It has been too long since I last made a blog entry. As often happens, significant life events disrupt routine and cause one to re-orient.
Over the summer, I spoke at three Rotary Clubs, 2 in Dundas, and 1 in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. What wonderful experiences ! What wonderful people ! I also spoke with the executive of the Abeona Foundation. Each represents people with huge hearts and the " get off your butt and do something" determination to make the world a better place. All expressed enthusiasm to support the club that I belong to, Club Rotario de San Francisco, in Quito, Ecuador.
In a country with an average monthly income of about $ 240 per month, there is much poverty and those who are the future, the children, suffer in health, education and opportunity. The Club Rotario de San Francisco is committed to improving their lives and prospects.
The photo above is one of my favorites. It shows a little girl in a remote Andes Mountain village dancing for visiting Rotarians from California, USA, in a display of gratitude for their support.
Yesterday, members of our club visited another remote rural community where we are installing a play structure in a playground and planning make renovations to a school. These are being done with the support of the Canadian and American Rotary Clubs.
On arrival on site in Cayambe we found men and women of the community patching the cement on the park basketball court and shoveling a hole for the installation of a water purification system at the school. Children played nearby. ( I point out that the absence of clean water has contributed to our having to distribute medicine to kill parasites that cause children to suffer.) Self help is a community, cultural value. Outside support is valued and sincere gratitude shows.
The children, beautiful spirits.
Taking time to care for others in need enriches my life. It may be just what you need to warm your heart and personal sense of value while making a valued difference in the lives of others.
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