When I see communities facing poverty I don’t look at the situation as if it isn’t my own. All I can see is my children, my own family, and my community. No matter where you are from, your background or your family makeup, the basic needs of human nature are simple.
We all just want the same thing. We want to provide our families with shelter from the elements. We want to live in a safe, and clean environment. We want our children to have access to a good education and we want the ability to provide for our families.
There are enough things that keep us separated and a part from one another. Rather it’s religion, race, class or geography, but we really aren’t all that different. We have the same aspirations and desires for ourselves and our families and it is what connects us as human beings.
When I hear about stories like Zeieya’s it breaks my heart. I’ve never been faced with the decision on whether or not to send my son to school or have him contribute to the household income. Children should be able to play and enjoy life, laugh and live carefree.
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I also think about the number of toys that my son had growing up, the gadgets, and odds and ends he still hardly plays with. I never had to worry about my son missing out on the importance of playing make believe and using his imagination. My son’s daycare expenses were like my mortgage when he was young. Things may have gotten tight but we never had to worry about food or suffering from malnourishment. We are so blessed, but sometimes…well a lot of the time we forget how truly blessed we are.
I hope that when we see these children, we can remember our own children, our neighbors’ children and the children of our communities and decide to plant seeds of a better future.
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