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The next morning we got up late, boarded the bus and checked
in for the flight home.
The flight was
generally uneventful. In Detroit, Ron Joyce learned that his ticket
and that of his mother had been written incorrectly and had to pay
a change fee to continue on. Naturally, once back in Arkansas, Ron
also learned his bags had been lost again, this time enroute home.
It was his and his mothers bags, as well as those of the John
and Arlene Clestor, that had been delayed enroute to Sibiu.
Lions and Fort Wayners returned home with a glow of positive accomplishment,
with gifts and photos in hand.
2800 pairs of glasses were fitted on happy faces. That statistic cannot
measure the impact of productivity and quality of life in Vurpar.
Some kids will be able to read their lessons for the first time. Some
older people will be able to see clearly for the first time in their
lives. The immediate impact and ongoing ramifications to the local
economy are simply unquantifyable, and we will hear stories for years
We Can See
The Lions put
their heart into the mission. Some mission members have since decided
to continue their involvement in the future of the village. For
most kids in Vurpar going to high school has only been a dream.
It simply costs too much. The closest high school is 20km away and
requires the student to live for the year in Sibiu. That means room
and board, books, and class costs. Eight of the
Lions each decided
to sponsor a student for the 2000-2001 school year. Some Lions spoke
of helping the child, depending on the student maintaining good
grades, to continue through four years of high school. The cost
is only $200 per year, but it is $200 more than the Romanians could
afford and a wonderful gift to Vurpar. Here are two students who
will be helped.
There were other
lessons taught, other gifts given, other exchanges of ideas among
villagers and Lions during the four days of work. Hope was given,
for sure. We delivered what we promised. We delivered it in a democratic,
first-come, first-served way. Villagers appreciated that. They met
Americans and began friendships. They learned from us and we learned
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