from November 2010 Newsletter (Volume 5, Issue 4)
As the colder breeze starts to blow, and the leaves begin to fall, I immediately start to shift focus toward the upcoming holidays. Even with the very difficult year many of us have experienced there is much to be grateful for. We live in a country where we can openly express our thoughts. We have a social infrastructure that tries to support those in need. We have schools that at least cover the bare basics of learning such as chairs, toilets, and books. And we have a culture of helping each other in tough times.
As I paused and reflected on “what am I grateful for” I came up with the following. I am grateful to the East African community leaders, school principals and parents who have grown to trust us as a partner in their world and their willingness to teach us of their cultures. I am grateful to a dedicated, tireless Kenyan and Tanzanian team who is always doing one more assessment or talking to one more student. I am grateful for the tenacious volunteers here in the USA who have created an efficient and focused organization. I am grateful to the strong willed and like-minded Board of Directors who consistently guide, lead and advise me and the staff. And last but not least, I am grateful for the generous donors, investors and partners who are a part of this community(that would be YOU). You are giving education to youth who would not have a chance at it and you are raising young people you may never get to meet into good global citizens. For all of that and more I say Asante Sana ( much thanks and gratitude).
So what are you grateful for?