Hello dear readers,
According to a newspaper report in the Daily Express English Newspaper (May 30th 2016) up to 90% of charity cash giving goes on mailshots and very little never actually gets to the sick and needy. Actions like this by these very large charity organizations are by my personal definition an ‘utter disgrace”. One only has to read the very sad story of 92 year old Olive Cook who had been plagued by 99 different charities begging for money and prior to her suicide she had received 466 requests for money from these charities.
UNSOLICITED GIFTS OF LOVE FOR THE NEEDS OF OUR CHILDREN
I would like to assure our wonderful friends and supporters that here at Light in Africa – as confirmed in the book I wrote called A LIGHT IN AFRICA – that we never send out ‘begging letters’ – never make grant applications – in fact wenever ask our supporters to make donations to our children – full stop. We totally rely on guests visiting our seven children’s homes and seeing with their eyes the commitment of our staff to our children, how with caring for so many sick children where the majority of our funding is spent and then those guests in turn telling other people by ‘word of mouth’ of their personal experiences of either visiting or volunteering with us. So dear friends, please be assured, every single penny of donation is used for the benefit of our children. Last week alone we had seven children in hospital; this all takes money to care for these sick children.
All of our older children are home for a month's holiday from boarding school so we are ‘surging’ at the seams at Tudor Village. The good news is now that they are older and more mature I allow them to have a paintbrush and pot of paint in their hands and they start there painting experience by painting the dog pens! Then depending on their performance and there is not too much paint being misplaced then they can move onto other jobs.
Last week we were brought from the Rombo area – about 80 kilometers away - two tragic cases of child abuse. These two children were found by a nurse from ALMC, who was conducting an outreach clinic with a neurologist. She contacted Gayle Stroschein of Hope Ministries, USA, to ask for her assistance with these poor children and the pitiful condition touched her heart and she ‘moved into action’ seeking out the leaders of the village and the local Rombo social welfare department to implement an immediate transfer into Light in Africa. The case was placed before our local social welfare department who agreed that the two children could be brought to Tudor village for intensive loving care.
The story is that the mother of these two children locked them in a cattle shed for many years refusing for them to mix with other children. The mother has severe mental problems and we later later found out the father of the children was in a coma in a local hospital. The children’s sister, who is a teacher, stole the children away to bring them to the clinic to see about getting them help. The police were called in on the case and they visited the home of the mother. The girl ( I will call her Sarah ) at nine years of age walks on her hands and feet, and has no language skills at all and is the height of a 5 year old child. Her brother whom I will call Peter has no language either but as we are trying to communicate with him he has started to make ‘parrot-like’ answer. Over the last 8 days our amazing staffs have encouraged Sarah to stand by herself and are holding her hands to encourage her to walk. My prediction is that by the end of the month of June Sarah will be walking.
Allen has lived with me for fifteen years since he arrived as a new-born. His mother died in childbirth. A very bright child he has however over the years suffered from a debilitating hearing loss due to two perforated eardrums which sometimes frustrates him when speaking with other children which leads to ‘anger outbursts’. I had taken Allen to Kenya to see if a private hospital could possibly fit ‘grommets’ which would allow the infection to leak-out, but as his ears were always oozing ‘gung’ from infections they had refused to operate, and over the years his hearing was becoming a serious problem and I was considering teaching him sign-language in case of the worse scenario that he became completely deaf.
Our dear friend Gayle Stroschein once again came to our rescue by informing me that a ear surgeon was performing operations in Mwanza (698 km) and that she could possibly get Allan on her operating list. Thanks to Shafiq another dear friend at Emslies Global Travels in Moshi he was able to organize a quick flight to Mwanza for Allan and Godson. The operation went well and I believe membranes were fitted over the holes. A first for Tanzania. Praise God – Hallelujah.
May peace and love fill your life,