On May 31st, 2012 the Maxwell family boarded a plane and moved to Swaziland to live at Project Canaan. I hope to update my blog on Saturday mornings and share, as honestly as I can, the highs and lows of our life in Africa. We are living on a farm in a remote part of this tiny Kingdom and are serving the community as well as the orphans and vulnerable children of the nation. The 365 day count down started on June 1st, 2011, but the real journey begins now. Thanks for joining us.
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Saturday, May 20, 2017
Why are people so nasty?
Aphiwe and Brooke
We have the opportunity to squeeze 240 boxes of diapers and
wipes in to a 20ft container in Canada that is coming to us filled with donated
educational supplies.We don’t
want to ship the container with any empty space so we have actively been asking
our Canadian friends to shop at Amazon in Canada http://bit.ly/2017diaperdrivecanada
and buy diapers and wipes to fill the container.We have received 90 of the 240 boxes that we desire.
We needed a
place for those diapers to be shipped and a dear friend agreed to have them
shipped to her school, but they could only be there for a week due to limited
space.So another friend said she
would be happy to borrow/rent a truck, go to the school and pick up the boxes
and store them in her garage until the time of packing the container.I love my friends.
I was so
thrilled to see how smoothly this all happened with many people offering their
assistance.I saw photos on Facebook
of the diapers being loaded in to the big box truck and volunteers happy to be
involved.It made my heart happy.
Then there was
the Facebook comment.
these happy photos was a comment (I have permission to share this) that read
“Why are you sending those diapers to Africa when you should be sending them to
the flood victims in Quebec?”
Honestly, I was
shocked.And I know I shouldn’t be
because people post stupid comments on social media all the time, but
really??Why should you send diapers
to orphans in Africa who don’t have parents to care for them?
I am proud to be
a Canadian. I love that when
tragedy or natural disasters strike we have a country where family helps
family, neighbors help neighbors and communities help communities. Many of us
also have the opportunity to purchase insurance and then there are our
Provincial and Federal governments who quickly jump in to help those in
need.It may not be perfect (and
yes our taxes are high), but I am proud that the system works better than most.When there is a problem, Canadians know
that help is on the way.
I am now living
in a country where families have nothing to give other families. Babies are
dumped in out door toilets to die because young mothers have no food or even a
blanket to wrap them in. Children die of malnutrition and neglect, right in
front of our eyes, because we just don’t have the resources to save everyone.In fact, just this week we saw an
8-month-old in our own immediate community die and we will have to bury him on
Monday.(Note, this is not a baby
who lives at our baby home).
I am thankful
that there are people who are helping my neighbors in Quebec who are in need,
but to the lady who posted that comment … I hope you are actively involved in
helping in Quebec, not just sitting on the sidelines taking pot shots at others
trying to help orphans in need. Furthermore, stop being so nasty.
For those of you
who support other charities, ministries and organizations either financially or
with your time, I THANK YOU!There are a lot of people who need a lot of help around the world. I
encourage everyone reading this today to get involved SOMEWHERE. It could be in
Quebec, it could be in Swaziland or it could be right in your own
It takes a
village to raise a child. Please be active in your own village and for a very
small group of you, please stop being critical of people for helping in a
Swaziland … thankful for all who can help us.