Hello, Visions!

I was on the Tortola trip last summer (2008), and after reading [the December 2008] newsletter I just wanted to share an experience that I believe will stay with me for many years.  One of our work projects in Tortola was building a small, one-room house for an old woman named Mrs. Rose, whose house was already overflowing with people. One day, a small boy named Shamoy (probably around 6 years old) who lived with Mrs. Rose came outside and was sitting with us while we were on lunch break. As we all sat in the half-built house (which was still mostly just a frame of a house at this point), Shamoy tugged on my shirt as he looked up around him. Then he looked at me and said “This is the most beautiful house I have ever seen. Thank you.”

This was one of the most overwhelming and incredible moments I think I’ve ever had in my life. Watching this boy look at the work we were doing with such appreciation and wonder in his eyes was a memory I will never forget. The feeling of accomplishment, pride, and overwhelming joy I felt in that moment will never be forgotten.

That specific moment, and VISIONS in general, has inspired and instilled in me a passion for helping people less fortunate than myself in whatever way I can. I will continue to strive to achieve that feeling of personal satisfaction and achievement by helping others throughout the rest of my life.

Thank you so much,

Lily Plotkin

VISIONS in The New York Times