May 4, 2012
Greetings and happy
Today it’s my pleasure to bring you a story from our distribution partner, World Vision. I want to thank World Vision and Collins Kuamba for bringing this story to us all the way from Zambia.
Eugene, 15, has suffered for a long time now. For all these years, he has been struggling to walk. His childhood has been almost more sadness than happiness—because of his disability his father rejected him after his birth. His uncle, Michael, now takes care of him. They live with 11 children; only four are Michael’s, the rest are orphans.
“I never thought of ever having a wheelchair for Eugene before because I knew I could not afford it. Having such a gift means more than what some can expect in their lifetime…Now that he has got a wheelchair, I will enroll him again in school so that he can start learning again—he had to stop because we could not carry him every day. I know he will do well and have a bright future,” says Michael.
Eugene is excited that he will start school again with his wheelchair—his smile is bigger than ever. He is already dreaming big; “I want to be a police officer when I finish school,” says Eugene, “so that I can deal with criminals.”
Big dreams, bigger hearts. Eugene’s story is heart-wrenching at first, but brighter and brighter everyday because people like you are willing to make a difference. Thank you so much for continuing to make stories like Eugene’s possible.