Forgotten or Ignored

We have only one month left in Africa, and although we are looking forward to seeing family and friends and leaving the gates and crime behind, I love it here.  Ok, I admit it.  Many told us Africa would get into our blood, and I think they are right.  In many ways it is not logical… crime, poverty, suffering, who would want to be immersed in those?  Well, I do.  I feel like I have finally found clothes that fit.  And then it hit me, weren’t Christians called to care for the widows and orphans, those who have been forgotten or ignored?  Maybe this is a God-given desire to be with those Jesus would have chosen to spend time with.  Look at just a few…

Precious orphans.  80% are themselves HIV positive

Precious orphans. 80% are themselves HIV positive

The kids love Ruthie's blond curls and white skin!

The kids love Ruthie's blond curls and white skin!

Most of these children will never be adopted

Most of these children will never be adopted

Our time at a Township hospital Pediatric wing was eye opening.  The conditions were disturbing,  the situations gut wretching

Our time at a Township hospital Pediatric wing was eye opening. The conditions were disturbing, the situations gut wretching

My "peek a boo" buddy was ready to be discharged three weeks ago, but she has no where to go...

My "peek a boo" buddy was ready to be discharged three weeks ago, but she has no where to go...

Just down the road from the hospital is Bonginkosi preschool.  We spent some of our Fulbright money bringing them books to start a library.  We got the feeling they don't have access to books often...

Just down the road from the hospital is Bonginkosi preschool. We spent some of our Fulbright money bringing them books to start a library. We got the feeling they don't have access to books often...

The schools for the forgotten children here are disgraceful.  I have been to four township schools now and here is some of what I saw…

Our library donation tour continued down the road from Bonginkosi.  This high school for 1400 kids is one of the few with library facilities, but look at the shelves...These kids have almost no chance to compete at the university level

Our library donation tour continued down the road from Bonginkosi. This high school for 1400 kids is one of the few with library facilities, but look at the shelves...These kids have almost no chance to compete at the university level

A different high school.  None of the schools I saw had electricity or running water.  I saw few textbooks.  This school was the worst

A different high school. None of the schools I saw had electricity or running water. I saw few textbooks. This school was the worst

School toilets

School toilets

The only "running water" on the property

The only "running water" on the property

edendale girl

You don't need to look far to find children in need.  Without our help Aphile would end up in one of the township schools.  It is so hard to only be able to help one

You don't need to look far to find children in need. Without our help Aphile would end up in one of the township schools. It is so hard to only be able to help one

Sweet Thando

Sweet Thando

I don’t know how I will handle leaving Africa and returning to the comfort of home.  I am afraid to let the tears start because I don’t know if they will end.  For now we are doing what we can.  If you would like to help, we are collecting money to distribute before we leave.

Please send checks to:

The Augustines

PO Box 2712

Harrisonburg, VA 22801 USA

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3 Responses to “Forgotten or Ignored”


  1. 1 Anne July 17, 2009 at 1:30 am

    This was so beautiful, Kristin. I am so looking forward to having you home, but understand your torn feelings. I relish hearing in person about your experiences in Africa. What day will you be back?

  2. 2 Aunty Amy August 21, 2009 at 9:08 am

    We are praying for you guys big time. Whatever happens, it is good to know that there are people who truly care for others, especially the poor, broken and marginalised. I think you are right. These are the people that Jesus would have spent time with. Thank you for being willing to leave your “comfort zone” to come here and meet/love God’s people in Africa. We love you and miss you.

  3. 3 Nikita May 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    You are doing a wonderful great job in my home country. If it wasn’t for people like you, those would suffer even more. Just a pity that in the late 70’s and early 80’s young children (age about 12/16-18) burnt down the lorries of books that were sent to their schools to help them and so many schools were burnt down too. God bless you with the good work you’re doing!


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