In honor of Mother’s Day, May 13, we asked bloggers to share their thoughts on motherhood -- and the importance of caring for children who have experienced the loss of a parent. Every day through Mother’s Day, we will feature a different blogger to remind us to appreciate mothers and care for those who are hurting. Today's post comes from Jill, who has previously contributed to the World Vision Blog during our 12 blogs of Christmas series.
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Thabiso Setona was orphaned at 14. He was left to parent his younger sister and raise his father’s cattle. He lives in Lesotho, where most people live on less than $1.25 a day.
In Lesotho, cattle are a precious commodity. To tend to them, he must live in huts in the hills with only the most basic amenities. His job is to make sure his cattle survive, even if it means he himself will go hungry. Herd boys are isolated and nomadic. They are also uneducated, having to drop out of school to work for their families.
This is Thabiso’s life.
When my husband, Ryan, asked me today what I wanted for Mother’s Day, I honestly had a hard time thinking of anything I needed. I mean, I could think of a lot of “stuff” that I suppose would make me happy. I am forever chasing after stuff. But my life is a charmed one. “Stuff” is the last thing I need.
For Thabiso and other herd boys in Lesotho, World Vision provides a support system through education and provisions. They are able to go to school, reduce their risk of HIV infection, and improve their social behavior.
This post isn’t to make you feel guilty. Sometimes I tune out from stories about how other people live in other parts of the world, because it is just too much. But on Mother’s Day, as I reflect on how blessed I am to be a mom and to have been mothered by such a great mom, I can’t help but think of those who are motherless.
What is so incredible about Thabiso’s story is that someone has stepped in to be a mother and father to him. Thabiso is in World Vision’s program. His basic needs are provided for -- and, despite his nomadic lifestyle, he is receiving an education. One of the most important aspects of his education is HIV and AIDS training, as he is at high risk due to misconceptions and lack of understanding in his country.
There are hundreds of boys with the same story as Thabiso -- hundreds of boys whose lives are made better because World Vision has decided they are worth caring for. As a mother, something in me wants to scoop up all the children who have lost parents, bring them into my home, and give them the life my kids have. Since I can’t do that, I am so thankful World Vision exists.
In honor of Mother's Day, will you consider sponsoring a child who has lost a parent? You can become a new parental figure to these children -- from halfway across the globe.
Psalm 68 tells us that God is the "father to the fatherless." I think this is a powerful example of us being his hands and feet here on earth.
Read related posts in our Mother's Day series:
Consider sponsoring a child who has lost a parent. Your support will help bring life-giving necessities such as nutritious food, clean water, education, and healthcare. You will also have the opportunity to develop a personal, lasting relationship with your sponsored child through cards and letters.