On the second of December 2016, the Mandela Children’s Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg South Africa was opened. It is South Africa’s second hospital catering exclusively to children besides the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. The state-of-the-art facility, which cost R1 billion to build and equip, will be free to those who cannot afford it. Most of the operating theatres will have video technology allowing doctors to watch or participate in surgeries from anywhere in the world. There will be a bed for a parent next to that of each patient and free accommodation for families who live far away. As I reflect on this inspirational project and those who helped realize Mandela’s vision, I cannot but ask this question. What are we doing for the children? According to a reliable source, over 400 million abandoned children live on their own on the streets of hundreds of cities around the world. These children subsist hand to mouth and struggle to just survive the day. This week, let’s think and pray for these children. Furthermore, let our religion not only involve visiting these children but also supporting with our resources organizations reaching out to them.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” ~ Scripture
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