Giving Thanks

I have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving (and always!). I have close and loving family and friends. And though I don’t have children of my own, there are many kids in my life who I adore–most of these “kids” are now grown, and some with children of their own. A new generation that I welcome and love having in my life!

I might get stressed at times, unhappy with the way this or that is going in my life. But I always stop and remind myself what a comfortable life I have compared to most of the people in the world.

I try to help others when I can, but there are some real heroes in the world, and for these people, I’m also thankful.

I read or hear of so many stories of people and organizations putting their time, energy, and expertise into helping others. Here is one I recently came across; you can read the short article at this link Class in Session

Students play in the Mwabwindo School’s covered courtyard.Photo: Chosa Mweemba / Courtesy of Selldorf Architects

An architect was enlisted by the 14+ Foundation, whose mission is to build schools and orphanages for African children in rural communities, to build a school in a remote area in Zambia. So remote they had to build roads to get to the community.

They used materials that made it possible for locals to help with the construction. Getting locals involved is one of the “key components of the foundation’s broader social and economic mission.”

A construction manager on the project said of the school’s design: “The point of the structure is to be inspirational.”

Constructed from mudbricks, the buildings are sheltered by a single metal canopy.Photo: Chosa Mweemba / Courtesy of Selldorf Architects

The 14+ Foundation and the professionals and local community members who work to make these schools for children who are otherwise isolated are truly inspirational.

They and other heroes around the world will be in my thoughts as I give thanks this Thanksgiving!

May you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

About lindacovella

I am an author of fiction and nonfiction for kids and teens.
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8 Responses to Giving Thanks

  1. cleemckenzie says:

    This was a wonderful Thanksgiving post, Linda. There are many heroes we never hear about, so I’m glad you gave these a shout out. May you have a wonderful holiday with those you love. Lee

  2. Best wishes for a blessed Thanksgiving. It’s encouraging, in these troubled times when it seems some hearts are callous toward those who are less unfortunate, to read of positive things being done for others. Thanks for this reminder of good people doing good things.

  3. Ilene MacDonald says:

    I, too, strive to live each day in gratitude for the many blessings I enjoy: hot and cold running water,
    a place to sleep out of the weather, food, adult children who are kind and decent that vote, people who do all they can to make a difference in the lives of others, and on and on. Thanks for sharing this. It is good to be reminded of what can be accomplished by a few folks of great character
    in a world of (seemingly) unending woe. It gives me hope.
    Have a most excellent Thanksgiving. ♥️

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