Where does it hurt?
Remember your parents asking you that question when you were young, when you had just fallen off your bike, or out of a tree?
My parents don’t really ask me that question anymore but when I saw an article in SoulPancake with that same title, I thought I’d have a look online to see where it hurts in the world today.
It doesn’t make for happy reading, I’m afraid…
On Black Lives Matter:
“Black Lives Matter: A Fairy Tale” by @JoelakaMaG https://medium.com/@JoelakaMaG/black-lives-matter-a-fairy-tale-272356f947c2#.wuf0no3y0
On The War on Terror:
http://www.ifamericansknew.org/history/ – gee, thanks America!
Largely due to special-interest lobbying, U.S. taxpayers give Israel an average of $8 million per day, and since its creation have given more U.S. funds to Israel than to any other nation. As Americans learn about how Israel is using our tax dollars, many are calling for an end to this expenditure.”
On Central Africa:
So why have I shared all the above with you?
It’s because I want you to know how lucky you are that you are just reading and watching these stories unfold from the safe distance of your laptop, in whatever country you currently reside.
I want you to know that there is so much more out there than just you, that you are not alone, that there are millions of other people out there suffering just as much, if not more than you.
One cannot really compare one person’s pain with another, but one can indeed empathise, or at the very least, sympathise.
What can I do to help with any of these situations?
Honestly, I do not know. I always feel completely helpless when reading and watching news stories unfold. I have made some small choices about how I can help from my tiny part of the world. I can’t get on a plane and just fly out there and offer my services – I’ve tried it before, and they just don’t know what to do with me. I have tried to apply for jobs with charities, but I have found they are quite elitist and unless I have 5-10 years experience working in relief situations, my CV won’t even be considered.
I take part in fundraising campaigns, as and when the needs arise, such as with the refugee crisis and camp in Calais, or promoting the appeal for Celtic Fans in support of Palestine.
I donate clothes and time and energy, wherever I can.
But it never feels like it is enough.
Because I never see what I do make a dent in any of the situations about which I read.
I was introduced by an acquaintance to a website called Kiva – please pay it a visit to find out more. Here, I can genuinely see to whom my money is going, and on what it will be spent. I even get an update now and again. It makes me feel happy to know that I can help people in disadvantaged parts of the world just by providing a communal donation. It means I’m helping to change someone’s life for the better. It means that someone out there has an opportunity in front of them, that didn’t exist before.
I may not be able to save the world from itself. But I can support and encourage those who are willing to help themselves – and that, in itself, is a blessing.