There were some kids without shoes among the kids who came to visit me, while I was in our village. Often I encountered kids with cuts on their feet. This is the norm here. Usually, our villagers live on one meal a day.
On one occasion, kids set around the table and I gave them something to eat. When they finished, I asked, “Would like another one?” “No, Thank you.” I was surprised by the response knowing that they probably did not have much to eat at that hour. One kid was holding on to the applesauce that I gave her. “Why don't you eat it now?” “I will take it home and share it with my brother.”
Not all kids are like this in our village. There are unruly ones and greedy ones, too. Because we are the only foreigners, some treat us badly and ridicule us time to time. But in Sambouya village, we had 14 years of relationship. Many of the kids who played with our children grew up and became mothers and fathers.
For our villagers who eat only one meal a day, the real need is a spiritual awakening, not just the physical food, I believe. They need to develop self-worth in God so that they can change their own lives, developing their own society. Over a decade, I saw the changes taking place in our village. In the beginning, no one had cell phones and motorcycles; now practically everyone has one. (I don't know why they don't buy shoes for their kids.)
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