As a non profit entity, The HeliOS Project does not generate capital. We do not "profit" as is made obvious by our non profit status.
That doesn't mean we don't receive individual "payment" from time to time.
I received a letter not too long ago from the Executive Director of The Settlement Home, thanking us for accepting them as one of our projects. We built12 computers then installed them around the compound, in the various "houses". The Settlement Home is a safe-haven and long term home for young girls who have been horribly abused or neglected.
You better be a strong person if you are going to sit with one of the counselors and listen to some of the individual stories.
Strong means not getting up, obtaining a ball bat and busting the knees of the sub-human rot capable of these acts.
It was our privilege and pleasure to accept and complete this project. The giggles and bright-eyed anticipation we saw and heard while we were there is treasure beyond tally.
I honestly wish you could have been there.
See...some of you were. You are the parts and the pieces that make up the whole of those machines and of that software. Many of you give us money so we can do what we do, you write the code and scripts that make it all work...and without you, I could have never experienced the soaring joy that was The Settlement Home.
So no...we don't get paid in money...and often, what we are paid by has no tangible presence.
But sometimes it does.
Shortly behind the letter we received from Linda Addicks Kokemor, The Executive Director, we received a large brown postal envelope. Within that envelope was the only real "payment" some of you will realize for helping us do what we do. I dearly hope you can understand how precious this payment is...for it comes from the hands and the hearts of the tiniest among those there...Those little girls from The "Nelson House".
While my name is on some of these, understand that these children associate what they have with the person they saw place it there...they have no idea that it was you that put those computers into their homes...it was you that opened the doors to their futures...that gave them choices they may never have had otherwise. I've made sure the staff passes that along when the opportunity presents itself.
Just so you know. I want you to have these:
Thursday, July 23, 2009
blather and mumbling provided by Ken Starks at 9:24 PM