A 6 years old, maybe? Clad in a white sleeveless shirt & brown overalls, with no socks or shoes, this homeless child is staring at a board (a game, perhaps?), while his relatives play in the background, on what appears to be a disarrayed bed-frame. The four-year old plays with the bed-frame, while the other stares adrift, dangling his feet above the bedpost. They appear to be having fun. Their feet are ‘muddied’ up a bit, from walking bare-feet on the streets . Their clothes, on the other hand, appear to be in “good” condition. But, like any image, this is completely deceptive of reality. They are making the most of their childhood, simply by “getting by.”
But, not all childhoods are like this… Is what they are doing really ‘fun’? Most children nowadays have fun reading The Hunger Games/Harry Potter series, watching the latest Sponge-bob Squarepants on the Disney Channel, and playing the latest videogames on their Nintendo or Playstation game consoles. After closer examination, I conclude that what appears to be an empty bedframe may actually be their ‘home.’
I have some questions, though. When was the last time they had breakfast or dinner? In 10 days, will those shirts still be that clean? Or, will they be as ragged and torn-up as a ship lost in a tempestuous sea? What about their hygiene and personal health? When was the last time they brushed or flossed their teeth? Are these homeless children attending school and learning how to read and write?
Things that you and I take for granted… are what these children are missing in their lives.
Situations like this really strike a chord in my heart and inspire me to help as many homeless children & families as possible. If my iCARE Campaign has the potential to start a ripple in transforming the lives of the homeless, then my goal will be accomplished!
Enriching the lives of homeless children like those in the picture… is worth more than a thousand words.