Saturday, January 22, 2011


Jim and I took the kids on a three mile walk down to the river and back again today. Like most Americans, we walk for recreation and to enjoy the scenery. We also walk for exercise. We need to make up for our over eating so we'll stay healthy and not die too soon.

In Swaziland, most people don't own cars. They walk because they need to get somewhere. Some also walk because they don't have enough to eat and want to stay healthy and not die too soon. They walk 1, 2, even 3 miles a day just to get to a carepoint for a meal, a meal which may be their only one of the day.

Five year old Sphamandla lives with his grandmother and five other children. Every day, he has to walk 45 minutes to get to the Bheveni Carepoint where he will receive a filling meal, a meal that means the difference between malnutrition --- and possibly even death from starvation --- and better health and life for Sphamandla.

But the food doesn't just fall from the sky. It is provided by donors and sponsors here in America.

Sphamandla needs a sponsor.

He needs someone who will partner with Children's HopeChest to help make sure that when he gets to the end of his long morning walk, he'll have life-giving food waiting for him.

If you'd like to be the one who becomes Sphamandla's special friend, someone who doesn't just send money but writes him letters and prays for him as he grows up, visit Danielle Brower's website at:

There are approximately 150 children who walk down thorn-lined paths and dirt roads every day to the Bheveni Carepoint. Sphamandla might not be the one that you feel pulled to, but Danielle will be glad to help you find just the right one for you to walk alongside from this side of the ocean.

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