In December we met Kenzy. Her mother had just passed away from breast cancer and she was living with her maternal grandmother. Grandma was helping out at the school and would bring Kenzy each day. The "kid magnets" on our team tried to get her to smile. But she wouldn't. They tried to get her to play. She wouldn't budge. I'm not sure I ever saw her smile that week. She was grieving. Lost without her Mom.
Her grandmother told stories of how Kenzy would wake up, begging to be taken to her mother's grave. Once there she would refuse to leave. I told Delmi that week, "Kenzy needs to be at Casita." We had an emergency fund that made it possible for Kenzy to start school in January. Delmi told me in April that she was thriving and we prayed that God would provide a permanent sponsor for her.
When we walked into the school a few weeks ago I could not believe my eyes! Kenzy was a different child! There just are no words to describe the difference in her. I found myself over the next few weeks just watching her. She's spunky, full of life, determined. The only time I saw her cry was when she was exhausted one afternoon. Most days I would stop in my tracks when I walked by her because she is just so different!
Casita is a safe place. It's a place of healing where kids can leave the stress of life at the front door and play, learn, eat, grow, and be loved. It's where they find their purpose and know that someone cares for them. I'm thankful that Casita exists for kids like Kenzy.
And God provided a sponsor for her through one of the families on our first team. They are the perfect fit for Kenzy and I can't wait to see how God blesses their relationship!
Caroline's Promise is blessed to partner with churches in Guatemala and Guyana to meet the needs of orphans and vulnerable children in their communities. One way we do that is through child sponsorship. If you would like to invest in the life of a little one like Kenzy, please contact us!