While we have some hurricane Harvey time isolated at home in South Texas I find some spare time to reflect on an important opportunity Kirabo Seeds discovered during our last visit. Not more than a five minute walk around the corner is a home for orphaned and abandoned babies. It is called Oasis Children’s home. There’s no sign on the wall or home, in the same way we can’t have a sign on our home. A sign gives fraudsters and thieves too much information. It’s best to remain hidden and anonymous.
I asked Irene to arrange with Allen, a Ugandan woman who founded and runs this baby home, to allow our team for a visit. One afternoon we walked there and gathered in a small hallway to a meet and greet with her. I realized while we shared information, that I knew people who adopted from her home when we were adopting Kira! She works hard to return these babies to relatives as she can find them or she arranges for adoptions. She has helped hundred of babies over the years and currently has twenty-three babies in her home. She is the only one raising funds to run this home and it’s not easy for her.
When we organized Kirabo Seeds I knew it would be extremely difficult to have babies in our home so we agreed not to take children under three. They need to be in baby homes like Oasis, Ssanyu, Watoto, or Loving Hearts where they specialized in the needs of infants. I have so much respect for her efforts to help infants. After Allen answered our many questions she gave us a tour of her home. It was barren of furniture, the kitchen was broken down, and the food storages were sparse. It made me wince. I made eye contact with Irene who knew instantly that KS is abundantly blessed with resources. We climbed stairs and found a dozen babies seated in a circle with a caregiver. For their age they should have been out of control exploring the area. They should have caused their babysitter a lot of trouble for how they were getting into everything they could see. But only one baby left the sitting position and slowly crawled toward us. The rest of them stared at us with blank open eyes and expressionless faces. My heart sunk.
We entered one of the bedrooms where there was one caretakers bed and several cribs. One little baby was awake and lifting his little head to see us. I asked if I could pick him up and Allen said of course. It’s been a long time since I held an infant, and I really enjoyed the cuddles. She explained he was lactose intolerant and finding the right formula for him in Kampala was not only difficult but cost prohibitive. She recently found out he is positive for TB. A very sick little baby.
In the corner her youngest infant awoke to our sounds and we held this little angel as well. This is when Allen explained that the local hospital recently told her she could no longer bring babies there for treatment because her debt was over a thousand dollars. Oasis is in great need of medical financial assistance so she can help get these babies healthy and back into homes where they can grow up in a family environment. She has one prayer request and that is for someone to help her fundraise so these babies can get the care they need.
As we said good-bye I asked her if our children could come serve in her home and help her regularly. Her eyes brightened and she said, “of course!” Irene is our outreach enthusiast so she was all over this idea. While our children are in school they can spend a few hours on Sunday afternoons helping but during break they can visit a couple times a week to help with chores at Oasis.
This week our KS kids went to visit and help at Oasis for the first time. The kids loved it! They played with the babies. They went to the well and hauled many jerrycans of water for the home. They cooked. They peeled vegetables. They helped with the mountains of laundry.
It was an excellent opportunity for our children to see babies who are in need and to be able to help with those needs. Our children have been so well provided for at KS thanks to such generous, faithful and supportive sponsors and friends. They need to share their abundance with others and serve those with needs. When we saw these photos come in from their visit my heart swelled wide and I couldn’t contain it. I had to share with everyone.
When we left Oasis I gave Allen a check to help a little with the medical costs. What I would like to do is welcome donations in the name of Oasis if anyone feels moved to help them. We will keep the financial gifts in KS accounts and go to the hospital and pay the bills ourselves. We will buy the formula and deliver. We can share food. We would love to help them in this way if anyone would like to share. It would be the greatest gift if we could have money in the bank to help her with medical fees for these wee ones as she needs it. If you want, you can donate using our PayPal account, just mark in the notes “Oasis” and we will make sure to help sick orphaned babies in our neighborhood get the medical care they so desperately need. As always the accounts at KS are meticulously maintained, and open for anyone who asks to see and understand how we use our funds to help children with needs.
It wasn’t so long ago that our KS children were also existing in desperate conditions. They remember. They know God has blessed their lives with the KS home and it is their honest joy to share with the babies at Oasis. We hope we can improve their lives and brighten their eyes! We hope our willingness to help will be an open channel for God’s provision to reach more orphaned children.