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Get on the Bus! (And Let the World Conspire in Your Favor, Too)

Posted Feb 08 2013 5:47am
Remember these kids?  My friends Bob, David, Rod and I helped them build a garden . They're the Fugees, and there are 136 of them now (including a class of girls) in the only privately-funded school dedicated to refugee children-of-war in the United States, located in Clarkston, Georgia, 13 miles from where I live (see 13 Miles and a World Away ).
They have one 14-passenger bus, which someone donated to them six years ago.  Here's how that happened: When asked what they needed most (besides everything) by that potential donor, one boy said out loud, "We need a bus." Their founder and leader, Luma Mufleh , was sort of embarrassed that he would ask for something so big, but a week later when the woman called and said she would donate a brand new bus, Luma learned an important lesson: You ask for what you need.

And now, it takes bunches of trips to get them all home after school and after soccer practice, after dark. And Luma now knows the most simple yet powerful thing she can do is say what she needs, and the world has a funny way of taking it from there. She said in an email to the 9,000 supporters of the Fugees yesterday, "We need a bus." Just 500 people donating $100 each for a total of $50,000 will make it possible. Or one person calling and saying, "You got it." And you even get your name on the bus for donating. Click here to donate, or mail a check to Fugees Family, PO Box 388, Scottdale, GA 30079.

And as for all of us, I wonder, what is it we really need? Think about it. Ask for it. And see what happens. Let the world conspire in your favor, too.


eclectic food-for-thought for a changing world
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