What Do You Get Someone Who Has Everything?
That’s a hard task. It’s similar to the situation in the Congo. What Do You Get Someone Who Has Nothing?
It’s time of the year when you are writing your list and checking it twice. You want to find the ideal gift for your loved ones. How do you find that special present that they will cherish forever? Also, it is time of the year when Congo Helping Hands is making its annual list. We have checked it twice with thoughtful analysis and prayer, too. We have identified those projects which will make a difference next year, and the next, and next, and …
So what are the top three gifts you can give to a Congolese person who has nothing?
1. Palm Plantation. You can help us strengthen the palm plantation project at the Bulape Hospital. Some of the imported dwarf palm trees purchased in 2005 have begun to produce palm nuts. These nuts can be used to produce palm oil. Palm oil is a commercially viable product used for cooking and making soap. The hospital can start making money to help make up some of its annual deficits. The end result is continuous better health care for its poor Congolese community.
2. Mosquito Nets. You can save thousands of lives in the Bulape Health Zone. Malaria is a deadly but preventable disease affecting pregnant women and children. The insecticide treated nets fights malaria on two levels. First, it keeps mosquitoes off vulnerable persons. And second, it kills mosquitoes that come in contact with the net. The nets’ treatment lasts for three to five years. The end result is less deaths from malaria for years.
3. Safe Well Water. You can provide safe well water for thousands of poor rural Congolese. Clean and disease-free water will obviously save lives. But a nearby drilled-well can also improve the school attendance of girls. They will spend less than time walking miles to fetch water. Smarter girls will become smarter women and mothers. These women and mothers will improve their family and community life forever.
So how do you find that special gift for someone who has everything? You look, think, look, and then finally buy something. If you can’t find that special gift for your loved one, just remember you can give them the satisfaction of giving to someone who has nothing. We did the looking, thinking, and evaluating for you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in the Congo.