Thanksgiving is especially meaningful this year here at VMG.
This month our gifted Director of Photography, Ty Migota, and I traveled to Sierra Leone to tell the story of the Prosthetics Outreach Foundation’s efforts there. We were fortunate to have Jessica Dyer of POF accompany us to act as liaison with the organization and staff in that West African, near-equatorial country.
Our experiences during those 7 days in country induced a mixture of tears and wonder. Sierra Leone has the distinction of being the poorest country on earth. The life span there is just over 40 years of age. The nation is still reeling from what can only be described as a horrific internal war, with the prime weapons of choice apparently the AK-47 and the machete. Amputees from those brutal years abound. The stories the survivors tell will put a hole in your heart.
It will take many years and help from around the world for Sierra Leone to heal.
As I settle back into the routine of an ordinary American, I am constantly reminded how extra-ordinary this country is. How fortunate we all are. How bountiful our lives. Despite our challenges, both personal and as a country, our opportunities are nearly limitless, our blessings abundant.
I know I will be counting mine this year.
Stay tuned for Pictures and the Video that accompanies this article.