Monday, March 31, 2008

Off to Africa

Well, the time has come to go back to wonderful, vibrant, tragic, musical Africa. I love visiting our programs and seeing how well our children do under the care of doctors, nurses and communities which care for them. It is wonderful to hear the singing and to feel the beat of voices as children spontaneously gather in a large group to sing a welcome.

There is also great sadness when i think of all the children we cannot help, those who suffer and die because there simply is not enough medicine for them all. Such gorgeous children and so much need. I always leave wishing we could do more, that we had all the funding in the world so that every single one of those beautiful children would have a chance.

So, an unusual thing ends up happening inside of me. I pray I will return with a whole heart, not the broken heart with which I usually carry around in me. I want to be strong, to endure and to carry on without the burden of caring too much. Yet, I pray that my heart will be broken, so that I never stop caring and so that our work will continue, no matter how difficult it may get. I want to fight for these kids, to give them hope. So, a splitting in my heart is inevitable and all I can do is to let the feeling continue, as it has for a few years now.

These days before the trip, there is so much to do and I am too busy...Climb Up So Kids Can Grow Up takes up a lot of my time, office work, finding new donors, thanking others, writing, reports, packing, playing with is all coming together in a ball of activity which doesn't seem to cease for long these days. Soon, though, I'll be on a plane, crossing the ocean to visit some incredible little children who are alive due to the generosity of others. And, I can't wait!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Fun fact

On March 20th, 1987, the Food & Drug Administration approved the sale of AZT (azidothymidine), a drug shown to prolong the lives of some AIDS patients. This was the first approved treatment for HIV.

(That drug was first created in 1964, and it was intended to treat cancer. However, because it had too many side effects and was not really effective as a cancer treatment, use of that drug was shelved until years later.)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Beverlyne will go to school!

For those of you who have seen our 3.5 minute documentary on Beverlyne, a girl in our Mombasa, Kenya program, you'll be happy to know that her dream of becoming a nurse is more possible than ever! A generous donor has agreed to cover her boarding school expenses for the next four year, enabling her to get a good education as she strives to learn more and to one day become a nurse. It is so exciting to know that together, we can really make a difference in the life of a child. i can't wait to hear her reaction to the news...
Are you wondering what to give your brother for his birthday, or your parents for their anniversary? What about your friend who is getting married and already has everything she needs? How about giving them something new..something that will give children a chance to live a healthy and full life? Instead of giving another sweater or a picture frame, visit Changing the Present and chose a gift of meaning...of life. Have fun shopping!