Wednesday, December 17, 2008
We attended the local school's Christmas concert on Tuesday as our youngest DD has been a teacher there for the last 3 years. It will be our last year of this event as she is moving to Melbourne to teach in a larger school next year. We know quite a few of the families at the school and it's been good to maintain the contact over the past 3 years. The kids had lots of fun singing and dancing in front of their family and friends.
I'm still focused on the plight of the Timorese people, especially as we are entering our time of celebrations for Christmas. There is such a stark contrast between the life we have here in Australia and their needs for simple things like food and water. I'm starting a chocolate drive to help raise funds to send medical equipment over there and I'm still networking to find ways to help train the nursing staff at a small hospital in the mountains, as that will bring a big improvement in their lives. We take our health care for granted and people become very impatient if kept waiting to see a doctor, and yet in Timor there was no doctor to provide care and the people waited in line all day to see the clinic nurse. I still think of those people who would have been too ill to walk to the clinic and how they could be given care as well.
On a brighter note I do have plenty of people who will be happy to receive a quilt from the next shipment and this is one of the quilts I've donated to East Timor.
I hope you are all looking forward to a peaceful time of celebration with family and friends at Christmas time.