Last Thursday I received this photograph of Vaishali, a 7 year old CP girl we have been taking care of since December 2009 (Evert, you will like this picture, I am sure!). I love Vaishali's smiling face, this ray of happiness and energy she is throwing to us in spite of her difficult life... I was thinking to post the picture on the blog, and write how it was making me feel so full of energy again, as a clear and obvious answer to all the doubts which are being brought by the sometimes hectic management of the Handimachal project.
On Friday I decided to dedicate this photograph to Eric Thomas, a partner of the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (where I am employed), who recently retired from the firm and suddently died of a heart attack on Thursday night, leaving a wife and two children. Eric had this marvelous attitude in life which made you think you were important to him, and he was loved by everyone. Thanks to his natural tolerance and curiosity, he always enquired about the progress of my social involvement in India and was one of my most regular and generous supporters for the Rajasthani school in Manali and of course for the Handimachal project.
This smile is one of the valuable heritages you have left in our custody, Eric: hope for a better life for the most deprived in the local community, over there in India, and a testimony for all of us, here, that giving and caring about others do create wealth.
Dominique, 26 June 2011