Let’s make a difference!
This Saturday is Make a Difference Day in the U.S. You are encouraged to lend a hand, to improve someone else’s life, to build a positive movement with others in your community. I wrote recently about the importance of giving money internationally to make a big impact, while also noting that volunteering locally is a great way to effectively put your giving spirit into action. I was impressed that the Make a Difference Day website has 20 projects organized in Santa Cruz! The projects range from cleaning up neighborhood parks and schools, to removing graffiti, to painting picnic tables for public use. However you put your spirit into action for positive change this weekend, you might take a moment to connect in common purpose with our many SIA partners in towns, villages, and cities across Africa. Canaan Gondwe at the Manyamula COMSIP Cooperative for economic justice; Jeremiah Mzee leading Progressive Volunteers to provide education for even the poorest in Nairobi slums; Margaret Ikiara with CIFORD Kenya meeting with girls and widows to talk about their rights; Moses Mukongo with CMAP Kenya for a more sustainable environment; and so many more who are volunteering their time to make a difference in their communities. Margaret met with 78 women in September to discuss family life and sexuality. If you don’t join one of your official community projects, consider how you might be making a difference in your everyday life. Sometimes the pebble is cast even when we don’t know we’ve thrown it: “The biggest differences I’ve made are the ones I don’t even know about. If you’re working for justice and you’re living with compassion and integrity, you are probably making a difference in people’s lives every day. You just might not realize it.” (Barbara Harrell-Bond) Enjoy your week! #Encouragement #LocalOrganizations #SharingtheGift #Empowerment #Gratitude