Thursday, January 6, 2011
More Questions than Answers
This week has been a journey. I have been to all 3 project sites. I dug trenches for the construction of a day care center on Monday. Tuesday, I met the kids in the community and taught them how to dribble a basketball. Wednesday and today, I would say definitely put me in someone elses shoes every time I carried a bucket of water from the bottom of a steep hill to the top at Ilobosco. This is something the children and women have been doing three times a day, because they have no other sources of water. I also dug more trenches for the foundation of their new home. Everytime I leave these places,it hurts because I realized that this is reality for them. Some things that stand out to me about these people are their willingness to work, to work together as a community. For example, at all the sites, neighbors came by to help with the effort. Children stopped by in their bikes, asked what we were doing, left their bikes and picked up a shovel. This amazes me how much people here care about one another.
A couple days a go my facebook status was, “Although I hurt and miss home, I know I am making a difference.” This is exactly how I feel. I am glad to be here, and to be able represent my sorority, school, and region as well as build this bond with Greeks from all over the nation. It’s so rewarding to know that I am able to make an impact in someones life and to meet and see these people smile despite the the situation they are in.
Diana Bui is a student at the University of Georgia and a member of Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.
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