A Thought from Shannon

DAWSON draws

Aug. 27, 2011

Today I was driving home from a trip to the store to pick up some photos
that my nine year old daughter needs for a school project.  She just
completed her first week of school.  Her teacher is great.  The school
is amazing.  She is excited about the new things that she is learning,
especially regarding technology (this week she created a Power Point
presentation at home entitled, “Why I Need A Cell Phone”). My other two
elementary age children are also adjusting well to being back in the
classroom all day.  I try to instill in them that education is a
privilege and a blessing.  They probably get sick of my reminding them
of it all the time, but I think its starting to rub off—at least a
little bit.

I was in a upbeat and happy mood, feeling very good about life.  A song
came on the radio that I like and I turned it up.  It is by Mumford and
Sons and is called “The Cave”.  Normally my kids and I like to rock out
to the upbeat accoustic chorus.  It is kind of a pounding song of hope
and I wore a smile until I actually listened again to the chorus.

I WILL HOLD ON HOPE
AND I WON’T LET YOU CHOKE
UPON THE NOOSE AROUND YOUR NECK

Suddenly a lump entered my throat and I felt a wave of humility wash
over me.  I suddenly thought again, as I do many times each day, about
our kids in Haiti.  They are supposed to be starting school in about 10
days.  We are still quite short on what we need to start all of them.
Without education these children are stuck in poverty, like a noose
around their necks, choking out opportunity and hope.  The words of that
song have continued to echo throughout my head all day until I finally
had to write it down and share it with you all.

We are so grateful to those of you who have sponsored children and
supported us in the past.  We’re so grateful to those of you who have
recently donated to help make sure these beautiful children start school
again this year.  And we are so grateful to those of you who will take
the time to write out a check or make a PayPal donation after reading
this message!

Our promise to the over 130 children in our program:
(WE) WILL HOLD ON HOPE
AND (WE) WON’T LET YOU CHOKE
UPON THE NOOSE AROUND YOUR NECK.

Thank you for helping us help them!


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