When I write about Kirabo Seeds I like to be open, authentic and real. I can’t write if I have to reach through too many filters. And there are times when struggles and difficulties are so real that I just don’t know what I can say. So can I be honest? (aren’t I always?) I’m just not a fan of selling, posturing, promoting, and marketing something that is vital, essential and raw like orphan care. I am not going to gloss this work and make it look shiny. What orphaned children go through is not supposed to make us feel good. This work takes grit and the jaw of a bull dog.
We have children who were laborers, and slaves. They suffered abuse, neglect and at the very best the constant worry that it might be too long before they ate again. They never ever had their own bed and when they were sick it was a real problem to get medical care. And then God allowed us to welcome them to our home at Kirabo Seeds. We have taken on the hard work of parenting seventeen children in a third world country on the other side of the world. And this is messy work. This is work that demands a long long long term commitment. There is no end in sight.
These children are really interesting and unique like every child God has created. When they were in survival mode it was impossible for their personalities to blossom. Since they have experienced some security and consistency in their lives after two years in our home, they are now free to explore that individuality. It is so much fun to get to know these children’s spunky personalities.
Students in Uganda don’t usually dream for their futures. They just hope to be able to stumble across something that they can take as good enough.
I want our children at Kirabo Seeds to set impossible goals then work hard to reach them. I guess I’m trying to give them the American optimism and ambition. Is that so wrong? “Go get it! Dream it true.”
All of us at Kirabo Seeds, from the supporter, sponsor, staff member, or facebook/blog spy have an opportunity to help these kids reach impossible goals. We can give them opportunity, education, counseling, and experience that prepares them for a life of their dreams.
We want to fill their lives with encouragement, education and challenge. We can help them believe they can set their goals and reach them. Then we can walk the road with them until they do, in much the same way we parent our adult children.
The opportunity to help a child come alive, identify dreams and then reach for them is perhaps the most alive I will ever feel.
I can’t count how many times my own children have reached goals I have set for myself. And when I see the offspring reach them I am more satisfied to see it belong to them than I would be if it were mine. For example, Kevin got to spend much of his summer at Columbia University in a creative writing program. (honest repentant jealousy) And I’m quite sure he’ll be a published author before I will. (we have waged the contest but his natural talent will take him to the finish line before me) Jack is a far more talented dressage rider than I am and I try harder than he does. Jordan has more loyalty than anyone I know and I can’t help but admire him and wish the same could be said for myself. Donny went to India and worked at Mother Theresa’s home. I wanted to do that too. Miss Kira, well, she’s only in kindergarten but I’m already sure as far as it goes with being a dancer she’s already stolen my spot light.
When a child achieves beyond the parent there are not words for the satisfaction and joy it brings us. This is what I want for our children at Kirabo Seeds. I want them to reach further than their minds could imagine and then all of us come behind them and do our best to make sure the bricks in their road are laid. We are involved in orphan care not to just provide the basics of a meal, clothes, shelter and education. We are in it to teach them to work hard, reach far, and get really outside their comfort place to reach their goals. Then we can encourage them to ask all the children they meet or raise to do the same. “Go for it! Dream it true.” Are you in?