For most children in Lusaka, Zambia, life is a daily struggle. Food, clothing, education, and shelter are not guarantees, and, most tragically, neither is love. Many are orphans; in fact, a full 12 percent of Zambia’s population is orphan children (click here to read more about these statistics). They are forced to grow up quickly, facing the harsh realities of life in a third world country.
However, for one week, thousands of Zambian orphans attend Family Legacy’s Camp Life. Here, they encounter pure joy and an abundance of love. They are hugged, spun around, listened to. They laugh, sing, dance. It is an oasis for them amidst a life full of hardship. (continued below picture)
The two girls in this photo may never see one another again on this earth, but the connection they share is eternal, their embrace more meaningful than I can imagine. The smiling face of the young, likely orphaned Zambian girl says it all. This may be the first time anyone has ever wrapped their arms around her, spun around, and let her be a child.