Today I had a Facetime with a school in Kamloops, British Columbia. It lasted about a half an hour. All of the people on the other end of the call were very nice and earnestly listening.
We talked about their postcards, and they asked me about mine, and how the whole Any Refugee project started. And, at the end of the call, the entire class held up their postcards for me to see. The postcards they had made were every nice, fully colored in with colored pencil, and behind that, a neat pattern.
It was a very cool little chat that the 15-20 students had with me. The teacher and students asked good and thorough questions. Overall, the call was very respectful and calm, although my camera was frozen and glitchy.
William was graciously invited to speak about Any Refugee with a local think tank at the University of Alaska Anchorage where the topic of the day was Anchorage’s refugee community. He was well received and many people from different agencies and organizations approached William afterward to network and get contact information to share with people they know across the state. William is ready for more postcards and Outreach events like this.
If you, like representatives from Catholic Social Services and the Anchorage School District, are interested in participating…please do. Share Any Refugee with your friends, family, community. Invite William to speak at your school, business or organization. We are one big community and love for our fellow man transcends language barriers.
This was most of the crowd that attended the think tank (William is located at the lower left-hand corner of the picture-eagerly awaiting his introduction). There were some more people sitting with William, but they were accidentally left out.
William at the beginning of his talk.
Having to adjust the sound to register his nine-year-old voice.
During the question and answer time. He was asked really good questions about Any Refugee’s origins, current participants and why William believes in his project so much. He answered them with ease and a charmed tone (his words, not mine).
Thank you to Catholic Social Services and the organizers of the meeting for inviting William to speak. It made his day and he looks forward to putting his new contacts to use.
When I talk to people in need, they tell me they want to hope; they are eager for opportunity; they are ready for better days. And I can tell you that every time their hopes are disappointed, all nations lose.