A Message from Mark Hanlon
What room in your house do you appreciate the most? The kitchen where you prepare your meals? The living room where your family spends time together?
I would guess that most of us don’t automatically think of the bathroom. It’s certainly not the most romantic room. And I know it’s the one we usually dread cleaning the most!
But what if your home didn’t have a bathroom? No running water. No shower or toilet. That’s the reality for the vast majority of the families we minister to around the world. And it’s not just an inconvenience. Lack of a sanitary bathroom and clean water makes it so much harder for a child to wash his hands or bathe.
That’s why I hope you’ll read David’s story in this month’s prayer calendar. As a child growing up in Kenya, he literally prayed for a clean bathroom. And at his Compassion center, that prayer was answered.
This month, would you pray for children like David who have to spend their childhoods worrying about where they’ll find a bathroom — something we take for granted every day? Pray for their health and protection. And pray that Compassion will continue to provide a safe place for children to learn and grow.
Thank you as always for your continued prayers. We so appreciate all that you do on behalf of these children we serve together!
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- We praise God that 15-year-old Karla from El Salvador, who was hospitalized due to hydrocephaly, had successful surgery and is now back home!.
- We praise God for healing 39 children from malaria, 16 children from viral fever, six children from diarrhea and two children from chickenpox all from a center in India.
- We praise God that 5-year-old George in Ghana, who was paralyzed after a sickle cell anemia crisis, is improving and getting better every day.
- We praise God for healing Guadalupe in Honduras who had been hospitalized due to a bacterial blood infection and is now well and has returned to school.
The school that I attended in Kenya had pit latrine toilets. That means it didn’t have a toilet seat, and was just a damp hole. I had to wear plastic bags on my feet so that I wouldn’t step on human waste barefooted. We never had a sink to wash our hands as the closest we came to having water was from the nearby river.
At the age of 12, I almost lost my only sister to typhoid, which was a result of poor hygiene. This was very terrifying as I saw kids die in my village because of preventable illnesses such as cholera, typhoid and diarrhea.
I only had one day in a week when I didn’t worry about going to the toilet. This was at the Compassion center where we had clean toilets, a sink to wash our hands, and soap to go with it. We also had hygiene class where we were taught the importance of cleaning our hands after using the toilet. The Compassion hygiene lesson paid off as my sister never got sick again.
As you enjoy a clean toilet with a running-water sink, please pray for all the kids who have to worry about cholera, typhoid and diarrhea due to dirty toilets.
David Kirika is a comedian and the co-founder of Youth Arise Africa, a nonprofit organization that mentors fatherless boys and girls in Nairobi, Kenya.