Hope. It is the powerful message of the Christmas season and it is everywhere in our Mully Children's Family. Hope is present in your support, the life-saving work, and in the loving vision of Dr. Charles and Esther Mulli. So, in writing you this Christmas, instead of dwelling on the challenges of 2020, I want to bring you a message of hope.
"Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope," said Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in his famous "I have a dream" speech. For me, this quote captures the story of Evelyn, a young woman whom you have supported over the past few years. Evelyn is the eldest of four children. Her start in life was not easy. Each day, her father would leave the house to find some work, and then usually, without success, go drinking. Each night he returned home with alcohol and anger on his breath.
His anger would turn to violence and he would beat her mother. All four children witnessed this most nights. When Evelyn was in grade 2, her mother had to make a tough decision– she ran away from violence and she ran away from her family.
For a while, her father tried to care for his children, but he could not maintain stable employment. Ultimately, Evelyn and her siblings went to her grandparents' home. But her grandparents struggled to support 4 growing grandchildren. They had no stable source of income. They reached out to their own children, Evelyn's aunts and uncles, for help. None was given.
"Most of the time, I slept hungry because food was never guaranteed. I walked barefooted because there was no one to provide for my clothing,” she reflects.
Evelyn's poverty was deep. Her grandparents could not afford school fees, so she usually stayed home to care for her younger siblings. Yet, with her grandfather's love, she managed. When he passed away, her situation became dire.