Monday marked our Spring 2011 application deadline. Since we have limited resources and do our best to be a dependable source of multi-year support for the children we aid, it is not unusual for more than 90% of our beneficiaries in any cycle to be those who are already receiving ongoing help. For instance, last fall we welcomed four new families while renewing aid to 65 more.
One of my favorite parts of my job is receiving out-of-the-blue emails and letters from beneficiary families wanting to update us on their activism, their lives or their children. I received such an email a few days ago from an activist dad who shared a reflection his 19-year-old daughter, Moira, wrote about her recent alternative spring break trip.