Monday, 24 February 2014

He meant everything he said

Over two and a half years ago I was working in a baby home in Kampala helping to resettle the children in their care.  We were successful and managed in a short space of time to get 7 children home.  We were also in the middle of working with  other families when we had the rug pulled from under us and we were no longer allowed to work there anymore.  I was heartbroken and really grieved the fact that these families and their children wouldn't get the chance to go home, that I would never get to find out what had finally happened to them and also hugely concerned that some of these children might be re-labeled "orphans" and get internationally adopted.

One of the families that we were working with at the time was a single father who had twin girls in the baby home.  Like a lot of single parents he had struggled to make ends meet and a work colleague of his had suggested that he admitted his daughters to the baby home temporarily while he got himself back on his feet.  But getting back on his feet never happened.

His daughters were very evidently being impacted by life in an "orphanage" and we were very keen to get them resettled as soon as possible.

Anyway, imagine my joy when I received a phone call off him a few days ago to tell me that even though we weren't working there,  he had still taken his children home for good.   He really HAD been serious and he really HAD meant everything he had said to us at the time.  Also, the people in charge of this baby home had told him that he had to take them out and quickly, with very little notice, with no preparation or long term plans on how he would cope financially!  We have seen this approach a lot, that if children are no longer viewed as "orphans" because family are obviously on the scene, it makes them more difficult to internationally adopt out so often the family are shown the door quickly.

Anyway, thank God, he has been doing so well looking after them and the twin girls we met today were healthy, happy and evidently very contented to be with their father - such a contrast to 2.5 years ago.  It was such a pleasure to spend the morning with them and hear about how life has treated them over the last few years.

Reunite can now put this family on our programme  (maybe 2.5 years late but at least we can work with them now) working towards economic empowerment. A regular, sustainable income is key to a successful resettlement.  We are also exploring options on how he can get his children into school .  If you want to help and to donate to  this family  please contact us here


Barbra Aber said...

Great work Reunite. Ugandan Children and families truly have angels In the Rileys. Keep it Up.

scooping it up said...

beautiful. wonderful. those faces are so changed.