CHILD HEADED HOUSEHOLD
This week we opened a new bush feeding center in Kwe Kwe, a village that is 45 minutes away on a rough dirt road. (Distance is order prescription drugs online 18 miles or 30 Km).
In this 8 village area our project manager, along with Social Services, discovered 300 orphans and widows living with basically nothing to eat.
Most of these kids have an ancient grandmother or an aunt caring for them.
But we came across a family of 7 kids who are living the phrase “caring for one another as Jesus would care for us”.
Having lost their ENTIRE family, these 7 kids didn’t wait around for someone else to provide for them.
They decided to do what had to be done to keep the family alive.
Farming a field and caring for one another, we found the 3 older kids (brother 19, and 2 sisters 14 & 15), caring for the 4 younger children (3 boys and a girl).
They are happy in their village as they have many friends their and refused to move to Balama to live with us.
Social Services decided that if we could give them a helping hand with food and their basic needs, that they could stay in their village.
Our project manager and I will be visiting them again this week to help meet their basic needs for clothing, bedding, and kitchen items.
We will also help them get enrolled into school when the new term starts in January.
CHILD HEADED HOUSEHOLDS have become the norm in many African countries where entire families have been wiped out from disease.
With orphan numbers growing in Mozambique, many teenagers may soon find themselves in this same situation.
At Orphans Unlimited, it is our desire to give families of children a chance at a future without taking them out of their culture or away from their friends.
Thanks to YOUR LOVE GIFTS, these kids can have proper food, and a helping hand when they need it.
They will soon understand that there is someone much more powerful than any man, who loves and cares for them.
ERIC (our children call him Mpakhira, the one who hauls) DRIVING BACK TO BALAMA
Eric left South Africa on Sept. 19th driving one of our Land Cruisers and pulling a full loaded trailer with a year’s supply of things we cannot get in Mozambique.
He should be in Balama next weekend, as it takes 6 days to drive the approximate 1000 miles (1,666 Km) from Johannesburg to our mission station.
This truck and trailer carries the fortified HYPO PAP, essential for our malnourished babies, as well as medical supplies and vitamins for the kids in our program, and much, much more.
The health of our orphans depends on these supplies each year.
Eric has worked hard to get all the shopping done before his Oct. 8th knee replacement, so that the kids won’t have to suffer while he is recuperating for the next 4 months.
We PRAISE THE LORD for all of you who have given so generously to help with his knee replacement!!!
We are very close to having the needed amount in the bank!
“HELPS” TEAM ON THE WAY!!!
Working 14 hours a day, 5 to 6 days each week, has been rough on this Bush Bunny, but God has provided 3 Americans with airline tickets so they could help out in Oct. and November.
All 3 of these people are experienced short term “helps” missionaries, and I greatly look forward to meeting them upon their arrival on Oct. 6th.
GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND HELPING HANDS THAT KEEP THIS PROGRAM GOING FOR OVER 1,500 ORPHANS!
LOVE AND HUGS, BUSH BUNNY BRENDA
CHILD HEADED HOUSEHOLD