What was so great about this recent Africa trip was that we got to help real people, and the impact was immediate. I worked in a remote village that had never had electricity in their history, and by the end of the day we provided it.
Besides solar panels, we also installed a playground merry-go-round that the kids could enjoy, which also generates electric power to charge reading lanterns for them. Now the boys and girls can read at night, and will see real progress for generations to come. It's so important that these young people can read; never again will the moms not be able to help with the homework.
The look of gratitude and the countless hugs and “thank yous” were so touching it was hard to hold back the tears. These people live so simply and yet were so happy. It really touched my heart and made me realize how good we have it back in the states, and to never take for granted what life should really be about. It's about giving back and contribution; who cares about fancy cars and material goods? What's really important is giving back to people that really need and appreciate our assistance.
Thanks Viridian, for constantly changing my life for the better in so many ways!
My name is Joe Occhiogrosso, and I am Generation V.