Independence Day Message from HDF
As I sit here,
the sounds of pre-emptive fireworks are crackling and popping outside the window.
It is very festive, but it also serves as yet another reminder of how fortunate
we are here in America that the sounds of rockets and explosions in the sky
only are good things signifying celebration.
Indeed, there is much we
have to be grateful for in this country: All of the freedom and opportunity
to live our lives in the manner we choose, the ability to succeed through hard
work and determination, and the incredible access to the barest essentials of
what human beings need—clean water, education, health care, etc.—that
sometimes I think many of us take for granted.
As you know, it is not this
way everywhere in the world.
The overriding principle
of human development is that when people are given access to those essentials,
they will become self-sufficient enough to not only survive, but to prosper.
Time and time again, we at the Human Development Foundation have seen this happen.
Whether it is building and
staffing a girls’ secondary school that allows young women to continue
their education, or something as simple as installing some hand pumps that give
people access to clean and safe water, the programs—and the principles
behind those programs—of HDF give people much more than just some educational
classes or a glass of water.
Those programs help provide
Please, take a moment or
two from your celebration this year and think of those individuals who are not
as blessed as those of us in this country. It is only through the ongoing and
of our friends that HDF is able to continue to provide those desperately needed
Together, we have the power
to make incredible changes. Together,
we have the power to help people achieve independence.
On behalf of the staff and
Board of Directors of the Human Development Foundation, I wish you and your
family a happy and safe 4th of July.
Human Development Foundation
July 4th, 2006
Date/Time Last Modified: 7/4/2006 12:06:24 PM
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