Changes

Every time I travel, it is a huge learning experience

for me. I feel like a student, aptly listening to the world and what it has to teach me. No matter what I learn about, it brings a change and makes me grow. I went to Guatemala last summer, excited to see what lessons were in store for me in this beautiful Central American country. When walking through Antigua, a small colonial town, I heard beautiful music playing and ringing over the bustle of the streets. I followed the music to the next street over and to my surprise; it was coming from a band of little boys and their instruments. A crowd was gathering around them, people taking pictures and dancing, listening to the music and rhythms soar into the sky. I was smiling and enjoying it when it dawned on me that they weren’t just playing, they were working. They were trying to make money. I saw this many times the rest of the trip, children working alone or alongside their parents.

My

heart sank, yet at the same time I felt a renewed passion and sense of purpose for our philanthropic work. This is why we dedicate ourselves to this cause of creating self-sustaining growth. Because there are less fortunate people that share the same hopes that we have, hopes of a better future, warm meals, and stable homes to return to and if we can help make a difference, why not? We can continue to keep their hope alive that someone is extending a hand and enjoying their presence in the world. We may not be able to change the whole world, but we can make a change in one person’s world, one family’s or one community; all just by making small changes to our lives and even giving a bit of our time.

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa

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