Back out on the streets today with David and Julie Voncannon from Street Invest and Jose from Youth Challenge who wanted to see what it was like to visit the streets first thing in the morning.
We headed out to zone 4 and came across a group of about 15 adults and 2 kids, some of whom were still sleeping but quickly woke up when they heard our voices.
It is encouraging to know that some of the adults I have known since they were kids a fact they remind me of each time I visit. Maybe they have known very few people in their lives that long but the longevity of the relationship they have with me means a certain level of trust and respect is evident.
I spoke with 12-year-old Gerson (photo left) who has lived with this group for the last year. He was born in El Salvador and when he is not high on solvents he is a pleasure to chat with. It is still early days for me to discuss some deeper issues with him and so for the moment we play games and laugh about the little incidents that take place while we are with them.
It took me 10 washes before I eventually got the smell of rotting feet from my hands but the pleasure of washing feet and rubbing in cream is instant for those we can help on the streets. So many suffer from really badly infected feet and so any care you can give is greatly appreciated.