Friday, March 19, 2010

DOING THE RIGHT THING




Annette,

Here are some photos I just received from Africa! There will be more to come so these are just the beginning. The care package was so much more successful than I had hoped for. The smiles are genuine. A new shirt (and American at that) is more than they could ever hope for in that area. They currently are living in 110 degree weather with no electricity. Fresh water is a challenge as well for them. The group in the photos are volunteers in that area who are making a difference for their local tribe/community. We are expecting thank you letters soon in their native language (which will be interpreted). This will be the start of our pen pal relationship as we will motivate each community (Lubbock Texas USA and Goz Beida Chad, Africa) to be active in World Works and to pay it forward. A funny story; they didn’t understand the koozies at first. The local group leader (my contact – Tracy Stover) did know but didn’t tell them. She enjoyed their pleasure in figuring it out on their own. At first; mittens, then pen holder, followed by walkie talkie holder then finally a can holder! They are actually now using them as their walkie talkie holders as they fit perfectly and are great at protecting them as well. If you look closely at the pictures you can see them in use. They loved the stickers as well and are putting them on everything! I will keep you posted as more photos and stories come in. I will be laminating the pictures and letters and sharing them with our community here at Central Park as we motivate our guests and us as well to be active in our World Works vision!

Sean

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