Congratulations are in order!

 

Big News!  Fidel’s parents, with your help, have finished their english classes and have both received certificates to prove it.  They sent these pictures to Fidel last week.  They’re very proud.

 In case you didn’t know, it’s only through the contributions of everyone who watches this site, and everyone who’s bought books, bags, cards, etc. that this was possible.   We’ve made a difference in their lives and Fidel and the family greatly appreciate it.

Ready or Not?

It’s rare that a picture impacts me the way this one does, so I thought I’d share it.  I know, this has nothing to do with Fidel or his Family, or refugee’s in Boise, but it has everything to do with attitude.

The picture was taken in Liberia by Glenna Gordon (the photographer who graciously allowed us to use her picture for our banner, above).   By our standards, these boys have very little to be happy about.   By the looks on the face in the back right, it’s also clear they weren’t sure who Glenna was and why she was taking their picture.  They were faced with the unknown.  This was a change to the status-quo. The unknown, change, can be a little frightening.

All of us face uncertainty from time to time.  Face it, there are a lot of opportunities for us to engage.  But sometimes we hesitate because we’re not sure how things will turn out. There’s no doubt that sometimes, when I’m not sure what’s going to happen next, I get a little anxious.  I look at this picture, now, and ask myself “Which of these boys will I be?”

Keith

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Happy New Year

Welcome 2010 and thanks for a great 2009.  Hard to believe but in 2009 we raised somewhere in the neighborhood of $10,000 for Fidel and his family.  (Exact numbers are on a different computer and I don’t feel like getting up and going to look at them.  🙂  )  And what a great year for gaining additional visibility.  Multiple articles about Fidel, and B2B in the Statesman, and then, just last month, an awesome article about  Peggy and her trip to Africa to visit them.  We have a real friend in Katherine Jones.

Not a whole lot to report on yet for 2010 other than we’ve udpated Fidel’s book again to make a few edits, changed publishers (Borderline Books right here in Boise) and added a great new cover.  The new cover is a picture of Fidel’s family while in one of the Refugee camps they lived in. 

We’re meeting soon with a variety of supporters to develop a plan for 2010.  As soon as that’s put together we’ll provide another update.

Until then – peace to you all and best wishes for this great new year.