Rescuing handicapped children from murder

Grace is a trained psychologist from Northern Kenya who went in search of handicapped children in Samburu, Kenya, to see if she could help. She couldn't find any. She wondered where they could be. After much work, she discovered they were being hidden by family members in dark room or cages, and many had been allowed to die or were killed by their parents. In the Samburu culture, a handicapped child is considered a curse or bad omen, and many are afraid it will "spread" to their precious cows or goats. Grace started with a handful of kids at her SHERP home, and she now has 136 children.  Some blind, some deaf, some both, some unable to walk, many some unable to speak, some with brain trauma, and some with HIV in addition to their handicap.
I would have imagined a home for 136 handicapped kids would be pure bedlam, but instead I found a clean and well organized centre with happy children. I was very impressed. GO Campaign gave a small grant a few months ago to SHERP to buy beds and linens for the kids, and they proudly showed me the results of the grant.  The kids are now warm at night, and they are sleeping on thick mattresses for the first time in their lives.
One young boy was following me around, asking me to take his picture.  At some point, tired of taking his picture, I gave him a short hug instead. He hugged me back so tight, grabbing on to my waist and legs with the biggest smile I have seen – it was a 30 second hug that I hated to break off – Obviously I couldn't snap a photo of it, but I hope I can keep the picture in my mind for  a long time.
I decided to use the last of my TGO.TV money ( on bananas and oranges for the kids. So I went into town, found a fruit seller, and bought 135 bananas and a136 oranges.  Later, I went over the centre's finances with Grace and inspected her books (she runs on a deficit every year), and I'm hoping we can get a SHERP project up on the GO Campaign website later this year so folks can donate to help the fantastic work she's doing. Her goal is to rehabilitate as many as possible, and to educate parents and the community, so that the kids can grow up and find a place in society. She's already had some success in sending kids back to families and even some to college. It was a bit of adventure to get this far into the outer reaches of Kenya, but it was worth it just to see this gem of a project.