Another update from Burundi and Ben Hobden:
I have been posting many tragic and depressing stories in the past few weeks. But not all of them are like this. Today I have a very positive and heart warming story to share:
Oscar is the gate keeper, and one of the janitors at the school here in Burundi. He told me when I arrived that everyday he wakes up at 4:45 am to get to school for 7:00, because he has to walk 7 km from his house and couldn’t afford a bike.
At the school, there were many bikes donated from Canadians back home, but for teachers only. All had been broken, and worn down. They were collecting dust in the storage room. The school couldn’t afford to fix them, and as you can see from their condition none were rideable.
I really wanted to get Oscar a bike. But instead, I talked to the school about their bikes. I told them I would fix and pay for tires and parts for all of the bikes. The only condition I had was that Oscar got one of these bikes to ride to and from work. In exchange, all of the remaining bikes would be fixed at no expense for them. They happily agreed.
This morning, I took Oscar into the bike room, and told him to pick whichever bike he wanted. You could say that he was pretty happy….
We are so fortunate to live in the country that we do. Here in Burundi, and many other places, even people who are employed and work very hard can barely make a life.
I hope by sharing these experiences we can all gain a better perspective on the way we live, and how lucky we are. And of course as always, please share the story, and follow the link below to donate:
From Burundi with love