From Greg, our Project HOPEFUL Awassa Director:
I’m always amazed at the stories we hear from families in the FIG sponsorship program.
One of the things we’ve heard several times which you can never be fully prepared for is “NOW I AM HUMAN.”
One story that stays with me is from a mother that said her life before was so difficult and she was so low that no one saw her or even regarded her as human.
She had no food, no home, NO HOPE. Each day she would do what she could to find food for her children and would end the day under a makeshift shelter she would make from enset leaves. The only thing between her family and the weather and hyenas was a shelter of leaves.
After one of her children was added to the FIG Sponsorship program things began to turn around. Today she has found HOPE! She has a home to live in with her family, her children are in school, her family has food and now she says “I AM HUMAN”!
We hear from caretakers (who could be a Mom, Dad, Uncle, Aunt, grandparent, older sibling or even neighbors) proudly say things like:
– now they are in school and learning
– now I have food for my children
– now we have animals
– now we have a home
and so on.
We seldom hear requests for anything from the families but when we do it is almost always from families not yet connected with a sponsor.
They ask “when will I have a sponsor, when will I get letters and photos like the others?” They understand that the FIG program is more than a sponsorship program – it’s a Family In the Gap for them! While the funds […]