Ministering to all of the needs (physical, health, emotional, behavioral, educational, spiritual) of a child means that no day is the same for a Kunda staff member. Some days run smoothly where a staff member is able to conduct home visits, school visits, make arrangements to pay for school fees, and finish paperwork.
But most days there are unexpected interruptions. For example, one day a mother came with her daughter to one of our branches to say that due to some poor decision the daughter had made at school. This decision resulted in her being expelled from school. We at Best Family Rwanda consider ourselves the parents of these children, so instead of just removing the child from the BFR program, we take the time to advise and discipline the child, to find out what the problems really are, and to come up with solutions together with their caregiver.
Another day we received a phone call that one of our children had been sent to the health center from school after she fainted in class. Instead of noting this down and doing nothing (as we were busy that day), we dropped what we were doing and went to the Health Center to assess the situation and provide assistance and advice.
The way we care for our children is so refreshing for me as I was educated and worked as a social worker in a Western context where we were taught to have strict professional boundaries and not to be emotionally invested in the children we were working with. I love that all of the Best Family Rwanda workers remain professional while having a strong duty of care, love, and responsibility for the children that we work with.
As their parents, we literally pray with, laugh, and cry with our children. We know that many of our sponsors and supporters feel like parents to our children too and do what you can to encourage and show love to our children.
Psalm 127:3-5 says,
Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.
We are truly blessed!