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Life Without Holidays - Kenyan Children Too Hungry To Celebrate
Empty Bellys and Hopeless Days
Life in Kenya must seem so hopeless to thousands of children. I would assume, for many, death would be a relief.
In many parts of the world, holidays are a time of celebration. Families gather for feasts. At Christmas, birthdays and other special days, gifts are exchanged and all make merry.
This is not the case in so many areas. There is a small group of orphans in Mombasa, Kenya, who would love to celebrate, but daily survival takes precedence over all else.
A birthday, Christmas and Easter are appreciated by these children as they are christians; however, there can be no looking forward to a special day of frivolity and comfort. They have most likely never tasted candy or chocolates such as are so common a pleasure on Valentine's Day.
There will be no Christmas tree, no birthday party or even a gift, no Easter basket, and no food much of the time.
When food is available, it is in the form of a watery soup mixed with cornmeal. Never is there breakfast to eat. Never is there a variety. Simply watery soup. Never meat to eat. That would indeed be a luxury. Fruit and vegetables have also become unaffordable.
There are no jobs available to even earn a few shillings. The cost of food has risen 100% in a few months.
The overseer of these Kenyan orphans can make $100 feed some 30+ people for an entire week. It's possible because it's necessary.
As we enjoy a life full of holidays during the year, remember this group who continue to be too hungry to celebrate.
For more information on this group of people, go to facebook.com/pages and search Josphat Gitonga and the Rahab Centre for Orphaned Children. Get to know them by reading of their struggles in portions of daily letters.
"Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked." Psalm 82:3-4