My friend Chikondi sent me a Facebook message this week. She lives in Malawi, Africa and leads a ministry for children that were living on the street and now live in an orphanage called the “Safe Haven”. Chikondi asked if I could help find a way to send the kids to the lake.
“The lake” is Lake Malawi, the 8th largest lake in the world. It spans the whole length of the country and looks like the ocean. For children in Malawi, going to the lake is a dream, the trip of a lifetime. While the kids Chikondi works with are just a couple of hours away from the lake, many have never had the opportunity to visit. (In a country where most families still live on less than $1 a day, a trip to the lake is not in the budget.)
Last year, I had the amazing opportunity of traveling to the lake with some of the boys who were visiting for the first time. Their excitement was contagious. Everything was an adventure and they seized each minute they had. I enjoyed watching them play together in the lake, where even the older teens played like young boys. The moment of triumph really came when our rag-tag group of kids played a local soccer team in a game of beach soccer. The local team had matching uniforms and were all 16-20 years old, while our group of teens proudly adorned their recently tie-dyed t-shirts. A close match, the SafeHaven boys came out with the win and celebrated with a team sprint back into the lake!
This week only, we are RAISING the price of our SafeHaven bracelets... we are having an Un-Sale so that we can help send kids to the lake. These $15 bracelets were handmade by the SafeHaven boys, a hobby that allows them to help support their home. This week, when you buy a bracelet, you send one child to the lake!