Small signs of gratitude that mean a lot

Yesterday a woman arrived at the house quite late. In her hands she clutched five bananas. Her name was Aisha Pandit. A woman we had treated for a painful and serious condition some months ago. She had come with this gift of fruit to say thank you for the help of the Trust. It might seem a small gift but poverty here means this was anything but. It meant a huge amount to us. Veronica, our treasurer, had been saying for the past few days how she would like to have banana and here was her prayer answered in the most special of ways. Two days ago another woman arrived with a boy aged about ten. He’d had a hernia and the family was unable to afford an operation. The Trust had him treated . This time she came with a hat she had woven from palm leaves to register her gratitude. These moments mean a lot. It all reminded me of a young woman who arived at our house with no teeth, She’s had a terrible condition which meant all her teeth had to be removed and she hid from the village because of this and problems of odour from her mouth. She was so ashamed. We had her treated and provided a shiny pair of new dentures. One day she came to the house to show me her new teeth. She told me she would remember me for the rest of her life. That was a generous thing to say. But I was more delighted to hear this week that with her new confidence she is now on the road to getting married. The promise of a happy life from one which was full of so much shame that she had been forced to hide. It is tough doing this work -especially finding the funds. But the rewards are also great. I am eternally grateful to the people who make monthly donations to our work or support our fundraising activities. All of them share in these moments. (I have done other blogs this visit. If you havent read them go to our website http://www.funzi.org.uk and click on blogs)

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About funzibodo

The Funzi and Bodo Trust (FAB) exist to try and change things for the better. Working with local people we are creating the conditions for a better environment where people can reach their true potential and where at least the basics of life are available affording a decent quality of life for all.
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