About Us

Coalition for Courage grew out of a personal passion and commitment of a small group of dedicated people whose lives were touched by some of the poorest children in one of the poorest countries in the world.


We have responsibility for children
who put chocolate fingers everywhere,
who like to be tickled,
who stomp in puddles and ruin their new pants,
who sneak Popsicles before supper,
who erase holes in math workbooks,
who can never find their shoes.

And we have responsibility for those
who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire,
who can’t bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers,
who are born in places we wouldn’t be caught dead,
who never go to the circus,
who live in an X-rated world.

We have responsibility for children
who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions,
who sleep with the dog and bury goldfish,
who hug in a hurry and forget their lunch money,
who cover themselves with Band-Aids and sing off key,
who squeeze toothpaste all over the sink,
who slurp soup.


And we have responsibility for those
who never get dessert,
who have no security blanket to drag behind them,
who watch their parents watch them die,
who can’t find any bread to steal,
who don’t have rooms to clean up,
whose pictures aren’t on anybody’s dresser,
whose monsters are real.


We have responsibility for children
who spend all their allowances before Tuesday,
who throw tantrums in the grocery store and pick at their food,
who shove dirty clothes under the bed and never rinse out the tub,
who get visits from the tooth fairy,
who don’t like to be kissed in front of the school bus.


And we have responsibility for those
whose nightmares come in the daytime,
who will eat anything,
who have never seen a dentist,
who aren’t spoiled by anybody,
who go to bed hungry and who cry themselves to sleep.

We have responsibility for children
who want to be carried
and for those who must,
for those we never give up on
and for those who don’t get the luxury of a second chance.
For those we smother and for
those who will grab the hand of anybody kind enough to offer it.


-adapted from a poem by Ina J. Hughes

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