Saturday, February 26, 2005

School Daze

I wanted to show all of you some more positive things that are happening here in Iraq.

The following photos show the current state of a lot of the schools located in the urban areas of the country. The picture below is a school located not to far from our base headquarters. As you can see, it is a very basic "mud hut" with a thatch roof.



This is a closer photo of the "school house"...



...and these next two are of the actual class rooms inside of the building.





Now for the good stuff. This is project funded by you, the American Taxpayer, to build new schools where they are most needed...



...in order to give these children a better environment in which to learn.



I know it sounds idealsitic, but I want to believe that our efforts will give these beautiful, Iraqi children the tools they need...



...to build a a brighter future for their children...



...because little kids shouldn't have to worry about stuff like this.



Call me a dreamer...

John

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey brother,

remember when you tried to burn down me and jessics school, you didnt do a very good job because i remember we still had to go to school that next day, im thinking we should of had some of these posters in our school showing model rockets and gasoline

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IT was good to see the bright side of life.The world will be a better place.Justus's comments will be a story to be told, and you will come home with even more .Keep the info coming, last week I did not here from you and we got concern.
Just got off the phone with Megan she was gettting ready for next mission out. She said they keep taking her truck after she gets it ready and moveing her to another one. She sounded good, so both of you GOD BLESS we love you

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Shelly and Jessic said...

John~ Those pictures are amazing! I can't wait for Monday, so I can show my students...Did I just say that I couldn't wait for a "Monday?" :)

Take care and we love you!

PSS~ Amy and I have been playing a fantastic game of phone tag. Amy if you're reading this...you're it!

Love,
Shelly

1:55 PM  
Blogger Jeff n Marcy said...

Hey John,

I think you missed your calling as a photo journalist. Between the pixs and your writings, you're definitely helping us to get a feel for how things are developing over there.
I really think that it is important for people to make a concerned effort to relate with the events taking place in Iraq. Too often we are sheltered by how blessed we are and become disconcerned with the plight of countries like Iraq. Keep up the good work, keep your idealistic thoughts flowing. It's good to be a "dreamer".

Jeff

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great reporting John!! It's always great to hear from you. The avaition unit here in Decatur and the transportation unit from Paris just got back in town. It seems like just a few months ago that they left. I know that time travels at a different speed when you're over there though....

btw..for a little amusement check out www.savetoby.com Poor wittle wabbit.

Take care & God Bless!!
Charles

9:12 PM  
Blogger Aunt Maidi said...

Hi, John -

The photos are unbelievable. Oh, what we take for granted! Thanks for making this so real to all of us. The key to change in any society is education. I'm glad that Americans are playing a role in helping our brother and sister move out of the darkness of ignorance and poverty by building schools. And we especially thank you for the sacrifice you are making. We are most aware of it and are grateful. Our prayers continue to cover you.

Grace & peace,

Aunt Maidi

5:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey John,

It's really great to see some positive spin on things taking place in Iraq, most of the news only covers bombings and elections. Those issues make great head lines, but the story you're telling is way better.

Keep up the great work & God Speed,
Clint & Kelly Bridges

PS. I saw a report about a big win for the good guys... Sunday, Iraqi government officials said Saddam Hussein's half-brother and his former personal adviser had been captured

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey John,

It's really great to see some positive spin on things taking place in Iraq, most of the news only covers bombings and elections. Those issues make great head lines, but the story you're telling is way better.

Keep up the great work & God Speed,
Clint & Kelly Bridges

PS. I saw a report about a big win for the good guys... Sunday, Iraqi government officials said Saddam Hussein's half-brother and his former personal adviser had been captured

7:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi John!

Keep up the good work!! We miss you, but thanks to your blog and pictures, we know there is a purpose. You guys are in our prayers.

Krista

11:09 AM  
Blogger Andy Wall said...

Hi John,

Maybe you should take a job as a reporter instead of going back to Dell.

I went paint-balling with your family the other day. Amy was the only adult woman out there and our kids were the only girls out there. One young teenage boy thought Amy was quite a bit younger and asked her, "Is your dad in the Military?" To which Amy fired back, "Look punk, I'm married and old enough to be your mother!" Later Amy was shot in the butt as the was trying to surrender, I think it might have been the same kid.

OK, Amy didn't really respond quite that way, but they did shoot her in the butt despite trying to surrender and walk off the field (she's convinced it was deliberate).

We all played together and it was quite fun. Often we were joined to other teams who were not quite sure if the wanted to play "with a bunch of girls."

I think we would have done much better if the masks quit fogging up.

The field was full of 6th graders with top of the line paint ball equipment. Shooting adults was easy, but playing these guys was like trying to shoot rabbits armed with automatics.

Wish you were there. We miss you.

Andy

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just to let you know big brother i shot expert today with the m16a2, 44 out of 50 and 10 of those shots were with a gas mask on, so if you need a sniper over there im your man

lata
justus

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi John,

A mighty hello from PA. I am a sister/friend of your Aunt Maidi and Uncle Ivan. Please know how very much the pictures you send allow us to not dream but see what is before you. Just remember: "If there is light in the soul, There will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, There will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, There will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, There will be peace in the world." God bless you, friend John and hello to all our heros. Peace

12:33 PM  

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