The Speech given by Mrs Anita von Buchwald-Gabbert
Dear Mr Nahrstedt, dear guests, dear friends,
70 years ago a German was presented with the highest order of merit of the Republic of Ecuador. This person was my father.
I was born in Ecuador and today I am being honoured by the Federal Republic of Germany.
We would like to thank you on behalf of everyone who enabled us to establish Mi Manana and to make it work.
I am, of course, very proud that this order of merit has been presented to me but it also honours all the supporters, patrons and sponsors of Mi Manana.
The recognition for our work is given to us on a daily basis by the smiles of the children and families we support.
Mi Manana does not just give things away. We only help those who are willing to help themselves.
Success is when former pupils from the poorest conditions, who now have jobs and are providing for themselves and their families, also help out in Posorja although they could find better paid work elsewhere.
It doesn´t matter how troubled our times are it is still important to help others less fortunate.
This is the only way to enable a better future for them, for us, and for our children and grandchildren.
This is also a special day because it is my daughter Echi´s birthday. Happy birthday.
I would like to thank you all whole-heartedly.
I would now like to read a short letter written by children of the Mi Manana school in Posorja.