I got this email from a friend, and it originated from World Vision. Thought it was good enough to share. It has nothing to do with politics but what good is happening. Did you know? I didn’t know! How could we? Did you know that 47 countries have re-established their embassies in Iraq ? Did you know that the Iraqi government currently employs 1.2 million Iraqi people? Did you know that 3100 schools have been renovated, 364 schools are under rehabilitation, 263 new schools are now under construction and 38 new schools have been completed in Iraq ? Did you know that Iraq’s higher educational structure consists of 20 Universities, 46 Institutes or colleges and 4 research centers, all currently operating? Did you know that 25 Iraq students departed for the United States in January 2005 for the re-established Fulbright program? Did you know that the Iraqi Navy is operational? They have 5 -100-foot patrol craft, 34 smaller vessels and a naval infantry regiment. Did you know that Iraq’s Air Force consists of three operational squadrons, which includes 9 reconnaissance and 3 US C-130 transport aircraft (under Iraqi operational control) which operate day and night, and will soon add 16 UH-1 helicopters and 4 Bell Jet Rangers? Did you know that Iraq has a counter-terrorist unit and a Commando Battalion? Did you know that the Iraqi Police Service has over 55,000 fully trained and equipped police officers? Did you know that there are 5 Police Academies in Iraq that produce over 3500 new officers every 8 weeks? Did you know there are more than 1100 building projects going on in Iraq ? They include 364 schools, 67 public clinics, 15 hospitals, 83 railroad stations, 22 oil facilities, 93 water facilities and 69 electrical facilities. Did you know that 96% of Iraqi children under the age of 5 have received the first 2 series of polio vaccinations? Did you know that 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary school by mid October? Did you know that there are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in Iraq and phone use has gone up 158%? Did you know that Iraq has an independent media that consists of 75 radio stations, 180 newspapers and 10 television stations? Did you know that the Baghdad Stock Exchange opened in June of 2004? Did you know that 2 candidates in the Iraqi presidential election had a televised debate recently? —- Above facts are verifiable on the Department of Defense web site.. ……Pass it on! http://www.defense.gov/ http://www.pentagon.mil/ http://www.defenselink.mil/ http://www.defendamerica.mil/iraq.html http://www.jcs.mil/
I have a cousin that I grew up with that is preparing to be deployed to the Middle East. He is in Combat Search and Rescue based in the San Fransisco Bay Area. They are being featured on CNN this next week. After watching the Discovery Channel special on them I am amazed at what they do.
I was reading the Ventura County Star tonight and ran across an article. As some of you may not know Port Hueneme is the home to several Naval Construction Teams. One was just deployed today. It chronicles the family as the Navy prepares to deploy troops. I found this article eye opening. We often think about the troops as they are deployed but skip what it does to them and their families as they prepare for a long deployment.But for everyone, from the seasoned veteran all the way down to the new recruit, the week before leaving for a long deployment is a mix of getting their personal, financial and emotional lives ready for a long time away from loved ones. They squeezed in time with their families in between briefings — just as they wedged a few personal belongings into their sea bags between the desert camouflage and sand goggles.Ventura County StarThanks for all you do.
Three men just completed running over 4,000 miles in 111 days across the Sahara Desert. Running the Sahara Web Site It is an amazing feat that they ran the equivalent to 2 marathons a day for just under four months. They touched water in the ocean in Senegal and again in the Red Sea in Egypt. These endurance athletes were bringing about the need for clean water in underdeveloped nations. If it was difficult for the athletes to find clean water imagine how difficult it is for the people that live there.H20 AfricaLifewater InternationalCharlie Engle