Today we visited Remember the Poorest Community in Nazareth. This
is one of the ministries MPPC is supporting. They rehabilitate street
boys, run a kindergarten for poor children, and support orphans
living with guardians.
We were greeted by by children in the school shouting Welcome!
and singing in English Old MacDonald Had A Farm, BINGO, and Twinkle
Twinkle Little Star. They were very excited and kept moving forward
crowding us. We taught them the words and motions for I Have Love
Love Love in My Heart. They are very fast learners.
We then were given a presentations on their programs. MPPC's help
enabled them to buy shoes and socks for 200 children, some of whom
had never had them before. We also help with orphan support. We
visited the homes of several women who were HIV+ but on anti-retroviral
medications. They had formerly been bedridden for months, but now
were able to work and care for their children. The poverty in this
neighborhood was really disturbing; one woman's house was about
the size of a walk-in closet and it was located downwind from the
public latrine. She earned $10 a month working but paid $6 a month
in rent. Her daughter Tigist was a darling 7 year old but she is
losing her appetite and probably is HIV+ also.
It' s hard seeing this suffering, but we are thankful that MPPC
is able to help these people.
'Remember the Poorest Community' Kindergarten in
Nazret -- children from 4 to 7 greeted us with songs in English.