At the end of March, Maggie and I visited Ethiopia on a fact finding trip. We were with Plan Ireland which is an international humanitarian
child centred development organisation involved in several projects throughout the country. We travelled extensively visiting villages, schools, clinics, hospitals, orphanages and refugee camps.
The trip was a real eye opener! The living conditions need to be seen to be believed. Families, often up to eight, live in huts made of logs and mud, along with their livestock, usually a cow or donkey. Water is collected daily, by the children, from a well situated at least five kilometres from their village. Food is sparse and clothing is tatty. Very little electricity, minimal transport facilities – everybody walks! Not a toy in sight yet every child had a smile.
The trip certainly puts life into perspective. These people literally have nothing and exist from day to day. We, however, take so much for granted and are never satisfied with our lot but always want more. There comes a time when we should consider how fortunate we are and what we can do to help those in need. Often small acts of charity can mean so much.
I consider myself very lucky in life and work. I have a wonderful team in Sanrizz and feel very proud of all those who work so hard and show great enthusiasm. Recently, some of those endeavours have been justly rewarded. Keep up the good work and help each other especially those new to the team. Wear your uniform with pride and don’t forget to always wear a SMILE it costs nothing! Be happy!