Can you believe we have 200-plus children who are being impacted by ACE and you, the sponsors in America? We’d like to share two stories among many of where the sponsors not only insure the children get what they need to go to school and learn but get an above-and-beyond gift that is hard to beat.
He’s young, he’s cool, but he was bathroom-less. That’s right. Had to go? Go outside. Need a shower? Go to the creek. Schedule your other business around school bathrooms… until his sponsors decided that everyone deserves at least a toilet. We agreed.
With the funding for the bathroom and a little more help from ACE, this child and his mother now tinkle inside and, well, what can we say other than a big “Thank You” for recognizing this need and making a huge impact on the family life at home.
When you see a face like this, you wonder why he isn’t on the front page of the Jamaica tourist guide somewhere. Tyrick is 10 years old and has never attended school because he was born with no feeling from his stomach down. This means, he cannot control his bowels and must wear a diaper all his life. He cannot walk, but, boy, he is smart, and thanks to his sponsors, Scott and Jill Springer, they decided to do what they could to get this wonderful child out of the wheelchair at home and into the classroom at Galina. We had some hurdles to jump through, though. The school had no way of changing him, and it was difficult getting him to and from school.
That’s where his U.S. family stepped in, along with Lecepth and other ACE staff members who pushed to get the school to take Tyrick; arrangements were made to employ his uncle (who had not been working) by paying him to take Tyrick to school. Now, each school day, Uncle Randel puts Tyrick on his back and walks him about a half mile to school over the coral, drops him off and goes back at lunch to change him. Then, in the afternoon, he goes back again to pick him up and carry him home. Tyrick – for the first time in his life – is now a student and not just a child. He’s thrilled and, quite frankly, we are, too, as are his uncle and family.
It’s not magic; it’s just a God thing. Don’t ever stop caring. It changes these children’s lives and the lives of their families. Thank you, supporters, for helping without hurting.