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    Posted December 13, 2012 by
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    What was your best moment of 2012?

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    Visiting a Villiage in Sindh Pakistan

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter terridreams visited students she had looked after in the U.S. while they studied there on a Fullbright Scholarship scheme. In Pakistan, she was offered this goat as a gift by local children.

    The Regional Learning Center Specialist at Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio, says: “It is overwhelming to see with your own eyes the struggle of the people in this area of the world. How hard they work for the smallest pay and the poverty of their lives, yet even still with so little they welcomed me and wanted to give to me.”
    - mjponsford, CNN iReport producer

    My best moment 2012

     

    I had the opportunity to become the “American mom” to four students who were on a scholarship to study in the United States. When they left America and returned to their home countries of Pakistan and Egypt I promised them I would come one day and meet their families.

     

    In February 2012 my promise became a reality. My best moments this year are captured in the days that I spent in their home countries. Having to choose one moment, one photograph is almost impossible because the best moments were getting through customs and seeing the boys again. There are no words to describe those moments for me; however this photo sums the life changing adventure of visiting these two amazing countries.

     

    This adventure to their countries was something that will stay with me the rest of my life. In Egypt we traveled into the Sinai and spent time at Sharm El Sheikh. I saw the great Pyramids and the wonderful Cairo Musem. As breath taking as all of those things were the best moments were spent in the village with the familes. Those times are the joy.

     

    During my stay in Pakistan we visited a small village. I met a man who had no legs; he had lost them due to polio. They showed me their village, the hut where they stay without electric or the basics that we are so accustomed to here in the United States. They had so little and yet they had so much. I learned about the pride and hospitality of the Sindhi culture as well as their generosity. Pakistan is much different than I see in the media. No doubt it is a struggling nation but it is also a nation of people who only wish the same things we wish, to give their families a chance at a better life. In this photo the children from the village offered me the gift of a goat. It was a moment I will never forget. It is the best moment.

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