"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." -Anne Frank
I am hugely inspired by the small actions that as individuals we can all take in order to improve the world.
For a long time I believed that the task of transforming our country was too big and too impossible, often ending conversations about potential solutions with "Oh well! What can we do? C'est la vie!".
With time and lots of inspiration from other people, I have come to think differently. Everything starts with a single step and no action is too small. I find this especially true when we work in community, joining lots of small efforts to create bigger impact.
UPNicaragua works under that model, we began as a tiny grassroots organization. For several months we held our program at a Garden Cafe table and relied on 2 main staff members who volunteered 100% of their time. Slowly but surely, more people started donating their time and investing in the program.
Today we are still a small effort, but more solid and much stronger thanks to supportive people in our community who not only donate material and financial resources, but more importantly invest their time, knowledge and love into the children in our program.
The needs and injustices in the world are too many. We probably won't ever find a solution to fix everything, with that in mind I choose to and remind you to not get overwhelmed and believe in the wise words of Mother Theresa "Never worry about the numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you."