I was just heading to camp when someone came running up to me. His face clearly showed that he needed help. He seemed almost desperate. He told me that his father was ill, very ill. He had asked people with a motorbike to take the father to the clinic, but the people were charging too much money to take him a distance of less than 10kms.

The son’s happiness was clear when I said I could take the sick mzee (elder man) to the clinic. The desperate son then asked me whether I would accept all the cash he had at the moment.
I refused.

He was persistent in his willingness to pay for my help. Since I wouldn’t accept money, the son offered me this beautiful young lamb;

I still rejected it.
He blessed me at the end of the day for not accepting all his offers and helping his father. I took the mzee down to town and made sure he got treated at the clinic since sometimes when they are busy, they only take very serious patients.
Here is a picture from the boma. The mzee I took to the clinic is at the center wearing the black coat.

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  • Reply

    Antony, wonderful story. I wished you could have kept the baby lamb as a companion. Please let us know how Kapende is doing. And let me know if you hear from Eric. Take care, Theresa

  • Francis

    Antony, to thank you for your kindness I made a small donation to help the Lion Guardians, I wish it could be more. Thank you for everything you and the Lion Guardians do to protect the lions. Stay safe and I hope Kapende and the other guardians are well

  • sheryl, washington dc

    What a nice man you are, Antony. Thanks for sharing this story.


  • Christine C.

    Antony…if the world were filled with more people like you, there would be no need for these blogs other than to fill us in about the wonderful things going on in Africa. Every day you do a little bit more to help others come around to thoughtful, generous, and compassionate ways of thinking and acting…so thank you.

  • Fiona

    Antony, your story made my Monday so much better. Kindness is invaluable and you’ve helped shaped this young boy’s character. He will never forget what you did for him. Just a little FYI, people really started helping out with the fundraiser I’d mentioned in previous comments and we’re over $100 now. Please pass my thanks along to anybody you know who helped out. Here’s the link again if you want to check and see how we’re doing.

  • Reply

    Fiona, that is wonderful news!

  • Lisa, Seattle

    Antony, you are a good person! If it is true that “what goes around comes around” then you will have many good things headed your way.

    Fiona, thanks for the reminder. I’ve been so busy I completely forgot about your fundraiser.

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