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ANN'S STORY


"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
                                                                                                              Matthew 19:14 NIV



This is Ann, a 3-1/2-year-old little girl. She and her 9-year-old brother, Tangaa, have no idea who their father is and their mother left them alone while she ran the streets, was arrested and went to jail for several years. When she was released, she dropped the kids off with their 74-year-old grandmother, Shosho, who is a legally blind diabetic. The three of them live day-to-day not knowing where their next meal will come from or even if it will come at all. Many times, they have gone days without eating anything. They have no clean water to drink and depend upon the kindness of others to come along and bring them something to eat and/or drink. Oftentimes, this doesn't happen.

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Ann in her traditional wrap

This is all she has to keep her warm; however, the wrap is made of very thin material.

The floors in her home have remained unfinished for years

(...have been for longer than she's been living)

Ann spends most of her time at home alone

Shosho has to go out and try to find food.



HELP EDUCATE THEM!!


Those who can afford it, send their children to school. Most go to boarding school. Others go to public schools. Either way, they have to pay. Schools here are NOT free! What's more -  there is no such thing as a late fee or late payment. Here, they have one simple rule -  If your school fees are due today and you don't pay today, your child goes home today. Period!


Tangaa has missed quite a bit of school because he has no one to pay his school fees. Ann is due to start school this coming school year, but  it is not likely she will be able to go due to the lack of school fees.


Sadly, Shosho cannot homeschool either one of the children because Shosho, herself, is also uneducated. Shosho cannot even read. She has never even been to school at all.



HELP MAKE THEIR FUTURE A POSSIBILITY!!



Sometimes, Tangaa will stay home with his sister all day while Shosho goes to fetch water and/or find food. Other times, he will leave the compound early in the morning and just wander the village until dark, eating whenever, wherever and whatever he can. This way, Shosho will only have to find food for herself and Ann. Shosho, then, will have to either leave Ann home alone or take the child with her, the latter of which is very difficult for Shosho in her fragile state. The journey to fetch water is much too long for little Ann.


Shosho teaches Tangaa many responsibilities and is grooming him to be a very hard worker.  She is grooming Ann into a very respectable young lady. However, Shosho is now in her mid-70's with failing health. She is unable to pay for her medicine and has been hospitalized several times in this year alone. Without our help, these children may be left alone to fend for themselves.


The children are very obedient and NEVER complain or talk back to Shosho or anyone else. They are very humble, very respectful...and very poor.  Yet, they are ALWAYS very grateful for every little bit they get.


Without our help, it is a great possibility that these children may never even see their teenage years. Reaching adulthood is seemingly an impossibility. They live day-by-day as they know that they may not have any type of future at all.


With our help, these children may grow up and live to see grandchildren of their own.



ONE IS A LONELY NUMBER!


Here, Ann plays with an old milk bag. She has no toys...no dolls, no tricycle, no video games, etc. As a matter of fact, this little girl spends the majority of her time alone. However, this is the least of her worries.


Like most of the villagers, the home Ann lives in has no running water, no electricity, and no indoor plumbing. The barrel she is sitting next to is used to store water - for drinking, cooking, bathing, and cleaning. After using the outhouse, they draw from that same supply of water to flush the waste down into the hole dug in the ground beneath their makeshift toilet.