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Risking Snakes and Charging Elephants for an Education

After her husband abandoned her, Mpotlo was left to raise their three children alone. She dreamed of her children going to school, but the five-mile walk was much too dangerous. Read Transcript


Reporter: MPOTLO'S HUSBAND

ABANDONED HER, LEAVING HER TO RAISE

THEIR THREE CHILDREN ALONE.

SHE SPENDS MOST OF HER DAY

COLLECTING FIREWOOD AND SMALL BITS

OF LEFT OVER CHARCOAL

TO SELL ON THE MARKET.

EVEN THOUGH SHE ISN'T EDUCATED,

SHE ALWAYS DREAMED HER CHILDREN

WOULD GO TO SCHOOL,

BUT THE NEAREST SCHOOL WAS

MORE THAN FIVE MILES AWAY.

THE ROUTE TO SCHOOL IS

VERY DANGEROUS FOR THE

CHILDREN.

THERE ARE ELEPHANTS AND

SNAKES.

SOMETIMES THE ELEPHANTS

ATTACK CHILDREN.

SO I CAN'T RISK SENDING MY

KIDS TO SCHOOL.

Reporter: DOZENS OF

FAMILIES IN THIS AREA FACED

THE SAME PROBLEM.

SO RECENTLY "OPERATION

BLESSING" BUILT A CHRISTIAN

SCHOOL JUST A FEW MINUTES'

WALK FROM THEIR HOUSES.

I NEVER THOUGHT MY

CHILDREN WOULD GET AN

EDUCATION.

NOW I CAN WALK MY KIDS TO

SCHOOL AND START WORKING.

EVERYONE HERE IS VERY

GRATEFUL.

Reporter: WHILE WE WERE

THERE, WE TOOK THEM MORE

THAN A MONTH'S WORTH OF

FOOD, AND SHE WAS

OVERWHELMED.

AT THE TIME, WE DIDN'T EVEN

REALIZE WHAT A BLESSING IT

WOULD BE TO HER.

WE FOUND OUT SHE RAN OUT OF

FOOD COMPLETELY LAST NIGHT.

THE KIDS WENT TO SCHOOL

HUNGRY, AND SHE HAD NO IDEA

HOW SHE WAS GOING TO FEED

THEM TONIGHT.rgrg

REALLY, OUR HELP CAME AT

JUST THE RIGHT TIME.

I DID NOT KNOW HOW WE

WOULD SURVIVE TODAY.

I'M GRATEFUL TO GOD FOR YOUR

BLESSING.

WE HAVE NEVER HAD SO MUCH

FOOD.

Reporter: WE'LL KEEP

GIVING THIS FAMILY FOOD

UNTIL THEY CAN GET AHEAD A

LITTLE BIT.

AND "OPERATION BLESSING" IS

ALSO TEACHING HER HOW TO

FARM HER LAND, SO SHE WON'T

HAVE TO DO SUCH

BACK-BREAKING WORK EVERY

DAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL

YOU ARE DOING.

OUR CHILDREN HAVE BEEN

SUFFERING.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US.

I PRAY FOR "OPERATION

BLESSING" OFTEN.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU.

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