Why Not Her?
“Why me?” the common question each of us asks when faced with unjust hardship and pain. But she doesn’t ask that question. Why? Because she’s not common. She’s extraordinary.
Resilient. A relentless chaser of dreams. When life doesn’t go her way, she doesn’t give up, victimize herself, throw a pity party, or ask why. She picks herself back up and asks how. “How am I still going to get this dream?”
All her life, she’s had to fight for dreams and battle for hope. “I am nothing,” she used to say. So when she started dreaming about going to college in the States, I didn’t dare stop her. There were plenty of other voices telling her she was crazy, she’d never make it, it was a waste of time and money to pursue such an impossible dream. After two years of working hard in all her studies, SHE GOT ACCEPTED to Viterbo University in Wisconsin!
What a beautiful, living, active, vibrant symbol of hope! Imagine how this will touch the lives of so many girls like her who have also grown up without the ability to dream. Yet, one hurdle remains. The dollar sign.
She is currently working three jobs: a tutor, a nanny, and hand-crafts. She gets paid on average less than $6 a day. Some have a mentality that goes something like this: They’re from impoverished backgrounds so they don’t need new clothes; hand-me downs are better than nothing. They don’t need several pairs of shoes when one is better than none. They don’t need juice because water is better than nothing. Rice and beans every meal is fine because, well, it’s better than nothing. Used supplies are better than nothing.
Are we really okay with “better than nothing”? When I first started Hosea’s Heart, my friend Musa said to me, “What I like about you is that you treat the girls like they are your own. There are plenty orphanages or volunteers who come and help, but they give just enough. Never stop giving them your best, Kate. Treat them like your own; do for them what you would do for one in America.” Not to make them American, but to make sure they are valued just the same.
Of course, giving the best looks different amidst different needs, depending on our financial support. For example, some months rice and beans is all we have. Other months we have extra donations and can give some away to others in need. One month we had nothing and by God’s grace neighbors came “for no reason” to give us chicken and extra food donations. But I have never forgotten Musa’s words: Why should I treat them different than I would treat my own child?
I want her to have the very best. But this is one thing I cannot offer her. A sponsorship to Viterbo University. I cannot get her there; Hosea’s Heart cannot get her there as we are raising money to build new homes. This is a venture of her own, on her own. So I’m here to support her and to plead with anyone who might be interested that yes this girl is worth investment.
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