Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

“Do what you can – your impact may be much greater than you can imagine.”
Judy Garshelis

Yesterday was a good day, all in all.

At the secondary school the Jerusalem dorm came down.
Maybe that was symbolic and a little profound.
Bet ten years is all that a building can stand,
So we tore it down with a few tools and our hands.

In the computer lab the printer and mice were cleaned for the first time,
And now they seem to work again, pretty much just fine.

The graduation (“leaving “) certificates were examined and organized,
But could it be that 75% weren’t really registered? – Surprise!

Down at the K-school, kids ate porridge and sang row-row your boat.
They didn’t know what a boat was, but nobody spoke.

At the clinic there was a beaten woman and a student with a panic attack,
Also an apparent case of malaria – the symptoms were fever, headache and a pain in the back.

The outreach clinic gave kids a dewormer and vitamin A;
Their mothers, meanwhile, got meds to keep births at bay.

While here in East Africa we did our small bit to help moms, dads, boys, and girls,
Across the globe, a progeny of E. Africa took an oath to lead the free world.

And thanks to Haran, the kind gentleman,
We watched it on CNN from Pommern.