Love First, All Else Second

by Maria Russo

Yesterday I was joking (ok half joking) about adopting a child from Rwanda. I reflected on the love our team feels each time we visit the project and the profound connection we have with the women we work with (and their families). Each time we do home visits, I learn more and more about how so many women - like Bernadette featured in this photo - have adopted children who have lost parents, both during the genocide or as a result of the horrific atrocities, such as rape that led to the spread of HIV. What I am most moved by is the incredible selflessness of these women, many of whom have barely enough food to eat each day (this will soon change when the first harvest is ready in January).

These women act directly from their heart. If their neighbor dies and there is no one to care for the child(ren) they take the child in and worry about the paperwork later. Love first, all else second.

I am eternally grateful to our women, they have taught me to always live from my heart.


Photo by @arnelle

Maria Russo
Maria Russo


Maria is the co-founder and executive director of Humanity Unified International. Follow stories from the field on Instagram @humanityunified

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