Mary #2 – Successfully Completed

When we first met Mary she was carrying a 15 year old handicap son on her back.  Mary’s husband had abandoned her sometime after the birth of her handicap child.  This is quite common in Africa as many men feel embarrassed that they have a handicap child.  She worked cleaning houses, washing clothes for people and sometimes working in the fields to have money to feed her family.  The older her son, Johnson has become has made it impossible for her to work with him on her back.  The first time we interviewed Mary she quietly cried as she told us the struggles she has had trying to work with this large child.  Thankfully Neema Village has set Mary up in a small veg stand.  She is an amazing woman and we are always touched by her beautiful smile even in the midst of extreme hardships.

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