Friday, July 3, 2009

Back to work

I am reminded again of why I choose to do this kind of work.

Last week I hosted two enthusiastic volunteer groups of American students who braved the cold (and snow!) to help us build two houses for orphans. It's always so much fun to host groups from overseas and it gives me a chance to renew my perspective on the importance of what our program is doing.

Also, given how cold it's gotten this past month, I felt it was important to visit some of our families to see how they're holding up in the winter. No matter how uncomfortable I get in my house, or how tough I think I have it, there is always someone else out there who has it tougher. At least I have electricity (most of the time) and can afford to run a few heaters. Most of our beneficiary families live without any kind of insulation or heating throughout the brutal winter season. So, with this in mind, this week I went to visit a few families we helped move into new homes a few months ago. Life is still tough for them, but it's a lot better in their new homes than it was before. Here are some photos from my visit and from last week's build. This is why I am out here...