Can you see the marks? The marks of students who have struggled at this desk, persevered despite their circumstances.
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My name is Radhika. My father abandoned me when I was a year old. My mother got married a second time and since then she has never bothered about me at all. My second dad won’t accept another man’s child as his child. All this upsets me very much.
Children at the Nyarkrom Presby Child Development Centre in Ghana are taught the power of prayer – how to pray and the importance of relying on prayer at all times.
Leaders at the center did not realise just how deeply the children were being impacted by that instruction, however, until one of the girls prayed her twin sister back to consciousness.
I missed my graduation from university.
I was working in another country and didn’t have the opportunity to get back. It would have been good to be there, but it just wasn’t possible.
On Tuesday, I had the privilege of watching the graduation of the Leadership Development Programme students in Rwanda. Now this is not the first graduation I have watched online. I had the opportunity to watch my brother walk across the stage and collect his Master’s in Manchester while I was in London. But this graduation was different.
This graduation signalled a new hope for a country. A country once ravaged with civil war and genocide that is still suffering the effects today.
This is the first graduation of Compassion-assisted students in Rwanda, a wonderful milestone. The first 32 graduates of many, that are striving to change their families, communities and country. People who have gained the leadership skills and experience to put into practice the plans that God has for them and their country.
With this hope comes a great sense of responsibility. With the opportunities and skills they have been given, the new graduates are now responsible for being the people that God intends them to be.
And that means we need to continue to be praying for them.
Coming from highly impoverished backgrounds, and graduating from university means that this is only the beginning for these graduates. They have been prepared for their future roles, and we are excited to see what God has in store for them.
In one photograph, there are so many potential country and world changers.
Merly Anai’s two-room plywood home with a missing door is at the top of a steep hill.
As I walk inside the small house, the uneven dirt floor makes my steps uncertain as I greet Merly Anai, who stares at me with wide eyes, probably wondering who is this stranger, and what does she wants here.
With the project director’s help I try to break the ice, talking softly and making some jokes to her that make Jeremy, her two year old brother, laugh.
I find some candies in my pocket and give a few to Merly Anai who, in turn, whispers a soft thank you and makes a shy smile. I feel guilty for having forgotten that it is already lunchtime down at the project. I realise I am spoiling Merly Anai’s lunch, a very important meal that she never misses at the project because it is well balanced, healthy and tasty.
When the project is closed, Merly Anai and her four other brothers and sisters have no choice but to eat at the community soup kitchen, though it’s unappetizing and not very healthy.
Her family does not have all the necessary home appliances to cook. They came to Lima City only three years ago, from Celendin, leaving their house and farmland behind.
“In Lima there are opportunities to study and find a job, while at the farm you continue being an illiterate all your life”, says Tomasa, Marly Anai’s mother.
Life in distant rural areas is usually difficult because people lack almost everything, including hospitals, roads, schools and job opportunities.
“Nobody used to think about the future. We just used to live day by day with whatever comes”.
Tomasa is glad her children are encouraged to dream about the future, and the project will help them prepare for it as they grow older.
When asked about her daughter Merly Anai, Tomasa says, “She likes school, to sing at home, she is very loving and quite attached to me, but is a shy girl.”
Merly Anai attends the Compassion project three days per week, where she learns social skills by interacting with other children of the same age. She also attends Sunday school regularly, where she learns the stories about Jesus and eats a snack before going back home.
There is no doubt that the teachings and the good influence Merly Anai is receiving at the Compassion programme now are a key to succeeding later in life and defeating poverty.
By Adele Marie Berg, PE Field Communications Specialist