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“Lost time is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin.
Franklin was famous for sayings like these. He had a way of reminding us of what is self evident in life even though it may not be exactly obvious. When considering our work at the Foundation, it occurred to me recently that one of the most important things we do is give time back to people for whom it has been lost.
For example, in one village where we have invested in access to clean water, it was measured that the average woman in the village had an extra four to five hours a day back in her life because she no longer had to walk for water. Just imagine what she can do with that gift of time.
The Caterpillar Foundation has been given the great privilege not to lift people out of poverty as though they couldn’t do this themselves, but instead, we get to be a part of the journey with these women. The gift of time is one of the most powerful things we can give because it unleashes the natural power of these women to do things…like start businesses, schools and non-for-profits to make their families, their villages and their world a better place. The power of time is about the person receiving the gift more than anything else.
The Caterpillar Foundation believes that together with partners like charity: water, we can make a difference in this space and ultimately, in the lives of the people of Africa.
I’ve invited my friend Scott Harrison from charity: water to share a few words.
This article has been cross-posted from ONE:
...Lost and Found It’s a story that many people have lived through, from one side or the other. You’re a child in a busy department store, tethered to your mother’s side by her firm grip on your hand, your eyes constantly drawn left and right by the colorful displays. She lets go to grab something or talk to a salesperson, and you see an exciting toy or stuffed animal and run to it. After playing with it for a few minutes you try to walk back, but your mother is gone. First a wave of confusion hits you, but it is quickly overcome by dread. You are alone and lost in a sea of noise and people. When great philosophers or authors talk or write of being “lost” they can mean all sorts of things, but few are as visceral as the feeling of being lost that a child in a situation like that can experience. Even if there’s a good chance the child is in no danger at all, the feeling of dread that accompanies feeling alone and lost in a crowded department store can be terrifying. Most people will have their first feeling of being lost as being literally, physically lost as children, whether it is in a department store, or in a large park, or simply down the next street. It makes sense, then, to start defining what it means to be “lost” with the experience of a child. What about that deep, philosophical “lost,” though? When people say they feel...