Today's challenge: write about a day in the life of someone who is poor – but here is the twist - make it a good day.
There are none so blind as those who will not see! And there are none so poor as those who do not appreciate what they have!
A Somali woman carried her starving baby son into a refugee camp just over the border in Ethiopia. The camp was built to house 90,000 refugees and there are now over 430,000 starving people there, hopelessly seeking help. The volunteers who met her at the edge of the camp had no time to do more than allocate the woman a plastic mattress in a UN-issue tent, issue her a ration pack and water, and attach an IV full of saline solution, nutrients and antibiotics to her skeletal baby son, before the volunteers left for the next triage case. Rotary, Red Cross, Medecins sans Frontieres and UN staff mingled on the site, helping wherever they could, trying to deal with the flood of critical cases arriving by the minute. Back in the bare tent, the Somali mother gazed down at her son, now protected from the sun, and watched the life-giving fluid flow into him. After a while, when his condition had visibly improved, she thought: "He will live: This is a good day!"