Matthew Peter is five years old! This little bundle of energy and hilarious, non-stop talking was celebrated well this week as he turned the “Big 5”! His day started with a special breakfast of French toast and ended with a special dinner of hamburgers and macaroni and cheese. The icing on the cake, literally, was a sugary feast of a cake complete with sparkler candles, a towering birthday hat on the birthday boy’s head, and balloons all around. It was a grand day!

Part of the reason that we are sharing about this young guy’s birthday with Global Capacity supporters is because YOU had a tremendous part to play in the early part of his life. For that we are celebrating…and saying THANK YOU!

When Jeanette (Matthew’s mama), a Global Capacity-sponsored student found out she was pregnant, there were some complications that caused a need for some special care during her pregnancy and caution when it was time for the baby to be born. Les and Yvonne (of our partner organization, A Voice for Rwanda) generously opened their home to Jeanette but this special care required some financial assistance that was an added burden for them. Upon appealing to the Global Capacity supporters for some additional funding in this crisis, we were so grateful for an outpouring of finances and encouragement! These funds allowed Jeanette to progress to the end of her pregnancy in a good way and covered the costs of a C-section and after care for the baby boy: Matthew Peter!

We are SO thankful that we can celebrate the five years that he has been thriving so far and look forward to the years ahead as he continues to grow and learn and entertain us along the way. I just asked him what he wants to be when he grows up. His answer: “a farmer who milks the cows and then makes chocolate cheese.” An innovator, for sure...he’s amazing!

Thanks for joining us in celebrating Matthew's birthday...in 2012 and 2017!

Hannah Ingram
Program Director