Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Where is God? In Kibera.

From Judy:

(Don't miss the video at the end of this post!)

There's still so much to tell you about our trip to Kenya and Uganda. We visited all seven grantees in East Africa, and saw wonderful results of our funding. Lives are being transformed. We'll tell you about all of them as soon as we can.

But there's so much we need to tell you about Little Rock Scholars! John's last post was a moving slideshow about the dismal world of Kibera, which these children come from. All of us - yes, even John - tear up when we watch "A Walk to Vincent's House."

When Lilly said, "God is in that place," Helen was shocked. "What do you mean?" she asked. Lilly answered, "Because these kids are alive, they come to school, they have hopes and dreams and want to succeed."

Thanks to you, the first 6 Little Rock Scholars are thriving. Not only are their minds being stretched, but they are getting 3 meals a day and sleeping in beds for the first time in their lives.

Next year's candidates will sit for their secondary school entrance exam soon. We met them at Little Rock and asked them about their hopes and dreams. Talking into a mike and being videotaped is hard - I can't do it at all. And they were really nervous. (See how their friends are huddled close to support them?) But people rarely ask them about their lives, and every one of them wanted to share their story with you. Because life in Kibera is really hard.

These kids are some of the bravest people I've ever met. And it is an honor for us to share their voices with you. So we'll be introducing you to all of them over the next several weeks.

Thank heavens, the videographers were professional. Please forgive the amateur job (mine) of editing. I've added subtitles, which should help until your ears are tuned to the beautiful Kenyan English accent.

Now meet Emily Atieno - the epitome of bravery!

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