My grandmother is 89. She is a vibrant 89 and has been fending off cancer for the past year. We talk about dying quite a bit, about unfinished business, about love. And I think about being in her place someday.
Her greatest joy in life, has been the time she spent gardening. I know, because I ask her pesky questions all the time to see if she is satisfied with the life she has lived. We don’t know how much longer she will be with us so we try to make every bit count. She gives me tips like, “don’t save the good china for special occasions” and “don’t become overly reliant on what will be in the future, enjoy life now.” And then we both usually end up in tears, laughing, or both. My life has been blessed by the opportunity to get to know her really well, these last few years.
When I think of being at the end of my life, things get really clear. For as long as I can remember I have felt personally affected by the struggle of the hungry and the very poor. I did a project through the UNHCR as a teenager that solidified my passion for those struggling in the third world. It was 16 years ago. It still brings me joy! And while the last 16 years have been about getting an education, starting a family, and (ugh) “finding myself” it has been too long since something felt as right as that did. Is there a higher calling than To Do what you are here To Do? (No.)
My To Do is to help those living in the poorest places in the world get out of poverty. To Do my part to bring awareness, love, and resources to people who need our help. That is the Why of this fledgling blog.
An organization called Global Hope Network International facilitates village adoptions in very poor places worldwide. They help adopted villages become self sustaining by partnering with the village to create infrastructure. Water. Food. Income. Education. Health. After the adoption period (3-6 years) the village can stand on its own. They won’t be living in poverty anymore! They will have what they need to be sustainable. They will not just “eat for a day” but for the rest of their lives!
We can’t end all suffering. But if we can prevent a little bit of it, isn’t that worth the small cost to us!? So with the End in mind, I am setting out to help a little village in Ethiopia called Tuk’a. We can call it 99 People for Tuk’a. Lets find 99 People to adopt Tuk’a!
Because Caring is my Gardening! What’s Yours?