There is so much more behind these smiles then you can even begin to imagine... As I was driving through the beautiful country side of Kenya today heading to our outreach program, it dawned on me that a lot of my friends kids are starting school back home this week. This is an exciting time of buying new school supplies from a list teachers provide. Time escapes you here and it feels like you are on an emotional roller coaster ride. Each day we are exposed to so much poverty here and want to do so much but don't even know where to begin. Now imagine your child walking barefoot, or with ripped shoes, to school everyday through piles of garbage and alone, with sewage running down the sides of the "streets". The water they are drinking is "filtered" from a lake or river that is contaminated with animal feces. When they get to school they are lucky if they have a teacher that day because there is no money to pay them, and if they do have a teacher it's donated time out of the goodness of their hearts. The students fight over a pencil that is a couple inches long or share an eraser with other classmates or find a pen on the dirty street because they have so little, or nothing at all. They go to gym and their soccer ball rolls into a pile of garbage, they collect it, and then they eat their lunch with no means to wash there hands properly.
By writing this post, I want everyone back home not to feel sad, but feel grateful for how blessed our country is, how safe it is for our children. I hope everyone can imagine that behind how amazing this experience is, it breaks our hearts every. single. day. Please don't say to focus on the good because I do and these smiling faces and all the love make it all worth it, but until you see it with your own two eyes it's impossible to even begin to imagine. #perspective #povertyawareness