Thomas Rhett's wife, Lauren Akins is back in Uganda, assisting 147 Million Orphans -- a charity near and dear to Lauren and Thomas's heart.
As you know, their oldest daughter Willa Gray was an orphaned child who they adopted and brought home to the United States.
While Lauren did share a photo surrounded by smiling children who the charity is caring for, she also shared photographs of an orphan's journey to the charity, and the heartbreaking reality of his life before he was found.
can't believe I'm already back in my happy place so soon after Willa Gray came home ???????????? (weird feeling not having my baby here with me this time!)
274.8k Likes, 413 Comments - Lauren Akins (@laur_akins) on Instagram: "can't believe I'm already back in my happy place so soon after Willa Gray came home ???????????? (weird..."
Lauren introduced her social media followers to Frances, an orphan who is about five years old. When he was found, he weighed only about 12 pounds because he was extremely malnourished. He had no one to take care of him, and no one to love him. Some of the villagers in his community would bring him small amounts of food in a bowl. The youngster would sit in the dirt, outside, exposed to all the elements each day. Beyond how he was found, Lauren said when he arrived at the orphanage, he would cry whenever anyone tried to cloth him or love on him -- Because he was scared and not used to anyone caring for him.
Lauren showed several photos of Frances' life before being brought to the center, but she also showed fans how much he is thriving now that he is healthy and being cared for. Towards the end of the post, she told her fans that there are so many other children at the center who have stories just like Frances' and she urged people to donate to 147 Million Orphans if they are able to help.
So this is sweet little Frances. And if you scroll through these pics **WARNING some of them are hard to look at-but it was his reality** he was found by our @147millionorphans ground team in Masindi, Uganda. He is a total orphan, meaning no living relatives, he weighed about 12 pounds-yet he's about 5 years old. The reason he looked like he did is because of complete malnourishment, he had no one to care for him. The community would put cassava root in a little bowl and he just sat there in the dirt with jiggers eating up his fingernails, no clothes and barely anything to eat. Enoch, on our 147 team, took him to the hospital then brought him to our new 147 Million Orphans Reclaim Center. He cried when anyone touched him, and he cried when they tried to put clothes on him because he wasn't used to any loving human touch. He had no idea how to accept it. Oh my goodness. TODAY he's not even the same child, thank you Jesus. He loves to be loved now not only from Ugandans but mzungus (white people) too ???????? now he has clothes, his fingernails are almost completely healed, and he has yummy healthy food and water, medicine, education and shelter-all of this provided by @147millionorphans in Jesus' name ???????????? y'all he's the most precious little boy and there are many more just like him. So many of y'all ask me how to help. A huge way to help is by donating to @147millionorphans and giving children like little Frances a chance at a new life???? I held him the last day we were there and he fell asleep on me, we ate some snacks, we sang songs, we played & laughed and when I held him he held on to me so tight???????????? so thankful Jesus brought us to him and I cannot wait to watch him grow! Stay tuned for more pics of the little sweeties at our reclaim center 🙂
356.9k Likes, 5,393 Comments - Lauren Akins (@laur_akins) on Instagram: "So this is sweet little Frances. And if you scroll through these pics **WARNING some of them are..."
Thank you Lauren, for providing hope and love to these children.
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