|George outside their home.|
|Clifford. His hand and knee are bandaged from the burns.|
|Frederick and me in Ngando.|
After Clifford left we headed into Ngando and
met up with Frederick, one of the mentors who works with some of the families. He took us into the village and showed us an informal school and introduced me to 3 of the 20 families Amazing Grace is currently working with. (Informal schools are schools that are not recognized by the government, but exist to get children who can't afford to be in school off of the streets and learning. Even though they are not recognized, the government will not shut them down because they do not want to deal with the children when they do not have a place to go.) The first family was a grandmother named Pauline who is taking care of her 7 grandchildren. They lived in a small rental room that is next door to an informal school called Brosis Integrated School, where brothers and sisters can learn together, hence the name. Next we went to see a family with 6 children living right next to the railroad tracks. Unfortunately the mother was not there because she was out looking for some work for the day. The last family we met was a sweet family that was displaced from their home during the post election, tribalism violence. Mama Lucy, her husband, and their 7 kids live in a tiny room. Their oldest child is in class 7 and they have one little girl who is deaf. Beatrice told me the first time she went to visit them, they hadn't eaten in 2 days so all of the kids were just laying on the bed. She said those are things you just cannot sleep on so she immediately went to get them food from her house. They seemed to be cheerful today. Only four of the kids were around, but they welcomed us warmly.
|Beatrice(middle) and me with Mama Lucy(left) and her family.|
|Looking out over Ngando.|
This is long and it is not even all that happened in the short time I visited Ngando today. Amazing Grace has great mentors in the community that are advocating for all of these families and more. They are working on getting all of the children in school and coming up with income generating projects to stabilize each family economically. Frederick discussed many of the challenges they face, but he continued to stress that they will not give up and do whatever they can to encourage and give each family hope. I am amazed by people I meet everyday here. Their strength and love for their communities is incredible. Thank you for reading, I will try not to be so long next time.