After my second service trip with Kusewera.org I decided that non-profit work was to remain in my life forever. Everyone wants to be loved. I am blessed to have been showered with love my whole life- so why wouldn't I dedicate my extra time and funds to those lacking love & opportunity!? Culture exchange, human exchange is such a joy to me.
My time in Malawi (one of the worlds poorest countries), Zambia & South Africa shocked my mind, leaving me discouraged and feeling smaller than a fly. How could I even scratch the surface of this awful, imbalanced situation?? Fun, loving, creative, TOUGH humans simply born into a struggle beyond your dreams.
I turned a corner this fall after meeting and witnessing honest heroes in the Phillipines. I met Chris, a boy my age, who was 1 of 3 men to drive 26 arduous hours through the rainforest after an ENORMOUS super typhoon hit Tacloban last November...only to find that they were the FIRST respondants to the most deadly disaster in Phillipines history. Can you even imagine? Chris, two men.. one generator...one water filter vs. 220,000 struggling humans. Chris toughed it out with little sleep for weeks. He says he'll never forget the stench, or the piles of bodies roadside. Champ.
Hows about Miles the tiny, energetic travel agent by day, who found 14 street kids living on her roof one evening. She made them dinner and they prayed together, never considering the thought of shoo-ing them off. The next day Miles came home to her 14 +a few new faces..they ate! they prayed. Within months, street kids gathered and multiplied at Miles' come sundown. This selfless woman, to this day, returns home after work to 70 bright, patient faces, provides dinner and bible study for their young hearts & souls. WOW. This woman is an angel.
Oh oh, and Josie, this honest, loving, 27, yes! 27 year old American girl who naturally observed the (home) abuse haunting her favorite crew of street kids. She battled her own mind, questioned her strength...and ultimately decided she was capable of saving these young lives from the verbal, sexual, and physical abuse they were enduring everyday. One by one, Josie marched into the shacks and tiny homes of each child, looked their parents dead in the eyes and offered her safe haven as a new chapter for their children. 95% of the parents had no problem signing their girls over. Josie is now legal guardian to 35 young ladies, 12-20 years old. Surely she's cleared more hurdles than I ever have. I asked her the toughest hurdle of all? "Getting through (the girls) nightmares." Yikes. Bless this young womans heart.
These were a handful of several situations I encountered in the Phillipines which inspired me todo MORE. I am capable. I am enough. I am.... Almost 23 years old! YES! Help me change this world, even if it's not on a grand scale. All funds raised will better another human life, and ultimately act as growing ripples in my cause.
We are all capable of living out miracles. Open up your mind! Dream big. Make it a reality.
MY ULTIMATE WISH: that you and yours join Kusewera on a service trip. It will only make you better.
Peace & Love!
Info on Miles: http://journeyforhopeph.wix.com/journey-for-hope
Josies Angels: http://www.kidsim.org/#!jaz-home/c138v