Monday, August 19, 2013

Two Words

We often use two words to express our gratitude and appreciation.  However, I find that they seem so small and insignificant in comparison to how I feel.

Throughout the past two years I have felt more love and support than I’ve experienced in my entire life.  I’ve received countless messages and letters with words of encouragement, packages thoughtfully put together with sentiments from home, assistance in the projects I’ve undertook, and even a few brave souls that came to experience The Gambia with me. 

How do you show gratitude to those who have helped you through the most challenging part of your life?  Thank you just doesn’t seem like enough.  I hope I can show my appreciation in a greater way.  I hope to lead my life in a way that says thank you.  

Until I can show you, please accept my thank you for now.  My heart is filled with gratitude and love for each and every one of you.  From the very pit of my soul and being, thank you.

I couldn't have done this without you!

Water NAATA!

The water is running at Nyakoi Upper Basic and Senior Secondary School!  Thank you to everyone who supported us through this project.  We received so many donations that not only were we able to provide the school with new solar panels and a pump, but we were also able to repair and fix the broken taps and pipes.  With the remaining donations, we supported Gambia Lifewater Project by providing money for other taps and pumps to be fixed throughout The Gambia, and we purchased 40 children’s books to donate to schools that have volunteers administering teacher book clubs.

I cannot thank you enough for your support.  You have truly made a difference in many lives including mine.  Thank you for your generosity.  May the good come back to you.

Justin and I celebrating the installation of the new solar panels.

Water will be running in the classrooms at the start of the school year!
Students will no longer have to leave class to get drinks.

The extra donations we received went to making repairs.
Here you see a flip flop being used to stop the gushing water.
A store valve is now in its place. 

A welder came to secure the bolts to the solar panels.
All precautions have been made to ensure the water will be running for many years to come.