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
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.”
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!