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I have never been more honored or humbled to be a part of such an awe inspiring team. It is amazing to know people who would drop everything, travel to the other side of the planet, just to help people, because they need help. Not for the fame, fortune or glory, but just because. Included are others who would spend hundreds of volunteer hours to support the vision.

Many people I know have asked me why would I help people thousands of miles away, who I don’t know, who don’t know me? “Can’t someone else help them?” they say. They remind me of the poem about the Body family. It begins, “Once upon a time, there was a family of four. Their names were Everybody, Somebody, Nobody and Anybody. Whenever there was an important job to be done, Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it…” I would like to be one of the Somebody’s that did “it.”

How can I not after seeing the pictures of Guisma and Leila? As I look at Achta, surrounded by her family, I see a miraculous strength in her eyes that I have never know. I see a woman who has survived the most horrific of circumstances and still is able to support and care for her children. I see a testimony to the human spirit and an unwavering determination that is unfamiliar to most people that I know. My favorite picture is of Guisma’s little brother, looking like my own son at the age, staring in to the camera as if wondering what’s taking us so long. Looking, as if to say, Everybody said they would help, but Nobody has, isn’t Anybody coming? Well, little man…Somebody is on the way!!!


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Jocelyn has been in the Early Care and Education field for over 45 years. Her first “job” was as an assistant in her mother’s Family Child Care program. Her professional career began over 15 years ago as a teacher’s aide in an infant care center and prior to her current position, served as the Director of Program Operations of a Head Start Program that served over 800 children and families. In between, she has held such positions as pre-school teacher, teacher trainer, workshop facilitator, program specialist, CARES Advocate, parent educator, and college instructor.


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