The people of Rwanda are amazingly resourceful. Many of the children coming to food distribution today brought containers, baskets, buckets and bits of fabric to carry home the food. Some, though, either didn’t know or more likely didn’t have a bucket or bag to bring. When that happened the ladies doing the distribution would quickly create cone like containers from scraps of paper. Seems very organic to use every piece of garbage repeatedly (which happens everywhere and all the time and is fabulous) but in this case, the cones leaked and salt would slip out. When you only get to pick up your groceries once a month you don’t want to waste any of it.
Jim H. saw a little girl struggling with a box that had holes in the side of box and she was losing beans. You could see the look on Jim’s face – I can fix that and I’m going to fix it – Thanks to Jeremy and Brenda from Tri-Tech Heating for donating the duct tape. Today it was used to tape up boxes and salt bags so the food could make it safely home. I also saw Kevin making baseballs out of duct tape and leftover clinic bed foam for the kids. I knew that duct tape had many uses but these have to be in the top ten!
The last little guy to come into the room for food was five years old. He didn’t have a container, bucket or bag. He had one large piece of flimsy fabric. We were out of the other options so the volunteers dumped his corn and beans in a big pile, put the salt in another corner and rolled the whole thing up and handed it to him.
Five years old. I lost it.
I thought, this is Rwanda for me and this kid has to have a bag. He can have my bag. I ran across the field but my bag was locked in the personal belongings room and the key was inside a very busy clinic. So i thought, we have to have a bag. Surely we have a bag. I walked through the clinic and asked one of the team, are there any bags?
I have to have a bag.
Nope, no bags.
There was however a crumpled box which I ran back across the field. Jim used the miracle duct tape and we put the boys food in the box.
And then a very lovely woman walked up and said, “I am his Mama, Thank you.” Those have to be the most beautiful words on the entire planet. This five year old has a mama. More importantly, he has a Father who sees him and has promised to all of us that He will not leave us as orphans. He is the one who owns everything, including duct tape