Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Who's Killing All The Parents, Kids Ask?

Joseph is 26 old age old and lives in Windhoek, Namibia. At the age of 21, he have unexpectedly go the father and female parent of his 4 immature blood brothers and 2 sisters, when his most loving mother, Hileni, a school instructor and metropolis councilwoman, the lone supplier of the family, unexpectedly died from the human immunodeficiency virus disease.

Their father, Samuels had died a twelvemonth before. The youngest kid at the clip was just less than 4 old age old. Fortunately, when Hileni passed away, Chief Joseph have already graduated from high school, and he was planning on going to college, but he could never go, as he had to happen a occupation to back up his immature blood brothers and sisters. Chief Joseph have a brother, Fritz, who is 23 old age old and is defying the gravitation of their adversity by going to college. He desires to travel to Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California, and then shift to UCLA to finish his grade education, so he can one twenty-four hours happen a good paying occupation to assist his blood brothers and sisters.

And by the clip Fritz completes his grade education, Chief Chief Joseph would be in his 30s, but Joseph also bes after on going to college as soon as Fritz finishes and acquires a occupation to assist take over the household load. However for Fritz to happen the money he necessitates to pay for his tuition and fees at SMC is another dreaming that demands to come up true for him, which is almost impossible, his female parent and father have got got died and they have no relations who can afford to direct them to college. With rigorous bureaucracy, who and how can anyone even inquire the authorities to assist monetary fund their education?

In Columbus, Ohio, Timothy is 20 old age old and a 2nd twelvemonth pupil at the Buckeye State State University majoring in Computer Science Engineering. His female parent was gunned down in a drug related accident when Timothy was just three old age old. His father have had unfortunately fallen a victim of drugs and alcoholic beverage since Timothy was little, so he have never been in any topographic point to assist raise Timothy and his immature brother.

Luckily, Timothy have an auntie who helped raise him and his immature brother. And at the age of 14, Timothy was forced to happen a occupation in Richmond, Virginia, at a local McDonald's restaurant, but because he was just too immature to work, he had to lie on his occupation application that he was in fact 16 old age old. He had to work in order to back up himself and his immature brother. Timothy names himself the 'definition', the definition of overcoming hardship, struggle, and growing up without any proper supervising and parental love. His favourite word is 'focus'.

Whenever you speak to Timothy, you would hear that word 'focus' wailing in his tone of voice more than a twelve times. It's his vocabulary and his reminder to staying focusing on what he have always wanted to do, reaching his end and realizing his potential. He have already defied that by finishing high school no substance what he had faced in his early old age of life and by enrolling in college to achieving his dream.

Timothy works more than than hours each week, more than the hours he necessitates to study. He have to work in order to pay for his rent and lodging expenses, for him and his immature brother. However, he's at least fortunate that he have fiscal assistance and pupil loans from the U.S. Department of Education to pay for his tuition and fees at the Buckeye State State University.

Zanelle is a 16 old age old from Soweto, South Africa. She have three ses and one brother. Her father died of acquired immune deficiency syndrome when she was just 12 old age old and her female parent died of the same disease when she was 14 old age old. At 16, Zanelle is the female parent and father, supplier and bread-winner of her siblings. She dropped out of school in order to work as a brick layer in order to gain money to assist and support her blood brother and sisters.

Her relatives, aunties and uncles have got also died of acquired immune deficiency syndrome and the few remaining relations are also human immunodeficiency virus positive. Her 79 old age old grandma is the lone 1 left to assist out at home, but what can she really make at her age, except to look after the children when Zanelle travels to work?

In the rural countries of India, there's a topographic point well known as Destiny Village, with children, mostly orphanage, some of whom were abandoned by their families. This same Destiny Village have also been apparatus in Republic Of Haiti to assist house the same type of children. These two houses have got got got been generously apparatus and sponsored by members of The Potter's House Church of Supreme Being in Columbus, Ohio, under the leading of the anointed, Curate Tim Oldfield.

Some or all of the children in the Destiny Village lodging projects, if it was not for the Potter's House enterprises to assist them by providing them with adequate housing, food, and education, Supreme Being lone cognizes where these children would be today, most of them would probably be dead, or staying stateless as they once were prior to the Potter's House enterprises to assist them.

In the rural countries of Lundazi in Zambia, Bob Mathias Zimba, manager of Rising Fountain Development Program (http://www.risingfountains.org).cob-web.org:8888 is trying his extreme best to assist families; grandparents, children and human immunodeficiency virus positive victims in the whole rural country of Lundazi to have entree to medical installations and education.

Lundazi is one of the biggest Districts in the Eastern portion of Zambia, with a sum population of 296,560, of which the bulk unrecorded in the Lundazi rural area, while only a little portion of the population lives in the metropolis district.

Most of the population of the Lundazi country is human immunodeficiency virus positive for those who are still living, while the bulk of the parents have died of human immunodeficiency virus and only the grandparents are left to raise and expression after the orphanage kids.

When only the grandparents, most of them are in their late 70s and 80s, they cannot really supply the children with the attention they necessitate and cannot also assist them with their educational work, as what normal parents would do. Because most of the grandparents were born during the colonialism and did not have got chance to acquire an education. Thus now, the rhythm of illiteracy uninterrupted to reiterate itself.

"There are a figure of policies that have got been set in topographic point and slowly being implemented by the Zambian government, though the challenge is that, most of these policies are really only effectual in urban countries and drip at a snail charge per unit into rural areas" said Zimba.

Among some of the noteworthy policies in topographic point by the Zambian authorities include:

Education Policy - free instruction for all at Basic Education. However the challenge is that despite being a policy, school government still complaint a fee 'user fee' for pupils to pay.

"This money is used for operational costs for the school to cover the shortage they have got from their thin budgets. Now, in rural areas, where on Earth can a household with almost no income ran into these costs? The end solution is that in rural areas, some children, particularly misses are left out from school and are forced into early matrimonies and so forth" said Mr. Zimba.

Healthcare Policy - free HIV/AIDS drugs to people contaminated with the disease. Zimba said that this is a fantastic policy to let people who are human immunodeficiency virus positive to have got entree to life economy drugs.

"The challenge is that most of the rural country clinics are centralized near the urban countries and ill people necessitate to walk by ft almost 120 kilometer (about 75 miles) to entree the aid they desperately need. There is no dependable transportation, despite the community attempts to set up good feeder roadstead and in the end; people are just dying in the rural areas" said Mr. Zimba.

"What are the consequences? human immunodeficiency virus is increasingly being spreading throughout the state and grandmas are now taking over, looking after their grandchildren as owed to the decease of their ain children" Said Zimba.

Agricultural Policy - a good policy have got been set in topographic point relating to selling of farm green goods to let local husbandmen to sell their green goods through a liberalized system in order to gain a few monies to back up their families.

"The challenge is that despite all of these fantastic policies for Agriculture, in rural areas, we are only seeing a few "unscrupulous" bargainers who come up and rake off mediocre husbandmen and purchase their green goods at extremely low prices" states Zimba.

"Our chief end really is to assist children and women in these countries of Republic Of Zambia to have a hereafter and carry through their dreams. But to make that, we necessitate advocacy on our work so that people who have got powerfulness and resources can assist us ran into our objectives. We necessitate to assist children to have got nutrient on the table, medical, clothing and most importantly, a good wellness system" shouts Zimba.

One of the undertakings that are currently helping and working with the Rising Fountain Development Program is The Pencil Undertaking (http://www.thepencilproject.com).cob-web.org:8888 led by Mare Vick and is based in South Carolina, USA.

"I lived in Kingdom Of Swaziland as a kid and was able to witnesser poorness firsthand. As you know, a trip to Africa will change anyone forever. I was always struck by the joyousness and thankfulness that I establish in the African people despite the fact that so many had so little" states Mrs. Vick.

"As I've matured, now at 36 old age of age, I have got got come up to believe that instruction is the lone existent manner out of poorness and that all the world's children should have entree to the tools they need. A battalion of one twelve pencils, something that people in well developed states take for granted, could assist 12 children" states Mrs. Vick.

"In just a short time, my undertaking have gotten a pencil into the custody of over 10,000 destitute children. The pencil, though a simple thing, typifies instruction and the promise that I would wish every kid to feel" Says Mare Vick.

Mrs. Vick states that she moves as a 'matchmaker' between a giver school and a destitute school. People come up to her website who are looking for an easy manner to assist children in need. The giver school will accumulate pencils and then transport them to the destitute school that she have establish for them. And that's how her organisation started working with Bob Bob Mathias Zimba and the Rising Fountain Development Program.

"I believe that Mathias first contacted me, I can't remember, and we sent an initial cargo of pencils to his students. He responded so beautifully by sending me many photographs of the children receiving the pencils. They were so grateful! Their photograph is on my homepage. Simon, I cried for days" sadly states Mrs. Vick.

"I have got got got helped numerous destitute schools around the human race since my project's origin but something about this program, about Bob Mathias Zimba, and about these pupils have touched me as they have touched you. I have got got pledged to personally accumulate stores for their school and am currently sending two further packages a calendar month of paper, books, etc. all on my ain dime" shouts Mrs. Vick.

"The children have nothing, no shoes, and no blankets, nothing...and yet they seek to come up to school every twenty-four hours with a smiling on their face. I don't believe that the United Nations or any authorities for that substance is doing much to assist the world's children. There are children that are forgotten all over the world. Even in my state of South Carolina, we have got school territories that are terribly underfunded. I personally experience that we cannot delay for the authorities to come up through for these children. They necessitate stuffs now and every twenty-four hours that travels by is another lost chance for them. I won't wait for the government. I just desire to set the stuffs into their hands" states Mrs. Vick.

"As far as the children left stateless by AIDS, it is devastating. But it's all portion of a much bigger job which come ups back to education. Cognition is power, Simon. I cognize that you understand that. It is often hard to enroll people to assist in these attempts if they have got got never been to Africa or have only 'seen' poorness through the telecasting silver screen in their warm, comfy life room. That's why I am focused on the little generation-the children who electronic mail me every twenty-four hours to help. They are so eager and so willing to assist construct their generation. It promotes me that my little thought have got got blossomed into something that I never could have imagined" states Mrs. Vick.

Mathias Zimba states that his organization's chief end is to assist children and women in these countries of Republic Of Zambia to have a hereafter and carry through their dreams. "But to make that, we necessitate advocacy for our work so that people who have got powerfulness and resources can assist us ran into our objectives. We necessitate to assist children to have got nutrient on the table, medical, clothing and most importantly, a good wellness system" shouts Mr. Zimba.

"Our current pressing demand is to apportion support to assist wage instructors at our rural community school, which is US$150 a calendar month in wage for a qualified instructor to work in the rural areas. We necessitate to enroll two qualified instructors to assist out. Currently we are only working with military volunteers and there is no consistency" Says Zimba.

"Rehabilitation of H2O wells. Water borne diseases boom in the rural countries and we desire to assist them rehabilitate and keep by forming a H2O committee. It bes around US$400 to rehabilitate a well and we necessitate to assist them rehab approximately 5 Wells that volition function 300 members" states Bob Mathias Zimba.

The most of import job currently facing Mr. Zimba is to happen person who may be willing to assist them through contributions or grants to purchase a vehicle that they can utilize for an ambulance which will assist people in his communities be able to travel to healthcare clinics and have medical attention they so desperately need.

Most ill people when they walk the long distance to travel to accumulate their day-to-day human immunodeficiency virus drowses of medicines, most of them don't even do it back. They decease on the manner to the clinics because it takes them up to 3 years to acquire there by foot. And when they don't go back home, the children ask, who's taking away all of our parents? Who's killing our parents? Doesn't Supreme Being love us anymore? Why have Supreme Being forsaken us? The grandparents have got no replies to any of these questions, they simply look at the children and state them that it's God's volition that He's taking them away.

Some of the people, who can afford, usage donkey carts to travel to and back from the clinics. Zimba believes that determination person to assist them with a avant garde that they can utilize as a vehicle will tremendously assist them work out one of the most critical jobs of getting the ill to the healthcare.

The hebdomad of October 16, 2007, Jennie who is one of the military volunteers from Eire who arrived last hebdomad to volunteer at the Rising Fountain Development Program, brought Mr. Zimba and his squad an award, presented to them by Mayor Edwin Robert Louis Stevenson of Limavady City, Ireland, who awarded Bob Mathias Zimba and his grouping as a acknowledgment for their outstanding community work.

"This is great news for all of us. It's a great day-to-day challenge being faced with so many jobs in our community, and this awarding promotes us to work relentlessly and assist people in our community as much as we can. We just necessitate help, more than resources and back ups in order to enable us to transport on with our tasks, even a little part can aid do a difference in a large way" states Mr. Zimba. In the close future, Bob Mathias Zimba and his organisation desire to originate a combined programme to assist husbandmen sell their green goods at economical terms and raise income for their savings.

"There are many other organisations such as as WVI, Global Fund, and others that are working for the same cause in Zambia, but most of these organisations are centralized in big metropolises and towns and don't really attain people in rural areas" states Mr. Zimba. There are many Josephs, Timothys, Zanelles, Destiny Villages and Lundazis out there, all around us, everywhere in the world, and the inquiry is, what are you doing to assist out?

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