Have you ever visited, or do you want to visit, the continent of Africa? I know that’s a rather broad statement, like “do you want to go to Asia, or Europe?”
Last evening I went to a board meeting for my high school, a Catholic girls school. We had a brief presentation by one of a group of educators who has visited the African country of Malawi over the summer break. Seeing the video and hearing the commentary tugged at my heart strings while I celebrated their joy. Of note, they have joy and hope, with few material luxuries; why is it that so many people in the US have so much yet no joy? I guess we can thank Madonna for being an advocate and adopting her son from Malawi, but otherwise, does it make the news? Extreme Poverty. Tobacco is their cash crop, and how good is that today? And how can they move into coffee of other crops?
I am torn, as there is now so much poverty in the United States. Should we help our own first? There is so much poverty and need around the globe….where does one start? Where can you make a difference? Where do you want to make a difference is perhaps the operative question.
But first, I thought of Madagascar, home of my basket suppliers and the 13th poorest country in the world…slightly better off than Malawi at the 8th poorest. How can people live on $1 a day?
It’s been on my list for several years now to visit Madagascar, and Reunion Island and perhaps Malawi. And perhaps South Africa. Oh that would be a month, I suppose….
No labels attached to this, just watch the video and tell me what you think…..