Expressing His Needs

Oct 3, 2017

Steph Duff

Danladi, one of the Nigerian Hope Students in Calvary House, listened intently as the list of names was called out. He waited nervously to hear his own. Recently, Danladi’s school had been selected to nominate three participants for a local math competition. He was hopeful he would be picked. He felt his stomach drop as the third name was called. He hadn’t been chosen. He felt discouragement overcome him, but then he walked over to his teacher.

“Isn’t there anything I can do to be a part of this competition?”

His teacher looked at him. “Danladi, if you really want to participate, you will have to cover your own admission fee.”

He rushed home from school that day, sharing the situation with his house parents, Samson and Priscilla. After taking time to consider his request, they offered to pay Danladi’s fee, so he could be a part of the competition.

The day of the competition came and proved to be a momentous occasion. Of the four representing their school, Danladi was the only one to win his rounds! He is learning more each day to express his needs and trust the safe adults firmly in his corner.

Steph Duff is a writer, daughter, sister, and really loud laugher. By day she lends her voice on behalf of orphaned and vulnerable children with Back2Back Ministries. By night she is readily found with her nose in a book and spending time with her dog, Telulah. At all hours, she can be found consuming copious amounts of coffee. She feels most herself in the heat of India and prefers her mugs big, her books long, and her words intentional.

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