Read: Culture or Consequence? from Pamoja, chronicling a Yale student’s time in Malawi and Kenya.
“….I was literally seeing a single disease kill an entire generation, and leave the next uneducated and jobless. However, were it not for all the grandmothers, aunts, and neighbors, millions and millions of children would be homeless. Literally, millions. What if this was America, I thought? Would orphanages be as common as Starbucks? Who would take care of all these kids? I actually had the thought that if this horrible tragedy was to happen anywhere in the world, Africa at least had a culture of sharing, of providing for and helping relatives no matter what, of sharing with your neighbors whatever is needed… and ultimately, of taking in and raising children whose parents have died.”