The Indian Ocean earthquake-tsunami on 26 December killed more than 160,000 people in 11 countries and is far from over as a humanitarian crisis.
It has already earned a place as one of history’s worst natural disasters.
Fortunately, many of the world’s nations have responded generously and created what is the largest aid effort ever.
This response has been a bright spot in an otherwise horrible event.
It is uplifting to see not only wealthy nations such as Japan and the United States give, but also to see the poorest, such as Afghanistan and East Timor, give as well.
Even in the Cayman Islands, half a world away, there is reason to celebrate something good.
The Red Cross, GOAL and Cayman Loves Children have been active in raising funds here for tsunami survivors and our community is giving.
Perhaps even more inspirational are the efforts of Cayman’s youth.
Cayman Prep High School students raised more than $700 last week and also made the gesture of having a minimal lunch of water and rice one day as a show of sympathy for their less fortunate counterparts in Asia.
Cayman Prep’s students are not alone.
More tsunami fundraising projects are planned in at least two other Grand Cayman schools this month.
If one’s heart was broken by the terrible images of death and destruction in Asia, then let it be mended by the example of Cayman’s youth.
Let their words and deeds inspire us all to care more about the millions who struggle in harsh conditions.
Our young people have in them the best that humankind has to offer.
Their compassion is able to span thousands of miles.
They have sufficient substance and character to care about anyone anywhere.
Their example gives all of us reason to be optimistic about the future, both for the Cayman Islands and beyond.