Monday, February 23, 2009

The Net's Funniest Guy Not Joking

Iowahawk is probably the funniest political humor site on the internet. You go there for a great big laugh in the middle of a lousy day. Not today. Regarding the pic here he writes:

This is Bakouma Kpatekatola, a young man from the West African nation of Togo. In 2003, when Bakouma was 9 years old, my family became his sponsor through the Childreach-Plan USA organization. In the years since we became occasional pen pals; a few times a year we'd get a letter from him, in his native French, along with an English translation from his caseworker. Sometimes he spoke of coming to America. At Christmas the letters would contain a photo, which we ritually magnetted up on the fridge to chronicle his growth. We reciprocated with our family pictures. I sometimes wondered if he wondered about us like we wondered about him. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I didn't really notice when we didn't receive his annual Christmas letter last year. Yesterday we received a letter from his caseworker explaining why: Bakouma died in December of malaria. He was 14 years old.

Go there to find out the terrible and avoidable reason why and learn what you can do about it.

I might also put in a plug for Kansas City's own Christian Foundation for Children and Aging which also does great work assisting children in other countries through sponsorships.