So many things in my life are good. It is not perfect, but it IS good.
Simple things truly make me happy;
Family & friends.
Watching a one year old discover bubbles.
The first signs of cherry blossoms showing their pink ruffles.
Hearing my favorite song on the radio.
A good book, or a good cup of Cinnamon coffee.
A random meeting with an old friend in the mall.
Laughter, the kind that ends with tears rolling down my cheeks . . . . . . . Truly simple things!
Too bad life is not always simple.
Sometimes things happen that strip that simplicity.
Things that on every level are complex.
Today at the beginning of my relatively simple happy life, I read this...
Up In Flames
A blog entry written by my friend Chantelle, director of the Niger Vocational Girls at Risk School, this is where I was in September of 2011, working with the girls, learning from these girls, falling in love with these girls. I left a chunk of my heart there with these girls. Today as I read, my heart was broken, deep down in a I am helpless, what can I do sort of way.
Up in flames... very litterally, a few days ago, the local market, the market I shopped in, bought fabric in & walked through, was burned to the ground. Chantelle's blog entry shows before and after photos, it tore at the core of my beeing. Before I even finished reading I had tears streaming down my face, and I felt totally & utterly helpless. WHY? Do these people not struggle enough? HOW will they even begin to rebuild? It seems so unfair So many people who had so little to start with now have nothing..... litterally NOTHING but ashes and chared messes where livelyhood once stood.
Fire is devastating in any uncontained form, but like this it is unfathomable. Homes & jobs can be lost, all that a family has can be wiped out in the blink of an eye. We truly have no comprehension of such loss here in North America where we have fire regulations, insurance, built in sprinkler systems, not to mention resources to rebuild. In Niger, where the economic situation is bleek at best, a land where water is scarce, famine has a stronghold & where refugees are streaming in from surrounding countries by the 1000's, adding to the stress on resources, a fire like this has unmeasureable consequences.
My heart is there with these people, as they try to look ahead to what comes next. Praying they find the strength, resources and courage to move forward. Wondering if there is anything that can be done from here. It is complicated... sending $$ may be easy for us, but is it best for those there in Niamey? Culturally is it best for them? Is that what need? Or do we go, with hammer in hand to help build? Work beside them as they reclaim their livelyhoods? No matter what happens, one thing for sure, it is going to be a long, long journey.