All eyes seem to be on China - either with anticipation of the Games, concern for human rights, and of course, concern for the terrible loss of life and infrastructure caused by the recent earthquake. It's easy to feel helpless when wanting to respond to this tragedy - what can we do to make any difference? Our good friend Billy, part of Communality in Lexington, KY, recently sent the following email with a tangible way to express solidarity and love for one village. Read on, and then, maybe, act...
I hope that you are all doing well. I wanted to let you know about a project in which our foundation is currently engaged in Sichuan Province, China. We're trying to help rebuild a primary school in the village of Bai Hua in the aftermath of the earthquake that leveled hundreds of schools and killed thousands of children. Through our investment director Jon Carnes we have already held talks with the provincial government and expressed our desire to help rebuild the school. Jon's company Eos Asia (who manage our endowment) have a large investment in a commercial cement company in the village and thereby a long-term commitment to the area. We want to help this village rebuild and attain healthy functioning. Anyhow, we've completely revamped our website over the past couple of weeks in part to prepare for this effort. We've got it set up so that people can learn more about the initiative (and our other work) through the site and even make donations online if they so choose. As much as anything the people of Sichuan Province need your prayers. This project gives us one way that we can also act together in a direct manner. We'll be posting updates on the progress of the project on the site once it commences.
Thanks so much for your consideration and for all of the hard work that you do for the cause of justice in the small ways that matter most. Keep going in it......
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