Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Midweek Meditation: "Going to School on a Wire"

Many of us living in developed countries have it all easy. Some of us walk to school. Others have parents to drive them. Many take the bus or public transit. For people living in rural areas, they do not have all these modern luxuries. Living amid splendid mountains and gushing rivers, going to school may take hours. The journey there can even be a matter of life and death. In a rural community in Nepal, about 200 children goes to school daily by crossing a "wire bridge." In order to cross the river, they would need to bring along a special sling rope strong enough to carry their weight and a roller to go across from one end to the other. Many have lost their fingers.

This video is quite troubling. On the one hand, it can remind us to be thankful for the convenience we have. On the other hand, we may start to ask: What can we do? It is a moment to pray, to think, and to ask God what we can do.

Kids on a Wire from World Report Viewfinder on Vimeo.
In rural Nepal, these children literally have to do a high-wire act, just to get to school.

Writer/Director: Keshab Pandey

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