Friday, November 18, 2016

Little bursts of light  
It's pretty cloudy out there in the world right now, so I wanted to share with you two little bursts of light. 

From our living room window . . .

1. We got the money to Tina's sister in Nigeria in time to pay off the hospital so that their father could be transferred for a critical operation. The old hospital would not transfer him to the one where they are capable of doing the operation until the entire bill was paid which was like 150,000 in Naira. 

2. I got an appointment for Emmanuel to see the Caritas lawyer and picked up a kit for his permesso di soggiorno renewal. This doesn't sound like much, but the more that I think about, the more I realize it could be essential for Emmanuel whose permit ran out last month. If we go soon, he will still be in the grace period. And, even if, the questura denies him the permesso because his appeal case is still pending regarding his protection in Italy, at least the Post Office can generate the appointment slip so he will be safe if stopped by a police officer who wants to see his documents in the short run. Of course, a million things could still go wrong there. But it is a step in the right direction. 

Make that three.

3. Two lovely humans have decided to help me organize the Christmas time initiative for children to make presents for the refugees who are inside the Red Cross Tent. So that project is getting off the ground, as well!

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