Thursday, April 18th, 2013 at 6:51 am
Sometimes, fighting poverty on this scale can get overwhelming. There are so many people that need our help, so many that count on us…it can be difficult for anyone to have hope and keep fighting in the face of such odds. At times like these, we remember the people we are fighting for.
Take Bako, for instance. We encountered him via our partnership with Hands-At-Work. He, along with the other children in this particular slum community in Lagos Nigeria, are at serious risk.
At 11, Bako has a smile that belies his desperate life. To get home from school, he has to walk over planks across a foul smelling swamp, through tight alleyways and past brothels. Above the door of his home is some text that reads the scripture ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’. Inside the tiny room, with a single bed and mat lives Bako, along with 10 to 15 other children.
All are looked after by a woman named Roti, a local ‘nanny’ of sorts. Bako’s mother, a sex worker in the area, abandoned him here when he was 12 months old, unable or unwilling to continue caring for him. He has no idea that Roti is not his mother.
A care worker, a heroic man called Sylvanus, visits him twice a day. Once at 6am to wake, bathe and walk him to school, and again after school. Sylvanus does this for 30 children in this community. At school, we help provide a meal. However, it’s people like Sylvanus that essentially take care of the children. They are the life line. Without them, our efforts would bear little fruit.
So, today we remind ourselves that the work we do at PSH is important. Underneath it all are real people in really desperate situations. They NEED our support, or they might not make it.
So, in spite of the challenges, we are grateful that, with your help, we are able to provide some help for those that need it the most.
Please click HERE to see how you can help support people like Bako.
The PSH Team