I would rather write about the urge we have
to do something and to not drop anyone off the support list, unless
they really can deal with life better after being with us for a while.
How could we choose not to help anymore, while there is still so much
need? On what criteria? You have no doubt read and heard about the
specific needs in every Smile’s project, the deficits and the balance
between what we have and what we need to spend… I will not repeat all
that either. But the support is needed and without it, there are less
ways to do something of relevance for our beneficiaries.
I will write though about heart-warming
smiles that children of Rapa will welcome us with in their
community. To me personally and for many of you I’m sure, it is such a
joy and blessing to see those children running and hugging us the
moment we descend from our cars. Why do they do that? Because they
love us and they know we love them! Nothing compares with their
enthusiasm knowing these visitors are here not only for now, but will
keep them in their hearts for ever!
I write thinking of the elderly in our
centres that are so emotional when we go and visit them in their own
rooms. They might have no one of their own families to come and
check on how they are doing, but they know they have a real family
with us, at all times. This is of such a high value to them, it is
impossible not to consider it. We can think of the poor families that
we visit every month and rely on our support for feeding their
children. Or the homeless that finally have a place where to hide from
the cold of the night. All of these are real people, with real
feelings and emotions, giving us real issues to deal with. And they
expect real support and guidance for their future.
This December will be a joyful time for
everyone and we’ll try everything we can in order to make it a happy
time for our beneficiaries. And it should be like that, as Christmas
will remind us about the greatest Giver in the Universe. But what will
be after that? How much will be possible to do in January? February?
All next year! Now I think it’s a great time to consider how
important is everything we do?
The next report will probably contain a lot
of information on how the shoebox distribution goes and how great the
Christmas celebration made us feel about it all. I know it will be so
very exciting – so maybe even before that, we all would take a minute
and contemplate what we are doing. And that, from my perspective, will
reveal a great truth, an amazing realisation: we do change people’s
lives! Sounds precious? I believe it’s simply a matter of fact. It is
happening. And equally, all our lives were impacted and changed by
getting to know people and their situation. Hardly one can stay the
same after that.
What will we be doing next?
You are part of this amazing adventure, as I
said before. And we are very grateful for this, as it enables us to do
our best here. Please consider once again how important this is and
realize what a great challenge and opportunity we have together: to
make a difference that matters, the best way possible, to continue
changing the world for as many people as we can!