A Program for Happiness
To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy, not respectable;
and wealthy, not rich;
to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly;
to listen to the stars and the birds, to babes and sages with an open heart;
to bear all cheerfully, and bravely,
await occasions, hurry never;
in a word, to let the spiritual unbidden and unconscious
grow up through the common.
Our day began with a much awaited return to Itipini. This us a community of 3,000 people living in a garbage dump, with no electricity, sanitation, public transportation and two water spigots for the entire village. Arm In Arm In Africa joined in a partnership with the African Medical Mission as a way to embrace this community. We continue to provide assistance with the lumch program for the children's preschool, as well as providing medical supplies and newborn clothing for the one and only clinic in Itipini.
[space height="HEIGHT"] Father Jim was able to check in with Jenny McConnachie, the nurse who manages the clinic. Jenny reports that a few families have been able to find more secure housing outside of Itipini, however it continues to be the only choice for many coming out of the rural area of the Eastern Cape. AIAIA is hopeful of securing additional donations to assist this most impoverished community. Our visit concluded with sharing some songs and Mother Bears with the preschoolers.