As mentioned in my last Friday's Favourites, I've had the honour of spending the last couple of weeks working on the "big reveal" of a new photo project over at Villages of Hope-Africa (my job, by the way). As part of this project, I got the opportunity to visit the Village of Hope in Chongwe, Zambia and take some of the photos that will be part of this project (I know, I have the best job ever!) Here is a little something I wrote about my experience...
Remember when you were a kid, and one of the first things your parent’s friends would ask you when they came over for dinner was: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
I remember for me it was a Lawyer. Then the President of the United States. Then a Vetrinarian. Then a wildlife Vetrinarian.
Now I am “grown up” (or so they say) and I am a writer. I also tweet a lot; but to the general population “tweeter” is not considered a profession.
I changed my mind a lot. But knowing exactly what I wanted to be for the rest of my life at the mere age of eleven wasn’t the important part. The important part was that I had a dream.
Children who grow up like I did – a safe home, a healthy family, and the basic necessities of life – have a lot of dreams when they are growing up. But what about the other children?
Knowing what you want to be when you grow up isn’t about planning your future; it’s about acknowledging the fact that you have one.
This is where the “hope” comes in.
Sadly, many of the children in Africa do not see this hope. They are living in circumstances that don’t allow them to look much past today, and any hope for a future is left behind.
However, as you likely know, our Mission here at VOH is: to bring lasting hope to children at risk so they can embrace adulthood as independent and contributing members of society.
Bringing hope to children in need – this is why we exist. And when you support our projects, and contribute to the VOH-Africa community in any way, you are a part of this.
And so we wanted to do something different, because the children of Villages of Hope? Well they are beginning to see the hope for their futures once again. And with that hope comes something else…Dreams.
And within these dreams lies the answer to the question we so often forget the importance of: What do you want to be when you grow up?
In the past, there may not have been an answer, but now the answer is there; it’s there because hope is there.
This is why we do what we do. We are Bringing Hope to children in need so…
This photo project is for us, so we can smile at how adorable they are and celebrate with these amazing children and support them in their dreams for the future. But as I was taking these pictures during a recent visit to VOH-Chongwe, I realized something else, this project is also for the children…Keep Reading