RSMI Schools & Orphans
Care for Children: Spiritual – Emotional – Intellectual – Physical
Children Need Wholeness!
Memories of our Childhood
Wholeness is what children need. Yet, our memories contribute to who we are. In a sense, these memories are the building blocks of our lives.
Our hopes and dreams were most likely boundless and unreserved if we were raised in a healthy environment. Yet, what would our memories be like if we had been raised in an atmosphere of systemic poverty?
It’s the Same and It’s Not
In developing nations, children still dream big dreams, yet the stark reality of their environment limits their hope. An at-risk child’s hope, rather than being boundless and unreserved, is many times set within the parameters of their surroundings or situation. Therefore, while children raised in many cultures may show their hope in a straightforward or uninhibited manner, those children of developing nations, by necessity, could be guarded in their expectations.
No one has an identical set of experiences, and to a certain extent, that’s good. Some might remember joy and laughter; family involvements that, when recalled, fill them with warmth.
On the other hand, some might barely remember their childhood, having blocked out the memories because they are too challenging to deal with.
Most likely, people’s experiences are somewhere in between, with both good and bad in different levels somehow synthesized into a general sense of well-being or the lack of it.
The Hope of a Child
Children of neglect, abuse, or systemic poverty often accept their situation. These children do not spend their current days thinking about the days to come; instead, they are centered on the needs for that day. They are forced to live in the moment, not thinking through a framework of a hope that is always future and consequently might never be a reality.
A Growing Crisis
There is a crisis of increasing proportions globally, the plight of at-risk children. Extreme poverty, abuse, human trafficking, hunger, famine, disease, and the day-to-day struggle for survival are far from uncommon.
Many children in Africa have lost either one or both parents due to HIV/aids or war. Of these, a large percentage are themselves HIV positive.
What Risen Scepter is Doing
RSMI is reaching out to vulnerable children with a multi-focused approach to transform lives and increase the quality of their existence. Whether through our Schools and Orphanages initiative or the One Child at a Time Program, Risen Scepter is touching these young lives.
Simple hygiene education along with training of participating family members is essential. If guardians or extended family are involved, they are incorporated into the process, being encouraged to learn parenting skills, nutritional training, and conflict resolution. These tools are also essential to bring stability and wholeness to the family unit. And, of course, most importantly, spiritual nourishment and biblical training for a well-rounded approach are strongly emphasized.