It's a cold, wet, miserable Sunday. However we have just had pizza with the Addisons and that was great. Pete makes the best pizza.
Thanks everyone for the interest in the "One in a Million" campaign. It's just so encouraging. After today I am even more certain of the need to bring our children into town from Willow Park. It is freezing out there. The kids must really be suffering, especially the little ones who always seem to have cold hands and feet.
Another two children were placed in our care on Thursday...15 year Beauty and her 7 month old baby girl . Beauty was forced to become the younger wife to her mother's boyfriend. When a neighbour heard about this she reported it to the police and Beauty was removed from this man's home. He was very angry and threatened to come after her. She is in our care temporarily, for her own protection. Beauty has never been to school and has no idea of her actual age. When the police first interviewed her she told them she was 19 because she waas scared of getting into trouble. The police then dropped the charges because she was not a minor. It's a really messy situation and I am not sure what the outcome will be. We will have to see. It's so hard to know what to do with this young lady. I can't put her into school. She is too old to be starting grade one, and the baby complicates matters even more. We have a few girls with us in similar situations to Beauty. We will probably put them into a skills training program and hopefully they will become self sufficient and be able to support themselves and their children. Whilst the police tell us we will ony have Beauty and her daughter for short time, I know, from experience that it does not work out that way and it's more than likely that Beauty will remain with us until she is 18 years old.
I have to make another a very difficult decision tomorrow. One of our girls who has been with us for a few years now is pregnant. This girl came to us after her father threw boiling water over her. During the last school holidays she went home to her mother, and that's when she became pregnant. We called her mother in on Friday to talk to her. Obviously she is devastated!! She told us that the reason the father threw boiling water over her daughter was because he caught her with a boy. The mother is terrified that if we send her home the father will kill her. According to her mother he actually has the potential to do that. I am angry and frustrated and just not sure what to do with this child. I have never faced a situation like this before. Your prayers would be greatly appreciated.