India World Vision Trip Day 4...in which the protagonist notices that her NON-WORLD VISION local area tour guide feigns a shoulder injury and pretends he's in too much pain to be with her group anymore. Because he hates her.
Maybe he shouldn't have thought he was in a Bollywood movie and kept taking his sunglasses off like David Caruso in CSI New Delhi. ANYWAY...
I'm going to ask you to trust me here, and believe that the following statement is true -- we, all of us, are blind to our good fortune. Even in my own dark moments (yes, they have happened) I can't say that my life has ever mirrored, even slightly, the lives of the people who's only mistake is where they were born. Here. And if they survived past 5, and many don't, then the path is still far from easy.
For so many of these people in the three New Delhi slums I've seen this week, living is a test. No food security, no medicine, no value, no education, nowhere to go and no one to help. Except -- and I am not kidding -- World Vision and the amazing people on the ground here and in the countless other places of desperation in the world. Today we heard two stories that I want to impart - a woman, broken... with absolutely no chance of making an income and becoming self sustaining, was gifted the beginnings of a grocery store (modest, as they all are). Now she has a chance. Now she can do for herself, and then turn around and do for others. An older woman, with no skills and no one to help her. She would have withered away and been forgotten altogether without WV. Second story - a family who slept on the floor and had nothing, gifted a sewing machine so they could start a tailoring kiosk. Guess what? They bought a bed - no metaphor...they literally lifted themselves up, with WV's help. Now they're successful...saving for a computer ("second hand" she wanted us to know. ) It's not tossing people a sack of food and then having them wait on you to come back and do it again. It's giving them hope.
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