After grade school, I was sent to two more schools, junior and senior high, then college. Each of these levels came along with buildings that were adequate with appropriate teaching modalities of that era. I had family travel experiences during my youth that took me to places that were vastly different than my hometown. Places where there was only one school for the entire community and in some cases, make shift buildings where permanent schools were not in place. In each of these United States locations, there was no doubt that anyone would be attending school, however rustic it might be.
After college, I didn’t stop learning. I achieved many more certificates in a wide range of studies, from Real Estate Appraisal to Feng Shui to Building Biology and Himalayan Singing Bowls. I guess I am what is known as a Life Long Learner, and I don’t plan on stopping yet!
In the 80’s, when I was a VP at Chase, I recall watching Sally Struthers (aka Gloria from All in The Family fame) on TV, reaching out to anyone that would take an interest in sponsoring a child in South America. It touched me, and I began my years of sponsoring children that were not as fortunate as I was. By that time, I was travelling the world, and knew that there were many people on our planet that didn’t have the education that I took for granted. I knew in my heart that my regular donations were making a difference in the lives of those children in South America.
Today, it is 2017. I have found myself, once again, concerned about children in less developed countries and the quality of their education. It is likely no coincidence that I discovered TEACH Rwanda, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in the United States, that is also a Rwandan INGO. I believe that The Loving Universal Energy puts things in front of me that, if I notice, will make a difference in my existence and other people’s lives. In my volunteer work on the board, I’m using many of my skills – analytical, musical, connectedness, caring and forward thinking – to help promote better conditions for the children in Rwanda. I want to see them receive the benefits of the fabulous curriculum that has been developed by TEACH Rwanda.
So, I ask you: What was your educational experience in your life like? Have you ever thought about how it might be different for children in different countries? Does it peak your interest enough to investigate how you might give back what, if like me, was taken for granted? Take a moment and think about it!
If you believe that you might be able to help, I encourage you to take a look at TEACH Rwanda’s “Building 4 a Bright Future”, and help them get a building completed by year end. Those of you who volunteer for any organization know that donations are the life blood that helps accomplish goals. I am thrilled to tell you that due to generous donations this past month, Bright School is able to continue the next phase of construction, which is to pour the foundation. It happened because of all levels of donations, and now we need to keep building. Walls, roof, windows, and interior build out – all are waiting for funds to appear. Please take a look and give whatever you are able. CLICK HERE
And for those who are concerned that I’ve fallen off the track of Feng Shui, please know that Feng Shui is not the only avenue to creating a better life for you and your family. Continue your own education and, help others. It’s all interrelated!