As I have been preparing to go on a 6 month GSK Volunteer assignment in Rwanda called “PULSE” strangely enough I began to think of myself as a raindrop. A single raindrop doesn’t matter much but it can evoke strong emotions: anticipation of a cooling rain, disappointment that the rain is coming and might ruin your outdoor plans, anger that the weathermen did not predict rain today, regret that you left your umbrella at home or joy that your garden will be refreshed. Ultimately, if the rain doesn’t come the raindrop made no difference in your day.
So by now you are wondering why do I feel like a raindrop; what is my analogy? I have been given a wonderful opportunity by GSK to work with Partners in Health (PIH) supporting a breast cancer study and the neonatal nursing program at 3 PIH hospitals in rural Rwanda. As a single “raindrop”, I will make no difference in the people I plan to serve. However, when I “join” with other raindrops I become part of rain and the world is changed. The rain turns the grassland in the Serengeti from brown to green, the wildebeest migrate, crops flourish, people are fed, flowers bloom and the rivers swell. Without the rain, the world is barren.
Many generous of caring individuals, past and present, from NGOs, churches, corporations, have provided a steady “rainfall” that has sustained those impoverished in their local communities and in faraway places around the world. Seventy-five PULSE volunteers will deploy across the world this year, barely an ounce of water if it were to be measured, however, if you add in all the previous PULSE volunteers (over 600), the PULSE support team that makes this program happen, my GSK colleagues who support my leave, the NGO I will partner with, I am part of a “downpour”. I am confident that together we can enrich the lives of many; I am grateful for your support and to be a “raindrop”!