As you meander through the hills of the Kanungu District, amid the dusty roads dotted with potholes, you can't believe that someone would have thought to lift up the health and social well-being of this remote community. HIV/AIDS has ravaged families here, and vulnerable children go without many basic human needs.
The recent launch of the J. Luce Foundation's Hellenic Fund to support children in Greece -- whether economically distressed, orphaned, or refugee -- was an enormous success. Held at an elegant Upper East Side Greek restaurant, the event gathered over sixty people of goodwill who care about children, any children, who suffer in Greece.
What will become of this sweet, now very depressed toddler who is waiting to be adopted for at least two years? Her papers are sitting on a desk. All the i's are dotted and the t's crossed. We can't imagine why there is no final action for this lovely and sweet child who needs medical care to save her vision and the love of her parents who have waited patiently for over two years for this adoption to be final.
I wish that I had listened to my father more. I wish I let things that hurt roll off my back more and trusted that being natural and myself was safe. He advised me to pursue so many goals for myself and I didn't listen because I did not believe in myself. He wanted me to trust myself and I fought him on this.