It was the smallest mud hut we had been in and it looked unsafe for Rachel and her special needs baby. A few months before Rachel had been happily married living in a nice house and then she had her first baby. When her husband realized the baby was not what he hoped for he accused her of having an affair. He told her that they had never had a baby like that in his family so she must have been sleeping around. The family agreed and they kicked her out. As we sat on the thin foam mattress on the floor we listened while Rachel told her story. We agreed that MAP could help but the first thing was to move her out of the house that was barely good enough for a goat. We have moved Rachel and her baby to an apartment close to Neema where other MAP moms live while they are waiting to start a business.
She has been coming to the MAP meetings, taking classes at Neema and talking with Anna, our MAP director. She thinks she can do a small vegetable business. She will need $250 to start her business.
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.