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Thursday, December 3, 2009

No, seriously, THANK YOU!

We won!   We won!   We won!   We won!   We won!   We won!  We won!  We won!  We won!!!!

You may have thought I was being a little tongue-in-cheek with my last post, but I want to assure you that this truly has been the most thankful of Thanksgivings I have ever had the chance to endure. Okay, so endure may be a little strong, but after three days of feasting on Seli Ba leftovers (including a lovely sheep's head soup for breakfast!) I think its a fair statement.

In all seriousness, here at MHOP we have 343 wonderful reasons to give thanks this holiday season: you, you, you, you, you, you and you! (x49). We were amazed, humbled and ecstatic to discover that our Global Giving campaign beat the competition with an incredible $38,151 (and counting...) from 343 unique donors. With the matched funds and the $10,000 bonus, we raised $61,723!!

Our team with the CSCOM de Sikoro-Sourakabougou board, after signing our final contract.  
Your donations built the building, and now they will also allow us to pilot Action for Health in it!
I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all of you who have ever contributed (some of you more than once!) to support our programs. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I hope you are swelling with pride at this very moment, because you are as much a part of this work as I am. While walking from our clinic to the office, participating in our lively meetings/debates, writing our mobile record forms or planning our next CHW training I am thanking you. Sweating on the sotroma, noshing on rice and fishy sauce, scrubbing the seven layers of dirt off of my toes, I am thanking you. (Okay, so occasionally I might be swearing at you but I don't really mean it, I promise.) You are the reason I am here and I can never be thankful enough for that.

So, today, tomorrow, everyday... THANK YOU!