Rebecca's amazing transformation

I first met Rebeca in 1999. Her family lived behind the site of the orphanage our group was building in Lemoa. She and her siblings sat outside every day to watch the commotion. Team members would spend time playing with the kids, which is how I met her. At a very young age she was already caring for her four younger siblings.

Once the orphanage was completed, I began to stay longer in Lemoa to help out at the facility.  Whenever I went out the back door, there she was. Eventually my Spanish got to the point where we could have a decent conversation. One day we were talking about favorite foods, and she mentioned that she loved milk, but rarely drank it. When I asked her why not, she gave me an “are you serious?” look. Some quick research revealed that the price of milk was far out of the range of most residents of Lemoa. Thus, in 2002 the Christmas Milk Program was born... [ read more ]

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