The Love, Hope, and Strength of this Village Warms My Heart

“If I believe it, I can do it.”
–submitted by Ben

We were all so happy today to start working. divide and conquer was our mentality. Rich and Pamela went to teach. Ben and I went to do construction on the dormitories.

There was tons to joking about “Mzungu time.” Ben and I were keeping people on schedule. I went by Pamela’s class to hear the words “clash for clunkers” and “female circumcision.” I nearly fell off the step. When I asked Pamela about it she explained that the class was discussing human rights.

I went by Rich’s class and I heard him talking about his job and telling the children “if I believe it, I can do it.” Pamela says “short-term pain for long-term gain.”

I think we are all settling in. Ben and I had a blast of knocking down doors and tearing up the floors. The children came in and helped us.

On a personal note: I feel humbled. The love, hope, and strength of this village warms my heart and the team I am with have become my friends. – Cheryl

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