Summary of the article of Dietmar Mauermann from February, 21, 2016. Translation by Co-Author Randell K. Anderson
There is the apparent situation as our on-location manager Dietmar Mauermann looks over the list of pre-qualified applicants for One World Group foster parent support.
24 students have been screened and are ready to continue with their next educational step. Unfortunately, we are missing 24 new foster parents.
The question for the board of the OWG is how do we effectively communicate our administrative success and the consequent growing demand for us to secure more foster parents? Who will make the modest financial commitment of about a $1 a day, so that a waiting child may receive the gift of self-reliance through an education?
This young girl or boy will carry this 1 dollar, over what is usually a long distance, and lay it on the desk of their school accountant. They will pay for a day of learning and gain valuable knowledge; they will have purchased a day of not working in the fields just to survive; this day they will have been freed from living on the streets; this day they will be protected by the school campus; this day they will be liberated from taking care of their children, parents and siblings.
One dollar changes the living standard of an entire family. When a child is liberated from the survival mode lifestyle, the perspective changes from survival to a future filled with possibilities. Our foster children realize they can step out of poverty through education. Through the dollar-a-day support of the foster parent, their world opens up to gainful employment, an income and an elevated quality of life.
Our objective is to inform prospective foster parents in a reasonable, enlightening and comprehensible manner so one can make a logical decision to reward oneself with the satisfaction which comes from brightening the future of one child.
Our philosophy is simple: provide opportunity for education, employment and a future in the native country. Therefore, students are keeping their focus on their homeland, as opposed to fleeing elsewhere.
Our applied program is working successfully. As more understand the core of our mission, this being helping children along on their life’s path within the area where they live, it is easy to understand exactly where and how the foster partner’s commitment is spent.
Now, for some of our recent successes:
We have just matched 6 children with foster parents.
Ousamou is a student at Mere du Verbe Primary, Parfait is studying at Ecole Primary in Kacyiru, Dative is at the Good Shepard Vocational Training Center in Hotelerie, Mystica is in Kigali at Integrated Polytechnical studying electronics and computer science, Donatha is back at the Ecole Secondary in Kamabuye, Theogene is in Secondary 1 at the College de Bon Pasteur in Ruhango.
These children are now securely in their respective schools, focused on self-betterment and a future of self-reliance.
Without their dollar-a-day foster parent support, they would either be scrounging out an existence on the streets, herding goats, carrying wood, cleaning houses or doing wash. Instead, they are focused on their bright and optimistic future.
We are gratified by providing this service for these children and their families, which is solely made possible out of foster parent generosity. So, as our foster parents think about the daily dollar expense, we encourage them to think daily on the inter-generational good which they have fostered. This gift of giving hope and a future has a reciprocal effect of well-being on the giver.
Think on the movement of goodness which is perpetuated every time a dollar is laid in the hand of an appreciative Rwandan child.