“Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.” David Platt in Radical
This orphanage holds a special place in my heart and it pretty much changed my family’s lives…. it has everything to do with the quote above. I blogged here the first time my Dad and I visited the home in December and I’ll get to share soon how my sponsored child will eventually become my real-life brother. Then, you may remember in February my younger sister left a life of culinary school in Napa Valley to become the orphanage house mom.
Continued on from yesterday’s post, TJ left like we planned when our trip was supposed to end, but we decided that I needed to stay to get some adoption things done. I ended up staying at the orphanage for a week and a half with my sister!
It was good to see all of these faces again. That’s the thing- in African orphanages, at least the ones I’ve been to, the kids are so happy and loving despite not being in a typical family setting. There really is something special about them.
Part of my sister’s work, through a non-profit called Feeding The Orphans, is to deliver food sponsorships to families around Ghana. I was able to travel with her for this month’s trip. If you’ve ever traveled around Africa, you might know that what would be a simple half hour trip here, could take triple the time in Africa. The traffic and the unpaved, pot hole-filled dirt roads can add so much time.
We actually got stuck behind a funeral procession in the middle of the street, complete with a marching band.
You learn to expect the unexpected.
Life in Ghana is so different than our lives here. Only staying there for a week I experienced regular power outages, no running water, goats and roosters as an alarm clock in the morning and doing laundry in buckets. It definitely is a harder life than what I’m used to, but I can sure tell you each time I go to Ghana it is more rewarding than the last. I can imagine that is the way it is for my sister living there- and those kids are so worth it.
I’m going to take the time to plug sponsorships again. All of these girls are able to go to regular school because they are sponsored. Many children in Ghana are not able to attend school because their families can’t afford it. I can’t stress enough the importance of sponsoring children in developing countries. If you do decide to sponsor a child, there are many names and faces here, some of whom live in this orphanage. You may think you can’t afford it, but I want to share these quotes I came across the other day from an awesome article by Ann Voskamp.
It’s not just the rich who get to give – it’s all those who give who get to be rich.
You don’t wait until you have more before you give to God – you give now so you get to become more in God.
It’s not having much that makes you rich — it’s the giving much that makes you rich. Give and you are the rich.