I did it! I signed up to become a child advocate for Immaculate. She is awesome and I’m so excited to get to know her. Today was the first day I logged into Wando’s advocacy system and updated my profile, added an avatar (profile picture) and sent a message to Immaculate complete with an attached image.
The coolest thing about the child advocacy system is that you can exchange messages with your child, their teacher and their social worker. You really get a chance to get to know each and every one of them intimately.
Before sending my message I chatted with Child Advocacy Director Elizabeth to get an idea of how to approach starting a relationship. The children in Uganda are like the children here in that they have sweet spirits and are curious and fun and full of amazing potential, but I’m also painfully aware of the fact that these children don’t have the luxuries we have.
When flipping through photos to share with Immaculate I found myself troubled with what image I would present. Many were from weddings and get togethers. Food was plenty, we were all dressed in clean clothing and wore smiles. The burdens of not knowing where our next meal would come from or whether we could go to school or work didn’t plague us.
I didn’t want my email exchange to be about me. I wanted Immaculate to know that she was special and that I wanted to learn about her.
So, I chose a pretty benign photo of my husband and I at a hockey game and attached it to a letter that told her a little about me. I left it with a few questions about her, like what she does for fun and mentioned I would be praying for her as she starts school.
While this was only the start of me being a child advocate, I already feel blesssed by the realization that I can help encourage a young girl who lives thousands of miles away and the reminder that God has given me so much.