A child is just a child, you say, and when I was younger my own father would make a point of telling us what his father would tell him, namely that ‘Children are to be seen and not heard.’
Some children are neither seen nor heard, true, especially the many orphans – estimates are as high as two million – in Uganda.
But Liz, our nine-year-old, is doing something about that. Here is a recent notice she put up – I lost count after 17 on bulletin boards and trees and wherever else she could find space – across the African university campus where we live.
Hello everyone –
My name is Liz and I am working with my friend Goha to raise money for an orphanage because when I adopted my sister Hannah from an orphanage, she never smiled.
I looked at the other children and I saw that they were sad and very thin. Then I saw them eat. They were eating with their hands. They only got a bit of food, so me and Goha thought about this and realized that all children should be treated equally.
What did these children do to get such treatment? We’re not saying the orphanage has treated them badly, but they don’t have enough money to feed them a lot of food. They don’t have enough money to buy a lot of clothes for all the children.
Imagine that you were them and you didn’t have enough clothes to change once a week. So please help. If you want to help, then please donate …
(To be continued)