September 17, 2022, is the one year anniversary of the passing of Donna Tabor, Building New Hope’s volunteer extraordinaire, a force of nature whose kindness and imagination and energy found partial solutions to so many of the problems she saw about her in Nicaragua. We remember her especially at this time, and how she did it all with laughter, a sensitivity to beauty, and … some occasional profanity at the frustrations of bureaucracy.
In the latter part of her life, Donna ended emails with Margaret Mead’s quote:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
In the early years, she ended emails with
“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove... but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”
She lived both those quotations, and her legacy is Building New Hope…. and the many children whose lives she touched and BNH has touched. We remember her life at this anniversary with joy as well as sadness. What an amazing life. And the work continues.
Here is her story, as told last year at the time of her passing. Yes, she is still sorely missed, but not forgotten.