How Are We Different? (A Parable)
There once was a poor man who sat by the roadside every day and begged for money. He had nothing, no way to help himself, change his situation, and no means of bettering his life. He was just trying to get by. Many good-hearted people saw his situation, giving him a quarter here, or a dollar there, and he always scraped through with just enough to survive. Thanks to the good-hearted people, survival became his motive. He was content because he knew nothing else.
One day everything changed. A man of means came by and sat beside him, asking him about his story. After listening to his story, the man of means invited him to his house. He gave him clothes to wear, food to eat, a room of his own, and sent him to school where he learned a viable trade. In time, the poor man became an electrician – quite a good one in fact, because he was able to concentrate on learning for the first time in his life. Now, he didn’t worry about food, shelter, or any other basic necessity. Instead, he focused his attention on bettering himself. He was given an opportunity. He had not been in a bad situation by choice; he was there because he had no option. The man of means saw potential in him and offered the opportunity to move beyond surviving, to thriving.
At Possibilities House for Children Inc., we don’t just donate money to children to help them survive. We’re establishing footholds of deep, holistic care for orphaned and vulnerable children. Our goal isn’t a temporary fix or short-term relief. We’re committed to helping any and all orphaned and vulnerable children eradicate all forms of generational poverty in their lives: spiritual, physical, educational, emotional and social.