Each small act of kindness reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of the good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it is passed, until simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away.
-Dean Koontz, the character of H.R. White in "From the Corner of His Eye"
I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
The capacity to care is what gives life its most deepest significance.
I am getting my quotes from a new site. They are a little longer but well worth the read. Just an FYI, I have started to remove any photos of me or anyone else on my team. I am trying to make it more of an anonymous site since I will be going home soon.
I am pretty excited because I just came up with one last thing readers can do if they want to help out. Everyone already knows about Betsy's Women of Hope project, the Volunteer Community Relations program, and Operation Outreach. Well those of you that read yesterday's post also know about Nazia and how she was brutally beaten and had her nose and ears cut off by her husband. Here are some recent news articles if you would like more information.
It turns out that a civilian physician that I know is helping to manage her care at a local hospital. We talked about the surgeries that they will be doing in the coming months. I thought that it would be a good idea to start a fundraiser because I know that she is poor and in need of financial assistance. Her only possessions are the ones you see and they have all been donated by mentors.
Here is the way the fundraiser will work. If you are interested in contributing to the fund you can donate through http://naziafund.chipin.com/ or the widget at the top of my blog. Chipin will not charge any money to either the contributor or the fundraiser. The money will get sent to a Paypal account. 2 other people that I know and trust will be remaining in Kabul for some time and will have access to the account to verify the integrity. My goal is to raise $10,000 in 6 months. It would be great to raise more. The funds will be easily transferred to Nazia though Dr.Davis via Paypal. Obviously, no one will make any money from this . I think PayPal charges minimal fees for the money transfer. Other then that, 100% of the money will go to Nazia. If you are also interested in sending cloths or gifts to her you can send them to this address:
Today at the clinic I did a lot of teaching on women's health. I was locked in a small room with 10 women. The interpreter was really put to the test today. I would ask a question and everyone would speak up at the same time. They would argue and debate the answer amongst themselves. It was a pretty funny site. I would just sit there and enjoy my chai and nuts that they provided for me. I was able to get in a good solid hour of teaching, so from my standpoint I think that it went very well. I think I will try and work on getting them a microscope to use for their exams.
Dr. Gary Davis
APO AE 09356
I visited the inpatient ward again and I spoke with the family of the patient that is quadriplegic with a serious head injury. I am just so amazed at how his brother and a cousin are at his bedside 24 hours a day. When I approached them they were giving him physical therapy. I asked them how they were getting by since they were not working. They said that they were dipping into their savings. I think more then anything that I have encountered so far, this was a great example of the Afghan spirit. They are so dedicated to their family members that they are willing to put their lives on hold and care for a family member that is in need.
I spoke with some kids that are always hanging behind a fence outside of the clinic when we arrive. I usually just wave or throw them a candy but today I was able to speak to them for a little while. They live up in the hills in a small home with no running water or electricity. I asked them how they got their water and they said that they had to walk down the hill and carry it up everyday. I asked them how often they bathed and they said once a week, every Thursday. I asked then what kind of food they ate and they replied potatoes and rice. I asked if they ever ate meat and they said once a month. I asked them if they could have one gift what would it be. They all said chocolate. I told them that I always give them chocolate. Aside from chocolate what gift did they want. Their reply was some new shoes. They were wearing thin plastic boots without any socks. Their feet must have been freezing.
Whenever we pull up there they are. They usually are asking for things. Sometimes they are singing and dancing. The kid on the far right does this thing were he does a fake cry to get attention but he is unable to stop breaking into a smile in the middle of it. It always makes me laugh. When I start to think about the things that I will miss about Kabul these kids will be high on the list.
Thanks for reading.