Several years ago, we decided to take a long weekend trip to somewhere out of the country. Living in Florida, El Salvador seemed perfect because it was close and looked “bite sized”, a place we could explore in a short time. Little did we know at that time that a part of our hearts would be left behind, and that this would be the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in our lives. That trip was a catalyst for many others. Seeing the terrible living conditions in El Salvador and the other developing countries we visited touched our hearts. We wanted to help. So we did.
We realized that even though we were just two simple people with a desire to improve people’s lives, we were actually able to make a difference. We thought of the African proverb, “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito.” So as we traveled more, we vowed to try to leave each needy place we saw a little better.
During our trips, with the assistance of the villagers, we watched these things happen:
Outside of the medical clinic and the women’s abuse shelter, most of the projects did not cost a whole lot and could be done little-by-little. Outside of the individually sponsored children, each program is self-sustaining once completed. And in every location…..
Finally, there came a time when we realized that we could no longer go it alone. There was so much to do yet not enough time, talent, or resources to do it with. We needed help. It was not just financial help that we needed. We needed people, especially people who shared our vision of “changing lives one step at a time.” We needed educators. We needed administrators. We needed volunteers to help with the many day to day functions. And so was born “Opening Doors Worldwide.”
We are making a difference and you can too! This has been our story. Is it yours?
Sadly, Cindi passed away too soon on December 1st, 2015. She is greatly missed by all who knew her.