“Little bird” begs at a bus stop in India.  She and a group of other children are homeless and living on the street.  What kind of life is this for children?  These children need to be housed in “safe houses” built especially for them.  They need a roof, food, clothes, and people who love them.  Every night when I lay my head on my pillow I think about the children who lay on the street to sleep and I feel guilty.  The good thing about this guilt is that it has made me determined to somehow make life better for these children.  

Photo courtesy of Joel Dousset

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What would you do if you were a  caregiver at an orphanage and there were so many children that you could not take care of them all.  Would you go home every night feeling overwhelmed and defeated?  Would you  give up and quit your job?  What would happen to the children if one less person was there to care for them?  What  would  you do if you were the director of the orphanage and you could never get enough funds to feed and clothe the children properly?  Would you go home every night feeling overwhelmed and defeated?  Would you  give up and quit your job?  What would happen to the children if you weren’t  there? Many children in orphanages are suffering.  They are cold because there is not enough money for heat. For the same reason there is not enough food.  Babies drink potato water because there is no formula.  Children sit for long periods of time on potties because there is not enough money to pay for the soap, water and energy it takes to wash diapers. Cold, hunger, sickness, not enough human touch or interaction, very few toys if any, hopelessness.  What will you do?