Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About The Millie: Day 07

Day 01 — Your favorite song
Day 02 — Your favorite movie
Day 03 — Your favorite television program
Day 04 — Your favorite book
Day 05 — Your favorite quote
Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 — A photo you took
Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 — A fictional book
Day 14 — A non-fictional book
Day 15 — A fanfic
Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 — A talent of yours
Day 20 — A hobby of yours
Day 21 — A recipe
Day 22 — A website
Day 23 — A YouTube video
Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 — Your day, in great detail
Day 26 — Your week, in great detail
Day 27 — This month, in great detail
Day 28 — This year, in great detail
Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy

I can't even begin to tell you how much joy this photo brings me! It was taken this past November in Sierra Leone, Africa.

Last April, when I was in Sierra Leone, was the first time I met this (teen-age) mother and her baby. The baby was extremely sick. He had a fever; holding him, I could feel his entire body shaking as he searched for his next breath. It was at the point in his illness that there was ABSOLUTELY NOTHING else we could do. There was no medicine that would help. There was no treatment that would stop the sickness. When we left the small village, the baby's condition was still the same. I was brokenhearted. I didn't expect to see him again this last November.

In Sierra Leone, 1 in 4 children die before the age of five. ONE IN FOUR. This ill child's death, would not have been shocking or out-of-the-ordinary there; so broken is their country. (A decade long Civil War has just ended a few years ago.)

But, after arriving home, we were able to work with an organization called The Bridge of Hope. A school has been now built, their well has been repaired (the rebels often went into remote villages...just to destroy the wells), and a sponsorship-driven feeding program has been set up in that village.

That is why when I came back in November, I saw this boy. This healthy, laughing boy. This boy that I did not expect to be alive. JUST BECAUSE of clean water and a guaranteed bowl of rice at the school every day.

Wow, sorry, about this long post! I just get so excited talking about the amazing things that are happening in Sierra Leone! :-D


Raquelle said...

That's awesome Millie! I'm so glad that little boy got better. This photo makes me smile too.

Kendra said...

i love this. well done!

Sally said...

So amazing! What a wonderful photo and story!


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