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Beans, Salt and Hope

Thank you to anyone who has ever sponsored one of our kids in the feeding program. $12 a month feeds a child for a month. If you want to sponsor a child, you still can! The feeding program will be winding down as the land purchased last winter begins rolling out crops but in the mean time, there is still a need.

Today we participated in the distribution of the food. The children line up outside the door and one of the volunteers checks her book to see if they are on the list for food. Pastor Simon says there is never enough for everyone who needs help but that they start with the most vulnerable and work their way up until they run out of funds for food. The kids do know ahead of time if they will be receiving a packet for the month. Yup, the food goes out once a month so the kids have to make it stretch. Also, the kids typically have younger (or older) siblings and/or a parent so the packet stretches to help feed many.

Today, the kids got 3 kilos of corn, 3 kilos of beans, 1/2 kilo of dried fish, 1 kilo of salt and half a liter of vegetable oil which is delivered in old water bottles. We helped measure and hand out the food today.

It was overwhelming. The kids say “thank you” and I want to say “Nope, Thank you for letting us have the privilege of being here.”

Thank you for letting us take a picture, it feels almost wrong but I want to show others these scenes so that we can continue to raise support and spread the message of hope that is Ndegenera Foundation. Thank you for looking me in the eye and smiling when we say “Yesu Aragukunda” (Jesus loves you). Thank you to the little girl who said it to me. Thank you to the young man who walked in shoulders squared and shook every one of our hands. He is part of the reason I believe this program can help these kids.

The poverty of things is not the real problem. The poverty of spirit, of shame and of despair is the real problem and that kid had hope, confidence and courage. He has a hope and future. He has plans from the One who holds us all in His hands. Jeremiah 29:11

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