I mentioned in my last post I am traveling with letters and photos for the children from their sponsors. We have not yet welcomed sponsors for Fred, but I know he would most appreciate a warm welcome from all the people who have remembered him over the years in their prayers. I’d like to invite you to leave a comment on this blog post for Fred.
Kenny is the young man who comes twice a week to teach the children how to use the computer. They are all fascinated by what can be done with this machine. We believe giving them computer skills will give them a great edge when they begin a business of their own when they are grown. Fred was most amazed when he sat in front of a computer for the first time. His look resembled what people here in America do when they learn they’ve won the lottery. He is eager to learn and though he is a little slow he is perfectly able.
So would you all welcome Fred to the family? Leave him a message here and we’ll sit him down with the computer and show him all the love and support he has received over the years!!
For those of you who are new let me give you a few reasons to love Fred as much as we do. His mama died in childbirth and his father promptly rejected him. As a result of birth trauma Fred has cerebral palsy and his legs are slightly crippled…though it is something that can be corrected. He was passed around in his village to be cared by whoever had the heart to do it, and finally settled into the care of the local pastor. This pastor brought him to the city with the other children from the village when they found their mzungu to help them (us). We found sponsors for these children and included Fred in the party to go to school. It was the first time in his life he was offered the opportunity to go to school. He walked a mile on crutches at age 15 to go to first grade and endure the scorn and rejection from the educators there. His desire to learn is as big as his smile.
Our team is determined to help Fred get an education even though he’s nearly 17 now, we can teach him the basics and help him learn all he wants to know. When it feels right we can send him to school, unless private tutoring is the best way. We’ll wait and see. One thing that I know for sure is not one bit of his potential will be wasted. I’m hoping as soon as he gets his strength back he’ll get out of that wheel chair and use crutches again. And when he’s strong with those I hope his own desire to walk and play soccer someday drives him to endure the therapy we can get him to be able to walk and play.
This is a special young man and we invite you to help us welcome him to the Kirabo Seeds family. It is our pleasure to serve God as we give orphans a family. You are an extended part of our family. Thank you!