“Words are small shapes in the gorgeous chaos of the world.” Diane Ackerman
Have a girl? Are a girl? Want to make a difference for a girl?
Think about girlpods and “Hope by 12”: “When a girl who lives in poverty turns twelve her life is in the hands of others. We HOPE to catch that girl BY the age of TWELVE and give her a healthy future.”
Take a shower today? Drink something clean and yummy? If so, did you feel a sense of intense gratitude?
I remember visiting the very first library Ethiopia Reads opened and watching the hygiene program going on every Saturday for some of the kids who didn’t have a chance to wash their clothes or hair at home. (This picture was taken at the mercato school where one of the newest libraries is going in.)
I also remember when Liz told me she was going to raise $150,000 to bring clean water to the area where her adopted Ethiopian son had been born.
But she did it. Her website says, “When the burden of water collection and water borne illness is lifted, girls can remain in school and women can invest more time on family life, agriculture and owning small businesses.”
Hope is a powerful word.
The community center of AHOPE cares for Ethiopian children with HIV, and Ethiopia Reads will be helping with professional development for the library manager who will help spread books to those children and their community. http://www.ahopeforchildren.org/
This week, five moms of adopted children from Ethiopia, one Ethiopian educator whose life was changed by books, and two of us from Ethiopia Reads sat around a table and talked about what we dream for Ethiopian children for 2012.
Dream is a powerful word.
Collaboration is a powerful word.
Isn’t is amazing what we think we can do?
May we all be creative together as we share words and worlds.