I have some photos of our kids from this Thursday’s “crippled children’s clinic” in Eldoret and I thought I’d share a few today. Makes me want to make a brochure and maybe start one of those Sally Strothers-type nonprofits* that seeks sponsors for starving African children. You know, where the now-chubby Sally pleads, on late night infomercials, for your extra pennies. Where for only 50 cents a day you could feed a kid, cloth them, and send them to school.
Our 11 year old paraplegic hydrocephalic girl with an amazing smile that never ends
I saw those commercials as a child and thought them a bit fanciful. I’ve always mixed my idealism with realism, even as an elementary school kid, and wasn’t entirely convinced that $0.50 would do all that Sally promised. However, I did consider it as a kid. I did the math to figure out if I could save a starving kid in Africa and was sad that my $10 allowance wouldn’t fund a $15/month kid. The $0.50 a day was beyond my reach, which was okay at the end of the day. I knew enough about television to know that you couldn’t believe everything you saw. I wasn’t sure if Sally was promising a legitimate proposal anyway.
Our sweet 5 year old boy with bilateral club feet and delayed milestones (who borders on mentally retarded)
Skip ahead 20-odd years later and I can tell you first hand that Sally was on to something. Inflation has hit the US, and Africa too, but I do believe $0.50 a day could still cloth, feed, and educate our kids here. I haven’t watched late night infomercials for many years, but I hope Sally is still out there saving the kids. It’s a worthy goal, and a pretty sweet deal at the end of the day.
One of our super cute 2 year old girls with 2 club feet who loves to play games with me
* Feel no pressure to send Sally money, or me for that matter. I’m sure at some point this year I’ll have a goal for some project and make a vague plea for anyone who wants to help, but for now rest easily knowing it’s really true that $0.50 a day can indeed save the life of a child.