A Dream That Measures 40×30 FeetPosted: January 17, 2012
Here are the most current pictures of the community center that we have been building, or should I say built!
When I received these photos I was overjoyed. I am just so happy to see this structure. I am glad that there is little in the way of furnishings because it is already so full of potential! (I know, I know-perhaps a little cornball, but accurate.)
I shouldn’t be too happy about the lack of furniture, though. This is where I will be living for the 2 weeks that are currently planned for my stay in the area.
I now find myself daydreaming of what will take place in here. I imagine the local women of the village gathering, their saris a colorful contrast to the white room. I will stand up and greet them, with the help of my interpreter. What will they think of me? I’m sure I will be a little nervous but more excited than anything as this is my current state whenever I think of it. We will each then play a part in meetings that will change their health and the health of their families and neighbors.
Am I putting too much into this? Am I setting myself up for disappointment? Perhaps I am over-romanticizing it, or perhaps I am too much of a dreamer. Perhaps it’s the whiteness of the building that makes me feel that it’s a blank canvas for the people to begin to write their future. It means so much to me that I can be even a small part of this.
Although October will be here sooner than it feels and I am very grateful to have the much-needed time to prepare, I can hardly wait. These pictures have made me so very anxious to be there. I know that by allowing me the opportunity to teach and aide them, the people of the village of Saraiya will be giving back to me even more than I might deserve. They have already brightened my world and put a glowing color to each of my days and I have yet to meet a single one of them.