Before I worked for the Alliance for Children Foundation, I visited another, less supported, orphanage in Haiti. There were 30 children, in a cinderblock building, with very little resources. The kids were adorable, and so sweet. Still, I could sense a certain weariness among them.
We played for a few hours and I wondered how they occupied 30 kids without toys, school or basic supplies, so I asked the headmistress to describe a typical day. She said “Well, we wake up, and if there’s food, we have breakfast…”
If there’s food.
I was holding two little girls in my arms as we talked, and thinking they felt just like my own children, then suddenly, I felt like their mom. A mom filled with sadness, frustration and panic at the thought of “my kids” going hungry for even one day.
Those two little girls had a big impact on me. I got involved with the Foundation and joined a team working to support orphaned children around the world. I still think about them every day, and I hope, someday, to change their lives the way they changed mine.