Recently, I was so touched to see one of the donations to Friends of Basha included a note that it came from the children’s offering at a church in the US. It seemed like a great opportunity to build a connection between the children who gave and the children who received. I sent them pictures and explained that their donation went to nutritious snacks and tutoring for the children at Basha. They sent us some pictures in return. The children in the United States were curious about these children across the miles. They wondered what they ate for their snacks and if they liked it. Also if they liked school.
This sharing not only connected groups of kids from two different countries, but it connected groups of kids from two different worlds. One lives in a world where education and snacks are the norm, even taken for granted. The other lives in a world where, without help, they wouldn’t have these basic needs. In fact, many would have very little hope for any kind of a future.
Connecting across the world didn’t just benefit the underprivileged, for the ones who have enough to share benefited as well. They gained awareness about what they have, they were given a chance to help others, and their eyes were opened to the reality of those in need. They took time to think about children in a faraway place and they did something about it. As a resut, their understanding, and hopefully their hearts, were opened a little bit more.
At Basha we love the idea of connecting people, if it’s connecting artisans with the people who buy their products or making sure our supporters know the impact you truly have. Young or old, we really can come together to make the world a better place for everyone.
“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” -Mahatma Gandhi
“Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.”
-W.B. Yeats, The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats