Schools are Second Only to Water

On this day of remembrance of Nelson Mandela, I am reminded that he had his priorities right, and told them to all who would listen, even the businessmen who was giving him money for schools….

“Well, I have written to the businessman to say this is what the man who knows this field thinks we should do. No schools, no new schools, no new clinics, but water for the schools that are there, because that will go a long way in preventing cholera.” — Speech, August 2002, narrating a dispute with a rich American over whether schools or clinics are a better use of his donations. (Washington Post, December 5, 2013)

Dr. Robert A. Southworth, Jr.

Dr. Robert A. Southworth, Jr.

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