I remember being that kid, complaining as I stood in the snow waiting for the bus. If only I knew how privileged I was to have a bus coming to pick me up! Children all across the world are traveling unthinkable distances, and cross paths I couldn't image sending my children on, just to get an education. They know that education is this important, and we as parents should educate our children on just how lucky they truly are!
These children have two choices, walk over the small planks placed above the aqueducts, or walk 3 miles around them.
There use to be a safe bridge here, but 2 years ago these bridges gave way due to flooding. In order to get to school each day they must make their way over this 30 foot "bridge". This is just a normal walk to school for the kids of Sanghiang Tanjung village, in Indonesia. This is just 30 feet of their 7 mile walk to school.
These children walk on tightropes to cross raging waters, all in the name of education.
Children in Colombia who have to zip line 430 yards above the ground, just to get to school.
In some places a partial bridge or zip-line would be nicer than what these children must endure to get to class.
Or you could be as lucky as these children, who just have a quick mountain hike to school.
So the next time your listening to the complaints of your children as they begin their day remind them of just how lucky they are to just be walking to a bus stop, or jumping in a cold car!
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