Imagine your schoolroom was a thatch-roofed hanger on wooden poles, with no walls and a dirt floor.

Imagine your desk was a narrow wooden bench that you shared with another student.

Imagine you had no text books.

Imagine your student-teacher ration was 100:1

Now imagine you could not use your hands.

May this young man, AKPLASSOU Yao Atchou, who lives in Amoussime, Togo, encourage us all to overcome whatever challenges lie before us in 2006.

God bless and Happy New Year.

(Photo courtesy of my neighbor, a different Yao, who I wrote about on this Grace Notes post.)