The Mind of WebbWoman

Hello! Look for future posts about my "observations" Lord knows I am always making observations, movie reviews, whenever I see a movie I want to talk about, or I may just vent my frustrations...who knows?

Saturday, March 31, 2007

New Artwork: Hope for Kids

My friends, Bro. Dave and Susan Butts are missionaries to Romania. Along with their regular mission they founded Hope for Kids when they saw all the children begging in the street for food.

One of the tragic realities in Romania is the plight of thousands of street children that beg on the street corners and dig through garbage cans for something to eat every day. Many of these children do not go to school because their stomachs are empty and they must go out begging for food to survive. The result is an ongoing cycle of poverty among these very poor children. Because they are not in school they will not get jobs later on. Instead by the age of 12 or 13 these children are stealing to stay alive. Then by the age of 15 or 16 many of them are already in prison.

In January 2001, Bro. David and Susan Butts began Hope for Kids. We worked with the director of the schools where the poorest children live and should have been going to school. The program is to feed the children a sandwich lunch in their classrooms. This way the children must come to school to receive their lunch. If they are in school they can get jobs later on and not have to go to a life of stealing.

We began with about 200 children in the 1st through 4th grades. After they began Hope for Kids the children began coming back to school. They could either go out and beg for something to eat or they could go to school and be given lunch. The children began coming back to school! And by the end of that first year they were feeding 550 children. School attendance in these two schools doubled after we started Hope for Kids. Last year they were able to add the 5th -8th grades and they are now feeding over 1,100 children daily in their classroom.

A couple of years ago our church had the privilege to send hats, coats and gloves (along with Christmas presents) to these kids. We were able to help 1,000 kids. This year we are getting together hats, gloves and school supplies.

Anyway I wanted to do something that would reflect their work in Romania so I took photograps of several of the children and put them all together in a drawing:

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I also thought it would be cool to do a slide show of the work in progress:

And here's one more of a little girl eating her sandwich:

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I know people tend to be wary of charities because of the potential for corruption. But I personally vouch for these people as being on the up and up. It only takes $5.00 to help a hungry child for 1 month. They have no overhead as this is a branch of their other ministry and all the money goes to food and containers. If you’d like to support them you can send me a message and I can get you the contact info.


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