Hope, Love, & The Slums of Kisenyi
"I know a place
where no face
is known to
those outside it
And you would think
that those that know
-not try to hide it"
The need isn't mere money
The need is love.
Poverty is not merely a lack of finances, but a lack of personal worthiness that leads to an abject lifestyle.
THUS we're not measuring success by merely how many people are clothed, sheltered, fed & cleaned/healed, but they are all necessary too.
Patrick & William are probably the MOST successful outreach/home program in Kampala- because unlike other homes or shelters for these kids, they enter a family after a sincere, fully trusting relationship is built.
It's easy for us to give, but I really think if we can afford it we should go- and we will be the ones that change.
Self-worth, love, and warm food & shelter are the fruit of our work in Kisenyi slums. That's what we're asking you to support, in any of a number of ways (see here).
Apart from the place that was gracefully provided for him- his own home which he's given to the cause of the (now) 50 children he's build soild, loving relationships with (& whom he's rescued/adopted from these slums), Patrick's other home is the Kisenyi slums, the streets where he grew up.
William, a 25 year old also given to the cause-& who helps him with the administration aspect, calls Patrick after he's gone for too long when he knows he's visiting Kisenyi. Patrick is addicted to being with them, bringing them encouragement, hope, food & relating to their poverty.
SUCCESS = Love hitting home in children's hearts
VIDEO 1: Handing out some nourishment
Patrick (red shirt) is having a bit of a hard time making sure the most needy get the juice boxes he's handing out. He also gave out rice but he lacks funds to give enough for even all the kids there. He needs more financial support to feed them. Some will hold onto a simple baggie of rice for 3 days.
The boy with the bottle at the end has a string dipped in glue that he has been huffing/breathing in to get high.
VIDEO 2: Moses (this could be me or you)
Unfortunately, I did not return to help him.. it breaks my heart to this day. There are so many people like him, who just need someone to care. Someone to come to them. Patrick STILL visits these people several times a week, bringing what help he can (on top of being a father of 50 kids now, and in charge of 70 local children's schooling- together with William). He needs some financial support. This is how we clean/dress wounds (see left panel)