Little Boy Receives His First Pair of Shoes
From Sr Ellen Curran, Frances Shannon Hospice, Kimberley Diocese
Frances Shannon Hospice management staff, the teaching staff in the various schools, the nursing sisters at the three clinics, St. Anne’s’ society and the Legion of Mary all helped to identify children most in need of winter clothing. Being able to help some orphaned and vulnerable children with warm clothes and shoes for winter has been great. Many adults in the area are unemployed, with poor prospects of getting work.
We witnessed the joy in a little boy’s face when we gave him a pair of shoes, his first pair of shoes.
Some of the stories:
A mother is struggling to care for seven children, four of her own and three adopted nephews & niece who were orphaned after their mothers death. There is no father.
In another family the mother is physically challenged, battling to care for four of her children.
There is a blind father and a mother who is mentally challenged caring for their four children.
In one shack a granny cares cares for eight of her grandchildren. One child is HIV positive, one physically disabled.