Hi once again to Loreto Program’s dearest FRIENDS, donors and faithful supporters……………..
As stated some months ago – Loreto Program had (and still has) A MISSION TO GO REMOTE AND FAR FLUNG! So many times we have seen poverty and inadequacies as though people are ‘stuck’: they can’t go anywhere or do anything to get out of the situation……. ‘there’s no mood to rejoice’……..
Over the past 12 months the Loreto Program has completed many projects covering an extensive and colorful medley of poignant additions to schools and kindergartens (Early Education) in isolated hamlets/villages of very needy Provinces. Can we call these places “out there”? “Out there” they have such little depth of resources to address their deprived places of learning: “out there” they desire to survive and prosper: “out there” they imagine how their children could (merely) have a better means of an education: “out there” they have dreams: “out there” families seek opportunities to make things better for their kids’ learning: “out there” is a lack of ‘stuff’ – but it’s also a disconnect….. “Out there”…….. the Loreto Team has seen, heard, watched, witnessed, perceived and above all ‘felt’………
But entrée Loreto Program with our myriad of donors, encouraging enthusiasts and generous networks and we’re NOT feeling sad and powerless – because we realize how little it takes to change lives fundamentally and in sustainable ways. And above all through counterpart funding from our partners – who haven’t enough to complete the whole project – there’s a special sense of ownership. Thousands of kids/families have been empowered through: ‘Friendly Libraries”, whole new school environments, Computer Rooms, upgraded learning areas, new hygienic toilet blocks, bicycles/helmets, scholarships, much-needed school resources, nutrition support, uniforms, English learning, extra-curricular activities, a vibrant Swimming Program and all this peaking and summiting to exhilaration, relief, imminent development, and a qualitative future!!!
Feel the excitement, feel the elation and feel the high spirits – leading to a new sense of self sustainability and enablement. The poor need no longer be vulnerable to future problems – the only way ahead is advancement. In this year – SEVEN new projects DONE and as we write – EIGHT new projects DOING………..
I am deeply indebted to my SUPERB TEAM – who also write/send these words to each and all!
Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember
Involve me and I learn
Dr. Trish Franklin AO: CEO