Shining Hope for Communities


Yes, my Periscope addiction is ongoing.  So now on the Periscope App where you can see the videos from individuals you are following, the Periscope people have begun posting recommended videos that remain for viewing for about 24 hours.  I watched one of the best this morning.  It was from journalist Nick Kristof, who had invited Eunice Akoth (a sixth grade student from the settlement of Kibera in Kenya, Africa) to visit him in New York.  The short, live video showed a brief interview and a performance of a poem by Eunice.  The poem is extremely moving, and can be found here along with several other stories about day to day life in Kibera.  Kibera is Africa’s largest slum where daily challenges can include basic needs like food, water, and shelter.  Shining Hope for Communities is an organization working to help this settlement, and their mission statement can be seen below in a screenshot from their website.  At the very least, you should check out the poem from Eunice.  If you are like me, it will inspire you to learn more about her story and the people who have reached out to assist her and the community she lives in.



I watched the documentary called Virunga last night, and really liked the film. Virunga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The park is managed by the Congolese National Park Authorities, the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN), and the movie tells a little bit of their story. According to Wikipedia, “the park was created in 1925 by King Albert I of Belgium as the first national park on the continent of Africa. It was founded primarily to protect the mountain gorillas living in the forests of the Virunga Mountains…” So naturally, the mountain gorillas play a big part in the movie too.

I most appreciated the story of the caretaker of orphaned gorillas. One of the park rangers, however, has my favorite quote from the film.

     “All that could happen to me…”

     “I will accept it.”

     “I am not special.”