The holidays have definitely approached fast this year. It has been interesting to celebrate Christmas in a different culture. Mali being predominantly Muslim, you would not expect to see any signs of Christmas. While these signs are not noticeable in the villages, a Christmas tree and decorations deck the storefronts and hotels through Bamako. One of things I definitely miss has been the feeling of Christmas. I love seeing the beautiful trees and beautifully decorated houses that have become the statement of Christmas. But most of all, I think the spirit of love and giving take over people’s hearts. When I worked for Convergys as a manager, we used to have Penny Wars to raise money for families at Christmas time. I had employees who sometimes had barely enough for their own families and they were willing to donate.
This Christmas, I appreciate all the wonderful people that have given to support us in our campaign. There have been times when we have wanted to just call it quits but wonderful hearts kept giving time, money and love so we could keep pushing on. We could not do this without individuals who believe in a better tomorrow and are willing to sacrifice their time and resources to make that dream a reality.
This holiday season, I send a shout out to all you wonderful people, you know who you are. We could not do this without you. I can ensure you that we will not disappoint if we achieve our goal. As Yeah says: ” A victory is not just the election. A victory is to make Mali a model of change, of success.” The children and people of Mali will have a better tomorrow.
At this Holiday Season our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible. It is in this spirit we say :”Thank You and Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday! We hope that the coming year will bring you peace, good health, good cheer and much prosperity “