There are a lot of things in life that are easy to take for granted. Having a job, for one. Having a good education that has allowed you to find the job that are in. Being cared and provided for as a child. Being able to care and provide for your own children - be it looking after their nutrition or ensuring a good eductiion. Knowing that even while you are out at work your children are being well looked after, whether at home or at school. All of these things, and many more, have been presented to us through the luck of our birth. Along with hard work, our families or societies were able to smooth our path to the positions where we all find ourselves today. And we will do the same for our children, and on for generations.
But what of those who are not fortunate enough to be carried on by such a virtuous cycle. Consider the parents who, denied a proper education by politics or poverty, must wake early and travel hours to and from jobs that barely keep the lights on and the food on the table. The children of these parents who, through no fault of their own, are destined to suffer the same fate.
Through the Little Lambs Christian Daycare centre we are offered an opportunity to allow our good fortune to become the seeds of better luck for others. Little Lambs is a daycare facility for the people of Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay, South Africa, where children are cared for in a loving environment and are taught Christian values, simple life skills and are prepared for formal schooling. The centre provides the children with balanced nutrition that is a crucial factor in their early physical and mental development while enabling their parents to continue to work for the family, knowing that their children are being provided with suitable and reliable care while they are away from home.
From it's first steps in 1999 when Marlena & Johann van der Walt, members of the Vineyard Church in Hout Bay, started encouraging unemployed church members to begin caring for the toddlers of working parents, Little Lambs has grown into a well-organized day-care centre with it's own property in Imizamo Yethu. While Little Lambs receives some government grants and nominal fees from parents, most of this growth has been achieved through people like us who have seen and embraced the opportunity to uplift others and to break the cycle of poverty.
Whether through the frantic pace of modern life, or simply the daily demands and distractions of our own families, it is easy to forget how privileged we are - how we have been gifted all the good in our lives, while others struggle without any. A better world is one where all have the opportunities we have had - and we can bring that world into being.