for one second what it would be like if these were your kids. This video expresses it better than I can.

By the time we leave for Ogoloi, we will have 225 or so more children to find sponsors for at our new carepoint in Bukedea (just 2 hours down the pot holed road from Ogoloi). Until then, please consider helping out by helping us find sponsors for these 3 kids in Ogoloi.

Your $34 monthly sponsorship provides these children access to

  • A daily meal at the care point…..We quote statistics about the number of people in the U.S. who are exposed to some sort of hunger each year, but for many in Uganda actual starvation (dying from lack of food) is a daily reality. As an orphan in the Ugandan culture, it is likely that the family you are living with barely has enough to take care of themselves, and you go without a meal many days. The daily carepoint meal is for many kids the only real meal they eat every day. 
  • Access to primary and secondary schooling and school supplies...only 25% of the Ugandan population attends any form of secondary school. As an orphan, the chance of attending school is almost zero. Education is truly the best hope that these kids have for a future and your $34 gift ensures that our Ogoloi kids can attend a local primary and secondary school with the necessary uniforms and supplies (if they don’t have uniforms they are turned away from many schools). For us school is an assumption or even an annoyance. For Ugandan orphans and needy children, it is a dream and a far off hope. But one we can provide. 
  • Access to basic medical care and assistance…in a region where literally hundreds of thousands die each year from lack of absolute basic medical needs, the ability to ensure that these kids have access to something as trivial as malaria medicine (they contract malaria quite frequently) can be the difference between life and death. Orphans in the Ogoloi carepoint are provided basic medical assistance and a medical reserve is kept to help any kids that require urgent help. 
  • Carepoint access….In addition to the above, the kids are able to gather daily at the carepoints to be encouraged, learn, and interact with the local caretakers and disciplers on staff at the carepoint. For many, this is the most love they receive – anywhere. The carepoints provide occasional medical check ups, clothing and other basic needs as they arise for the kids as well. 
Please Help us find Sponsors for these Kids
These 3 kids are as yet un-sponsored, but are currently still receiving the basic provisions through Children’s Hope Chest at the care point in Ogoloi. I met most all of these kids in June (though briefly), and will be going back to see them in December. I am committed to doing so knowing that they are sponsored. 

Meet:     Allan Abeku (Male)
Age:      11
Currently in Third Grade
Allan has one parent still living (single Orphan). This oftentimes means that Allan’s remaining parent is his Mom who seldom can find work, or if it is his Dad, then no one is home to prepare meals or parent the kids. Often the kids go home to a grandma if one is still alive. 

Meet:      Angella Apio (Female)
Age:        12
Currently in Fifth Grade
Angella is documented through Hope Chest as a “Vulnerable” child. This means that her family is in a situation where they either cannot currently support her, or one or both of the parents may be infected with HIV or AIDS leaving Angella to fend for herself. I dont know her circumstances personally – yet. We will be working to document all of these details in December. 

Meet:      Deo Abunyang (Male)
Age:        8
Currently in Second Grade
Deo is also documented as “Vulnerable”. Family circumstances for kids in this region often leave kids with parents still alive, but either out of the picture or unable to support their children from the subsistence lifestyle many in Ogoloi live. 
Again, I cannot overstate the joy and gratitude these kids have for your support. The only way for you truly appreciate how much your $34 actually means is for you to join us on a trip to Uganda (we go every 6 months) and see it for yourself. 
How to Help
If you are in a position to sponsor a child, but have not yet….please consider one of these guys. If you aren’t sure if you can afford it – read this post about my 5 year old boys labor to be able to sponsor his own child and perhaps you will see how it might be possible. 
If you aren’t able to take on a sponsorship…do you know of someone who could? Would you consider emailing this blog to them and asking them to consider it? 
Or perhaps your small group or bible study or network group could manage to share a sponsorship? 
Regardless of how you choose to act….Please Act!
We must understand that this issue doesn’t go away just because we persist in looking away.
Today 29,000 children died around the world from hunger related causes. 
Tomorrow, 29,000 children will die again.
I know…its just a number right? 
Well its not to me….
I met them. 
To learn more about Children’s Hope Chest CLICK HERE
To learn more about the sponsorship process CLICK HERE
Or contact Jen or I anytime and we will gladly fill you in on all the details. 

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’   “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’   “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Matthew 25:31-46 

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