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Money Doesn’t Build A School

This isn’t the story of how donations built a school. Donations don’t build school. Watch the video to see what I mean.


Losing to Georgia Tech – Would I Have Wanted to See It?

I actually learned about Notre Dame’s recent football loss from a friend in New Zealand. He was even able to watch the game live in New Zealand. I knew coming to Bangladesh would mean it would be hard to keep up-to-date on American college football. Afterall, the biggest sport is cricket and one of the popular news stations here is Al Jazeera. But it was a huge loss right? I wouldn’t have wanted to been there for that, right? Wrong.

Real fans (especially the students) stick with each game (whether in the stadium or behind a TV set) from the start of the national anthem and don’t leave until the playing of the “Notre Dame, Our Mother” (the alma mater). They stay with the game whether its raining, snowing, freezing cold, blistering hot, or so dark that not a star shines in the sky. It doesn’t matter if the team is shutting out an opponent or if, like this weekend, the team is almost shut out themselves. You don’t often see that kind of dedication in the world.

Call me crazy – but I hope one day the world can show a fraction of that kind of dedication towards issues like poverty, global health, and third world development. The game may not have been broadcast on television here, but with 120,000,000 people here earning less than $2 a day – most couldn’t afford a television. In a country of over 150,000,000 people – only 300,000 (that’s 0.2%) have the luxury of having internet access. In fact, even if this blog were translated and printed in the local language, over 85,000,000 wouldn’t be able to read this as they are illiterate.

My sadness at missing my first Notre Dame football game in two years is tempered by this fact. If any Fighting Irish fans are reading this, I hope they remember – even when we are losing, we still have so much to be thankful for both on and off the field.