Looking through the photos of Kechene (and this is still just a smattering), I found myself pondering on a paragraph of Tom Davis' book Priceless.
"The hard part was getting them to act natural, especially the kids, who would pose like Ice-T, with a crazy gang hand symbol. I remember Mac saying, "Good God, of everything they could get from Western culture, the end up with gangsta rap?"
I didn't put in many of the crazy gangsta rap posers. Who wants to see an African child acting like they sell drugs on the corner?
But aren't these kids gorgeous? I mean, seriously, who could screw up a photo as long as the kid wasn't trying to look like a pimp?
We loved Kechene. The teacher oozed joy. The workers oozed joy. The children oozed joy. It was Genna (Christmas) Eve, so they had to scamper all over town to find all of our kids who had communication from their sponsors.
It was a radically wild day that I will never forget.
If you would like to sponsor a child through Children's HopeChest, there are many more where these came from. (I am happy to report that ALL of these children are spoken for!). Just visit www.hopechest.org and they will get you started.