One of my favourites ways to give through 365give is by spreading the incredible stories of everyday people doing extraordinary things to change the world. I believe that both large and small acts of giving are all worthy and equal in the impact. Every give we do in our lives makes not only an impact but also a ripple effect from the person receiving to the person giving. My guest today did a simple give. She bought a goat for a friend that took a leap of faith and move to Africa to help a village. The story is about giving but it is also about one women that made a choice to give back by volunteering in a world that many of us may never even see.
Give 203: Day 203 Ripple Effects by Guest JRM.
Today I knew I wanted to buy a goat. My dear friend Wendy Bourgon is the only white woman in a village in Africa. Wendy went to volunteer at the village and within this year I have watched the progress that village has made from struggling to survive, to becoming an excited and self sufficient village – all since she arrived last July.
Wendy’s project is called Part of the Impossible. Her inspiration is about the “human family” of our world that is and she is making such a great impact. (Inspiration taken directly from her site)
“Visiting Zambia and Kenya opened my eyes to the oneness of the human family. I came to realize that regardless of where we live, we all share the same hopes, dreams and frustrations. We all want to eat, have a home, be cared for when we are sick, be comforted when we grieve and see our kids fulfill their potential.
I realized something else too—that whether here or there, people want to shape their destiny. They want to work and be part of bringing to pass their vision of themselves as strong, self-sustaining communities.”
I watched Wendy develop from a somewhat introverted, beautiful lady to an very courageous, outgoing one. We write back and forth and I save many of my ‘gives’ for her and to further her work . Only a year ago she and I discussed over lunch what it would be like to dig a well! None of what she is doing has she been trained to do, except social work and communication skills. What she is currently doing has been a huge learning curve, much I doubt she even dreamed about!
Sometimes we cannot, for various reason, or choose not to, do some things in life as it takes us in a different direction , but we can support many of those who do things we are passionate about. Sometimes in life one can follow a ripple effect. Wendy is certainly a part of a ripple that I have followed and is still having an effect on so many so far away. All of this since last July and more……..
If this inspires you please ‘give’ either to keep her in Africa so she is able to further her mission or for some form of sustainable support for the village as you will see on her site.
Cost: my donation
Time: 2 minutes