Her birthday was the same day as my nephews, but she didn't know that. Like many of the kids from Living Stones, she didn't know when her birthday was because there was no money to celebrate, and her family was focused on survival, not on remembering another year of life.
When we began celebrating birthdays at Living Stones, something changed. The children began to see that they were special, and that they had received a wonderful gift: time. Time to learn, to change, to grow, to make a difference in the world. When we celebrate them, we celebrate that God made them for a reason: something only they can do in the time they have been given.
I have always loved birthdays, but I never imagined what a difference they could make. Living Stones has celebrated over 500 birthdays since 2011: my birthday wish is to celebrate 100 more. Help with our 10 for Them program.