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This is Ronisha and on Monday, April 9th 2017, I donated all the supplies to the organization- “Classroom Central.” Just wanted to share a few pictures with you all.
With all of your help, I collected 2 full boxes. Thank you all for your support.
Keep a look put for another project on “Creating Hope.”
” A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”
As you think about the poor, the helpless, what is your compassion that can best help you with? It takes only a few minutes to know the requirements in slums, the refugee camps, etc. It is true that an individual alone cannot solve the needs of the world. But we can do something together.
Every child has the right to health, education and protection, and every society has a stake in expanding children’s opportunities in life. Yet, around the world, millions of children are denied a fair chance for no reason other than the country, gender or circumstances into which they are born. Poverty affects children disproportionately. Around the world, 1 out of 5 children live in extreme poverty.
Nearly 250 million children live in countries and areas affected by armed conflict. In the Syrian Arab Republic, the nine-year conflict has caused the deaths of 400,000 people. In Somalia, children continue to be the most affected by crises. More than 5,200 children were victims of grave violations, alone in 2018, and that is just the number of reported cases. More than 60 million primary school-aged children will be out of school – roughly the same number as are out of school today. More than half will be from sub-Saharan Africa.
This is not just in happening in 1 corner of the world. It’s happening all over. It is true that we can’t solve this problem with a blink of an eye, but slowly, if each and every one of you contribute, it can be done.
“I am happy to be here and share my story with you.” -Leo Bretholz
Over the past few weeks, I have been writing and posting about children and the many problems that are going on around the world. Today, I thought of sharing my story.
I never had a viewpoint of how to look at the world and never followed up with what was going around. However, when I went to came to India for a visit, my thoughts completely changed! I couldn’t believe it myself! I started to pay more attention to what was going on around me. I saw people who were struggling to live, starving, and homeless, and I couldn’t help but cry. I went back to the US that’s when I decided that I wanted to do something for the people who live in the same manner as what I had seen. I knew that there was no point in just feeling bad for them.
That year, Create Hope was born. It finally felt so good to do something for others rather than just having people do things for me. I started doing community services such as having baking classes and holding bake sales. I collected school supplies instead of money and donated them to Classroom Central- a non-profit organization that tied up with Create Hope.
Currently, I am living in India and I still continue to create hope for the children here. A few months ago, I held a bake sale and donated supplies to the underprivileged children of the community. It feels nice to give others and see a smile on their faces. Through this tough time of Covid 19, I still strive to make an impact in the community.
“Child labor is devastation, they should concentrate on education.”
In this post, I will be talking about the last major problem that children in the world face today, which is child labor. As bad as it sounds, it is true and has been going on since many years.
In the past, children were used as laborers because of their size. They were able to move in spaces that adults couldn’t. They were also easy to discipline compared to adults. They were paid very less, worked most of the day, and risked their lives everyday since the factory conditions were dangerous.
This problem of child labor exists even today, and it all ties back the 1st major problem- lack of education. Some of the children are not allowed to have education and therefore are forced to work in such conditions. Being a laborer is bad enough; not having education on top of that is even worse.
All the problems (hunger, labor, etc.) tie back to the fact of not having education. If these children had access to education, they would have a secure job instead of risking their lives working in dangerous factories, and would be able to supply themselves as well as their family with sufficient amount of food. Create Hope is all about giving, and this is why this organisation stresses so much on education. You may not be seeing these problems in your day-to-day life, but it exists, and it exists in a huge number.
‘If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger”- Buzz Aldrin
The second of the three major problems that children in the world face today is hunger. Poor nutrition plays a role in more than three-fourths of the deaths. Almost one in every fifteen children in developing countries die before the age of five because of starvation. Every fifteen seconds, a child is dying of hunger. In 2010, an estimated 7.6 million children died, ALL due to hunger. These numbers are HUGE and even though over the past few years the number has gone down due to numerous organizations, the count is still in the millions.
According to ‘World Hunger,’ nutritious foods in adequate amounts are essential for everyone but particularly for children. In early childhood, adequate nutrition can ensure healthy growth, proper organ formation and function, a strong immune system, and neurological and cognitive development. On the flip side, poverty is the leading cause of hunger, but poverty also results from hunger, in a cyclical relationship. In spite of the importance of childhood nutrition and significant progress in the last 25 years, global childhood hunger is still rampant.
How can you help? There are many ways to which you can contribute to this global problem. Start by donating to organizations which provide food to countries worldwide. The more we give, the more lives are being saved! Also, be thankful for what you have. We are blessed to have 3 meals a day so don’t waste. The food that goes in the trash could have been a sufficient meal for a whole family.
The current efforts we do are not enough, so we must do more to solve them. I really hope that one day the children who are suffering now will have enough to live a good happy life.
Today, I would like to talk about a current topic that has really hit people in many different ways- The Yemen Crisis.
Yemen is the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, with more than 24 million people. Since the year 2015, Yemen has become the worse place for children. With the Covid-19 spreading rapidly, Yemen is facing a lot of problems relating to food and water. Sanitation and clean water are in short supply.
How does this affect children? These children continue to be killed as situations get worse. According to UNICEF, around 2 million children under the age of 5 are suffering from severe malnutrition and they require treatment. Currently, these children and their family are surviving by eating leaves. They mash it and turn in into paste so it is easy to eat.
There are many ways to help when it comes to this situation. Donating to charities is one of the ways, but another way is to not waste food and water. We are lucky to have these resources, and as you can see, many people around the world don’t, and are therefore struggling. Think of it like this: the food and water that you waste could have easily filled a stomach of a child….
“No 2 things differ more than abstract and actual poverty” -Mary Ferrier
Children living in poverty are more likely to face failure, and have a sense of hopeless about their future, along with many other things. Today, I would like to talk to you about one of the three major problems that children in the world face today. The first one being lack of access to education. Being born and brought up in the US, it’s hard for me to believe that there are millions of children around the world who don’t have access to education, even more, they don’t even have anything to write with/on. Instead of spending their childhood in getting educated, they have to labor all day, with little to no food and water.
Lack of access to education is a major problem for children, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. According to the UNICEF and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 58 million children between the ages of six and 11 still don’t have any access to education, while 63 million adolescents are also out of school. Education is crucial to productivity. Children need to explore various aspects of their lives.
Unfortunately, it is true, and there are many children like this in Africa and Asia, and believe we need to help them one way or another.
Spread the word, help out as much as possible, and see the change for yourself.
(Resource: Distressed Children)
“It’s amazing how a little tomorrow can make up for a whole lot of yesterday.”- John Guare
Such an powerful quote,…don’t you think? I hope everyone is keeping safe and creating hope! I know for a fact that I am definitely creating hope, despite the fact that I am sitting at home.
A week or so ago, I got a phone call and there was a woman on the line. She sounded like she could use some help. I asked her the reason for her call and she told me that she has no water and no food and was in serious need of them. I told her to stay on the line, and I quickly ran upstairs to tell my mom. We found some plastic bottles and filled them up with water. We then made some sandwiches and packed some biscuits as well. I got back on the call and told her to come and collect them and warned her that she should be completely protected. I put on my gloves and mask, and after 10 minutes she arrived. She had a huge smile on her face and thanked me for my help. Creating hope really isn’t hard. Even the smallest things that can bring a smile upon someones face is enough.
Another incident that occurred was just a few days ago. There have been a lot of people who have been helping me and my family by getting us snacks and other resources so that we are at ease, and this has been happening since I moved to India in February. These people were putting their lives at risk even though they were protected. It was about time I did something for them. I baked a chocolate fudge cake and some Indian cookies called ‘Nankhatais’ and gave it to them in the evening. They were confused at first but when I told them the reason behind all these treats, they couldn’t help but have a smile on their face and feel appreciated.
Both of these scenarios brought a smile upon my face and I could’t help but think that there are so many people in the world who need help but are not getting it. I am surely going to continue to help as many people as possible, are you?
When it comes to education, India is still behind. Only 1/4th third-grade students can read and understand short stories of simple sentences, according to a report by Bill and Miranda Gates. The people working in companies and as doctors are just the upper layer. Deep down, there is more, and I have seen it.
According to OECD, in India, 71% of adults do not have an upper secondary education. This is a huge percentage which needs to reduce. A few reasons for illiteracy in India are due to poverty, lack of quality education, and illiteracy among women. These problems cannot be solved within days, but together we can give the children a helping hand.
The lack of supplies is a major problem. How is a child supposed to study if he/she doesn’t even have a paper and a pencil to write with? I have moved to India temporarily and with the amount of time I have here, I really want to see a change. With the project I just completed in March, 24 children of the neighborhood got supplies that will last them a whole school year. This impacted the family as a whole in a positive way since their money was saved.
This change cannot be done alone, but with your help, the percentage can go down. Join with Create Hope and see the change the world wants to see.
Hope you all are staying safe! Unfortunately nothing much is happening since this virus is going on but I would love to share my thoughts about how we can still Create Hope, not only for children but also the rest of the public.
With all of this going on, many people are not getting the right amount of food and water, and this is world wide. In the UK for example, millions of people will need food aid in the next coming days. At the same time, research says that between 4 to 7 million people in lower risk categories are also affected by severe food insecurity or loneliness, so having to self-isolate could tip them into crisis.
Creating Hope doesn’t just mean giving supplies to children. It also includes helping anyone in your community. Since it’s a danger to go out currently, provide food and water to security guards, and anyone around you who is trying to protect your life.
I’m ready to Create Hope even during these difficult times….. are you?
I hope everyone is staying safe! Have you ever had a moment when you just couldn’t stop smiling? Or a moment when you feel that you have accomplished something big? Well, I went through both of them this past week. With the money collected through the bake sale, I bought the school supplies and distributed them to the children of my community. After a few days, I asked their parents for feedback and they said that their children couldn’t stop smiling! I couldn’t help but keep a smile on my face after hearing that.
Buying school supplies from the school is a big task for these children’s parents. However, with the supplies just given to them, it will last them a whole year and their parents will be able to save this money and use it elsewhere. This is the main goal of Create Hope, and it looks like it met its goal once again!
Thanks to everyone once again, and I hope you continue to support me in creating hope. Below are a few pictures of this recent project.