This is my African Grandmother. My family is supporting her through ROTOM and I chose her from several photos because she looks so sad. My prayer is that, because of our monthly support, the next photo we receive, will be one where she looks happy and is smiling into the camera.
I'm not sure who this child is with her in the picture but my guess is that this is her grandchild. Because of the AIDS epidemic, the social structure of children caring for thier elderly parents has broken down. Now those elderly parents are not only struggling with thier own aging and medical problems but they are having to raise thier orphaned grandchildren. For $30.00 a month, my African Grandmother gets regular medical treatment, hot meals and spiritual comfort. My friend Brad will be traveling to Uganda next week and he will have a chance to meet my African Grandmother. So today I have been shopping for things to send to her. This has been hard because I want to send her things she needs but also I want to send things that will make her feel special and will bring a sense of love and luxury into her life. I also wanted to send some small things for this child standing beside her. They also needed to be small enough to only take up a small space in Brads suitcase. I found some solar lanterns that were pretty small, which I thought was pretty cool! A pretty bracelet, a light colorful sweater and lotion (all grandmas like lotions!). For the child, I settled on bubbles, a jump rope, paper and crayons. Pretty basic stuff but hopefully things they don't get very often. I'm so excited that Brad will get to see her and am planning on painting an angel this weekend to send to her. I'll let you know if I get a smile back!