Two days ago I received news that an organization I founded in the Dominican Republic and Haiti has received a major donation to build a school in Haiti. I immediately sent out an email and instructions for volunteers to assist and begin this project we have been working on for the last year. The donation came from a student I had 20 years ago when I was teaching English on the Iraqi/Turkish border. I assisted this exceptional young man with getting a scholarship to Oxford University. Later he went to Saint Valdimir in New York and he then attended and received a Ph.D. at Princeton University. I last saw him 7 years ago at Princeton where I presently a major paper at a conference. Today he is Bishop of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Holland and is a major voice for human rights and minority issues on Holland. I am so touched and honored by this gift to the poor in Haiti.
I have written a poem in honor of His Eminence Polycarpus Aydin.