I am concerned about my growing insensitivity to the victims of tragedy and misfortune. Continuous news of terrorist attacks, beheadings, religious genocide, health epidemics, and racial unrest seems to have dulled my sense of compassion and created a growing feeling of indifference to the world around me. It’s becoming too easy for me to turn the page to the next story or switch channels to check the score of the game.
A few days ago, all that changed. I learned about a 12-year-old orphan girl in Uganda named Samantha Anywar. Samantha slipped in the bathroom in January and hit her head. She underwent surgery to remove blood from her brain and then was placed on life support. She is now in intensive care with good prospects to make a full recovery.
I know about Samantha Anywar because for the past 7 years, I’ve worked closely with an internationally recognized humanitarian organization in Uganda called Friends of Orphans. They have been caring for Samantha since her mother passed away when she was 5, and they have covered her medical bills which have totaled about $20,000 to date. They have exhausted their financial resources and have asked XSlaves.org (the non-profit organization of which I am Chairman) to help raise the $10,000 necessary to continue Samantha’s treatment. Without the funding, her treatments will stop and Samantha will die. We only have until March 19th to raise the money.
You might ask, as my own family did, “Why focus time and money on trying to save one child in Africa when there are billions of people starving and many others who are suffering? Why concentrate the money on one person when so many people could be helped by allocating those financial resources to other projects that can have a broader impact?” These are really good questions to which I don’t really have an answer. Maybe they are right. I just don’t know. What I do know, however, is that Samantha was put in my path for a reason. Now that I know her situation and know that I have the capability of raising the money, how can I turn my back on her? Maybe it took a 12-year-old orphan girl who needs help to awaken my sense of compassion and arrest the indifference that has crept into my life.
I hope you will take the time to learn about Samantha’s story in this 2-minute video. If you stumble on the same questions my family asked above or decide this is not your thing, I totally get it and respect that point of view. On the other hand, if you decide you would like to help Save Samantha’s Life, please share Samantha’s story with as many people as possible. If you would like to donate, you can either do so online at http://www.fundme.com/en/projects/17377-Saving-Samantha-s-Life or you can write a check made out to “XSlaves.org” and mail it to:
PO Box 2672
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
We’ll send you a tax-deductible receipt. Remember we only have until March 19th to raise the funds. Thanks so much for doing whatever you can to help Save Samantha’s life.
Soli Deo Gloria