“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” [Christopher Reeve]


I am always right, and you should probably just agree with me — but I don’t want everyone to blindly follow me and do what I do.  There are a lot of problems; we should probably split up.

Every week, I will show you something to get excited about!  If you don’t get excited, hang out until next week.  Different strokes, folks.

Even better, if you or someone you know is doing something the rest of us should know about, leave me a note and let me know.  Maybe you’ll get me excited, and I can help.  I would love to help!

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Anne Lamott says that “hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.”  This is the story of an organization doing just that.

[Confession:  This post feels like cheating two-fold.  First, I’m cheating by making my post on the virtue of “hope” the story of Project HOPE.  Second, I’m cheating by making another Cause of the Week something I am intensely passionate about.]

Project HOPE “delivers health education, medicines, medical supplies and volunteer help where needed.”  Since 1958, they’ve worked to make healthcare available to people around the globe.  Committed to long-term sustainable healthcare, they educate health professionals and community health workers, improve local health facilities, fight diseases such as TB, HIV/AIDS and diabetes and provide humanitarian assistance through donated medicines, medical supplies and volunteer medical help.  They’re “dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health problems” and believe in helping people to help themselves.  They are reaching out to more than thirty-five countries.

So why do I care?  Well, I’m not sure if you know it or not, but I’m actually pretty passionate about providing medical care to underserved areas.  Domestically and abroad, many people don’t have access to quality medical care.  Part of the reason I am actively pursuing health care education is to be able to effect positive change in this bleak situation.

You can help by donating, volunteering, or simply spreading the word.


Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.
Lin Yutang


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