Gifts That Empower

Students in Ghana benefitting from UK donated furniture.

Sometimes, the intrinsic value of a donation is less than the whole story. School furniture initially, for example, seemed to us hardly worth the effort of shipping. It was our partners on the ground who ‘saw’ it with different eyes. Working at grassroots, where the cost of even the most basic items is beyond them, and certainly the cost of such furnishings for an entire school, they badly needed them and for two reasons. First, the obvious: they didn’t want kids sitting on the floor. Second, the less obvious: although dedicated and sacrificial teachers are teaching their students, the government would not give their graduates national status until they had a fully furnished facility. That very fact impacted tertiary studies, job approval and more. Now, therefore, we are careful to think hard when offered school furniture. Donors in the UK provided us with desks this year, some of which went to Ghana and others to Moldova.

It’s surprising how the value of a gift can be greater than the sum of its parts.

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