A few days ago I began my friendship with you by concluding that I will be visiting your reading thoughts regularly. Today I stand at your door knocking to enter. Of course I have not forgotten any of the commitments I made to you, that I will lead my team to provide a platform of hope to many more children.
Don’t worry, in subsequent post, I will let you know why I have not been able to refuse being called “Senior James”.
My problem with you currently is that I’m not sure which aspects of my work I should share with you, and in what details, especially because of the sensitive nature of what I do. Of course I’m not going to share some of the photos with you because of our child protection policy. But where possible, I will let you have a feel of the faces of our beautiful, well-hearted boys and girls whose love I admire. So I will use my discretion in sharing my world of love and hope.
This year 2013 has began well. I recall attending a new year’s event with 40 boys and 11 girls who we had rescued not long ago from Lake Volta, and who were then going through rehabilitation process in our rehabilitation center. Today, 25 of those boys and 4 of the girls have been re-integrated with their families, while 29 more, including those recently rescued, are currently going through the recovery program.
In my context, rehabilitation means differently from what you might be thinking of. It means recovery, and it means restoration of dignity. The children we rescue go through a process of healing from the scars of torture, brutal pain, malnutrition, illiteracy, psychosocial deficiencies, medical issues and forgiveness! We give them a platform to restore their childhood, and to begin to dream.
In the last couple of months, we have continued with the provision of our traditional services of providing our clients with well-planned cafe of basic literacy skills, medical treatments, psychosocial support, and love. Significantly, we have improved upon our healing process with the inclusion of painting and art forms.
A few weeks ago we began preparation for the new farming season. Farming has been part of our rehabilitation program, and we grow our own maize, vegetables, and even raise goats! The other day I had a broken heart when one of the goats was stolen! But our children were not downhearted; they are rich in love and forgiveness. So while I was lamenting about the loss of the goat, they believed in me that I’m well able to replace it.
Frankly these children believe so much in me that they think I’m capable of accomplishing everything, including stopping the sun from rising! After all, I bring people from all over the world to visit them. They believe that I should not lack the ability to do anything. Why? Because they believe that once I’m educated, I can do virtually anything. These believe in me inspires me though, and makes me feel that the children are dreaming well. But the stolen goat is definitely important too! I just don’t agree that somebody should steal the goat from these children. It’s been a while but it still hurts, one goat gone!
Senior James, President for Challenging Heights