In Loving Memory

A Message from Connie Umbenhower, Founder, Visions for Villages, Inc:

I have some sad news.

A champion of our projects and someone who loved the children of Lumkyntung school, someone very near and dear to me – my mom – passed away earlier this month.

I have been in India since April and have just returned recently and this blog post is to honor her for her contribution to Visions for Villages.

My mother’s Role within Visions for Villages:

Since I live in the USA and my mother had a lifestyle of living six months in India and six months in the USA, she assisted by playing an informal yet critical role in Visions for Villages. She started initially with a visit to our first village in the Lumkyntung  community of  Meghalaya, India to do a preliminary determination of their needs.

She continued her involvement until the last few months of her life, to ensure that the needs of the village were being met and were in alignment with the vision and mission of the company.

Her last interaction with this community:

I would like to share with you her last interaction with this community – her closing prayer during the November 2012 inauguration of the second floor addition to the school. During this prayer, she asked God to provide wisdom for the teachers and help for the students so they may thrive and grow not only in wisdom but in honor and integrity. She also prayed that the students would remember as they grow up and are able to, to reach out in kindness and be a blessing to others.

She Made a Difference:

One of the school teachers paid a great tribute to my mother at her funeral. He stated that not only had my family lost a treasured mother, but the Lumkyntung village community felt that loss deeply.  He stated that she will always be remembered for her kindness and her dedication in helping to improve the school, so their children can have a better education and ultimately, a better life.

She leaves Visions for Villages her legacy of love, memories of her gentle kindness, her giving spirit and her compassion for others less fortunate.  She will be greatly missed.

P.S. Please enjoy a few pictures below of my mother during the various building phases of our village school.

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