A Girl's Dream
Lilian, Age 11, Zimbabwe
My name is Emily Roset. I used to walk on the beach with my sister, and we would talk about the happy times we’d had. I was really close to her, and we cared for each other because we had no parents. They died when I was young. I had to grow up fast and learn to do all the housework, such as cooking and cleaning, with the help of my sister Rose.

One day my sister asked me, “What were Mom and Dad like?” I told her that I did not remember; I could only recall the stories Grandma told us about them when she visited. Although our parents had died, we received a lot of help and support from our local church. They helped us with school fees until we finished college and provided for our every need. This kindness became my inspiration to help those in need.

This story started on a hot summer’s day when I was walking down the beach with Rose. We were talking about the day when we would do something great. I told her what I intended to do to change the world and make it a better place. She asked me, “How do you intend to do that?”
I replied, “I will go around the world and preach the word of God and hopefully open an orphanage in Africa to help the children who do not have parents just like us.”
My sister asked me in a surprised manner, “Why do you want to do that?”
I answered calmly, “Because that is what my heart is telling me to do, to tell people about the grace of the Lord.” We kept on walking as we felt the sand between our toes.

Years passed and I wanted to fulfill my dream. On the day I was to leave for Africa, my sister drove me to the airport. On our way there, I told her that I would come back for her. I also told her how much I loved her and that I had made a promise to our mum just before she died that I would look after her.

She replied, “I will always love you too, dear sister.” When we got to the airport, we hugged and said our good byes. By the time the plane came to get me, we were both crying. I did not stop until I got on the plane.

My first stop was Zimbabwe in Africa. I stayed with a pastor of a church in a village. This is where I started my project of building an orphanage with the help of the local church. Other churches heard about what I doing, and they offered to help by donating bricks and cement, as well as people to help with the building. We prayed for the day to come, the day we would finish. We managed to build a house that could hold fifty-five children. It was the first orphanage of the village. People from all over came to see what I had done. I received many thanks.

We had a party at the house for the children. I felt happy that I did what I intended to do. I told people that when you start something you have to finish it. I learned how to speak Shona, one of the languages they speak in Zimbabwe. If I say so myself, I did well! I gave a lot of hope to a lot of children, proving to them that the impossible is possible.
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