A mother and her teenage daughter came to us homeless, with nowhere to sleep at night. The mother’s husband had died and the mother and daughter moved in with an abusive uncle who had impregnated the 18 year old girl. The girl and her mother had not eaten in several days. We fed them and helped them find a house, a small one-bedroom house with a dirt floor. We paid their rent for a whole year, $37. Yes, thirty-seven dollars for a year of rent. They had nothing to put in their little house, so we gave them a bucket to carry water and a sheet to lay on the ground. It was so little to offer. Every morning they arrived at our clinic to weed our garden in exchange for breakfast, their only meal of the day. We gave the daughter vitamins, meat and eggs. Soon she birthed her baby safely with us - a little girl with soft black curls.
They spent many months at our clinic helping out every day with dishes and cooking and gardening in exchange for food and clean water. Their baby’s healthy and strong from mama’s breastmilk. They now own a micro business and have moved into a home nearby with cement walls and floors.