My personality isn’t much to tear down but coming to understand real human suffering and what it means to be poor moves me to tears till today but tears aren’t much help are they?
I don’t know your introduction to poverty but I remember mine very well, it was when i met Grace. She used to be patient at the Kenyatta National Hospital(KNH) who has been bed sick since the day she was born. Knowing her story as we sat down and talked for hours, she described to me how it was like when your parents abandoned you with nothing to spare, with no word from them for years she kept telling me, maybe one day they will pick up the phone and look for me, she says they loved her but she became a burden so they decided to leave.
Also when i met Ann, her father came home every night drunk and hit her mom, when the food ran out and she went to school hungry, she described how at times she could fast just to fight the hunger. As her mom despite all her best efforts watched her kids suffer from malnutrition.
For years stories like this have been moving us to compassion, and as most critics would say we havent done enough or it’s not effective enough? but have you ever asked why? why even with all the help we give and the donations we offer that they are still in poverty?
This is something you might have already heard, 40,000 kids die of poverty every year, today it has gone down 17000, which means that every year 8 million kids didn’t have to die of poverty.
But did you know that poverty now has very little to do with having nothing to eat or nothing to wear, it might sound strange to you now but I plan to explain further and with just this point things will come into perspective.
Just like Ann and many others growing up in everyday violence. She understood life of violence before the poverty even started. She told me how things were going well until their house was burnt down, not by natural causes but because of her neighbors, they said” we are fed up with you father beating your mom and her yelling while we sleep” an action was taken to benefit the many and nothing was done to the few affected. Going to school was impossible so she started to beg. She told me how she was not the first but there were many, girls who were raped by men of her community and even how she was raped.
Her struggles shocked me and giving her money would be an insult, because no money in the world could pay back the violence that had been done years before I even finished highschool.
I think we deserve to know that our donations, sponsorship or health programmes is not going to stop everyday violence because they were not meant to. Their was a report from the United nation where they stated “Most poor people live outside the protection of the law”.
Where they suffer from everyday violence and sexual violence. From the age of 14-55 women and children suffer from everyday sexual violence which causes more deaths and failed stability than war. Going to school which we all know is the most powerful thing to offer a girl and has become unsafe for them. The place they called home snatched from them, enslaved by men. So how can anyone move away from poverty when this obstacles are on their way?
All fundraising, economic stands don’t know how to fix this problem so they don’t talk about it. They put it at the back of their minds and offer what they think they can.
Does it have to be this way? I ask you!
Stop all the violence ,the economical neglect and all organisations, funds that doesn’t talk about everyday violence must be deemed NOT SERIOUS.
Everyone has been given an equal opportunity you just have to decide to play. In the world today we have only two players the rich and the poor, in fact most experience the game as unfair because the rich will always end up with all the money, where they rule decisions and all properties gone.
What’s left for the homeless??
He started his own way to make poverty a little less than it is now…..
let’s really stop this fight.