A new born baby is brought to Grace. Alone. Abandoned. Nameless.
My soul aches.
Why didn’t this mother know about Grace? Why didn’t she come to see
us? Had the mother come, this baby could have kept her mother. But she
didn’t get to. Maybe she will never know her.
Orphan prevention works. But it’s so sad when it’s not prevented.
So we pray for the mother in her circumstances.
Maybe this was her choice. But often a mother here doesn’t realise she
has the choice. She believes that the poverty she lives in and the
situation her baby was born into dictates that she has no choice but
to leave her child. She feels forced to abandon her child to a life
where they will possibly (if the baby lives) grow up without knowing their
past, their history, who they were, who loved them and knew them even
if it was just for a moment.
Poverty never justifies a child growing up without her birth mother.
Nor does it, in my opinion, justify adoption. A mother should never
have to feel she has to abandon her child because she simply cannot
afford to keep him.
To hear stories in the news like the one in China where a baby
was found in a sewer breaks my heart. It is real. We had the same
happen here where a mother gave birth and dropped her live newborn
baby down the toilet hole. He, unfortunately, did not make it.
I know that this is a complex issue. It is not acceptable to just say
‘This is wrong!’ There has to be some kind of solution, some strategy
offered, to keep children with families.
At Grace Centre, we do all we can to keep families together. Orphan
prevention is our focus. We work with families, providing various
services- day care, health care, education, counselling and skills
training to equip mothers and families to be together.
We believe in this. I have seen it work with my own eyes, time and time again. For just $40 a month you can give a mother hope. Allow a baby to keep her mother. $40. Day Care. Food. Medical cover. Education. Counselling, Community… Hope.
In my next blog, I will share a story of orphan prevention, where two
small children were abandoned and brought to Grace, and the hope that
sprang from that.
Thank you again for being a part of this journey.