Donations, round one

Lorenzo said get to know the country on your first trip. He also talked about bringing boxes with school materials and used clothes. I thought of my Dad, who saw the futility of donating food in Peru 60 years ago. He got into family planning. And then I was born, very planned. Hmm . . . taking boxes. But then I saw Lorenzo’s basement, full of donations — people feeling good about giving. Then Lorenzo said what Gambians need, that is not in his basement. Pencils and notebooks. I’d have to buy that. Hmm . . . but if I buy in Gambia, that helps the Gambian economy more . . .

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