Today I threw away more wasted food than I’d like to admit.
I stumbled over multiple pairs of shoes that cluttered up our entry way and grumbled to myself over the mess of it all.
And this morning I ordered a early Christmas gift for my daughter…granted I had a $10 off coupon, but I didn’t even stop to think if I should spend the $25 or not.
How often do we go through our days unaware of how good we have it? I know that money is sometimes tight, and we may have to stick to a budget…but if I am being honest I have not ever experienced a time in my life that could be classified as extreme poverty.
My kids always have shoes to put on when they need them, and their bellies are always full. They have never gone a day hungry, wishing for food.
And yet this is the reality for so many kids in third world countries today.
In 2010 after a mission trip to Rwanda, Tara found herself broken for the people there and knew that she needed to do something. Not having a plan, but trusting God with His, she moved to Africa to work at an orphanage. It was here that God gave her a vision of what she might do to make a difference…one life at a time.
Recognizing that there was a deficiency in the provision of a school lunch program for the kids and also a need for better care of the “adult” orphans…No. 41 was born.
The idea started with providing these women sustainable employment. By teaching them how to make bags that would be sold to not only provide for them, but also to help feed children in the village.
In their own words: “When No.41 started, there were, roughly, 100 young adults over the age of 18 living in the Noel Orphanage. With no family and limited resources, the prospect of university or becoming gainfully employed was low. Along with that, confidence was low, dreams were small and hope was almost non-existent. It was important, not only to provide a means of sustainable employment doing a culturally relevant trade for these girls, but also to remind them that they were created for a great purpose, by an even greater God. We all have been given gifts and talents and, once realized, we should spend those helping others and that is where the feeding program came in.”
Today No. 41 employs several women who are helping to make a difference in their own community. They have also seen more women go off to University as well! God is working in these young women and it started with a “yes” from a young woman who knew she needed to do more.
In addition No. 41 has started a school lunch program. In the schools there, they have a 20 minute break for lunch where the children can leave to go and get food. Most of the children can’t afford food so they go hungry. For just $5 a month you can sponsor a child and feed them for an entire month!
Can you believe that?!
What can I sacrifice for $5 this month that would provide lunches every day for a child in Rwanda?
If you would like to know more about this amazing organization, cheek out their website!
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