At home Patson’s duties include sweeping the floors, washing dishes and fetching water. Playing soccer (football) is one of Patson’s favorite activities. This is a game similar to jacks that is played with stones and pebbles found on the ground, a smooth surface such as a concrete floor, and a piece of chalk to draw the gameboard.
Daily life for Patson and his friends is very difficult. The majority of his friends from the village are not able to afford to go to public school and survive on a single small meal per day – primarily made of nshima – a staple that is made of ground white corn flour boiled in water. By being in school Patson is not only having his mind “fed”, but he is benefiting from a nutritious meal each day he is in school. The majority of these children live with a single parent or relative. Others have been forced to live with whomever will take them in, and being forced to the streets by the age of 6 is not uncommon.
Patson and his friends not only have physical poverty but they a poverty that can’t be seen. They have lost hope and do not believe that their life matters or that they matter. This is why African Vision of Hope is different.
African Vision of Hope takes the message of Patson 21 and puts it into action.
- “Feed my lambs” – We take that literally and ensure a daily nutritious meal to each student.
- “Tend my sheep” – Our staff is caring for the “least of these”.
- “Feed my sheep” – Our education not only is of the highest standards, but is centered around sharing the Hope of Christ with each child.
This is your opportunity to partner with us in making a real and lasting difference in Patson’s life. Your financial partnership has a tangible benefit to Patson, but to Patson, what he really desires and hopes for is a sponsor that will begin a relationship with him. You will be able to write to Patson, to encourage him. You will receive letters back from Patson as he updates you on his progress. You will also have the opportunity to meet Patson face to face during a summer mission trip. Patson desires to know that someone cares for him, thinks he is of value, and needs someone to encourage him, that there is truly a Hope for a better tomorrow. Patson’s story can begin with you.