This Jamaican Woman Has 32 Children And Asks “Who’s Next?”

March 25, 2014  |  

Annmarie Richards has 32 children and she has every intention of bringing more home. And though Annmarie didn’t give birth 32 times, she provides the love, support, encouragement and meets their basic needs just like a biological mother would.

Though Jamaica is a place that is often depicted as utopic and its people unburdened, Richards says Jamaicans know how to hide their pain.

When Annemarie and her husband moved to May Pen, Jamaica, she recognized immediately that there was a need. There were several homeless children in the area and she realized she needed to do something. So she took them in…to her personal home.

Richards says that these children living on the street are subject to violence, malnutrition and sex /drug trafficking. Instead of noticing the injustices and continuing to go about the business of living her life, Annmarie saw herself in them.

So she and her husband helped. So far Richards says they’ve “grown over 32 children.”

Many of them have left her home going on to graduate high school and find gainful employment.

Richards explained how she does it:

“We send them to school, we bathe them, we washed them, and we took them in. And we took care of them. How we do it is we take you home unconditionally. We don’t need to know you, we don’t need to know where you’re from. We just know that the love in our heart and the fact that they are fearfully and wonderfully made is a reason to help another child.”

Richards’ story eventually caught the eye of Joel Robbins, Matthew Butler, and Jenny Ljung who run GoBokaPlay.

The company has a YouTube channel that partners with larger companies who promise to donate funds and resources to the subjects of GoBokaPlay’s videos.

The children that Annmarie helps could use educational supplies. GoBokaPlay partnered with the Make Life Better Foundation who promised to donate a computer lab if the video reached 50,000 views by April 10th.

The video, which was posted five days ago, has nearly doubled that original goal with over 99,000 plays at the time this post was written.

But that’s still no reason not to share this Annmarie’s beautiful and inspiring story.

Spread the word.

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