Actions that can make a difference
For some societies in the first world countries, it is hard to understand a different reality from that we are used to. Many are used to believe that the world is the way we see it. The knowledge about the world and the way it is seen comes mainly from our society and family backgrounds, what is taught in schools and what we see on the news and media in general. After studies about Humana People to People’s HOPE project and its activities in Zimbabwe, I was surprised how much I was not fully aware of the global problems. Such problems are the basic needs of medical assistance, water, food and lack of sanitation.
I will never forget the advice that my uncle tried to give me: “Get a job, find a wife, earn a lot of money – that is a good life.” Many settle for this kind of life very comfortably believing that materialistic items are their achievement for a happy lifestyle. That sounds too shallow for me; completely selfish and hedonistic. I am discovering that the actions I take can make such a huge difference, more than I ever imagined. The mainstream media, education and also society, often underrates we people. The struggles to survive for those suffer in ways we cannot imagine often are forgotten.
HIV (Human Immune deficiency Virus) a virus that has spreads widely in southern and eastern parts of Africa, together with other diseases like diarrhoea and malaria, is a death blow to millions of people. To be more exact, Tanzania has 1.5 million HIV infected, while Mozambique has 2,1 million and South Africa a total of 7 million.
For our society to have more awareness about the realities throughout the world, it is helpful to have organisations that tackle such serious problems. People who are part of these groups need to be willing to fight to constantly develop projects that bring people together to take concrete actions to fight against HIV. They need to be filled with dedication, determination and be prepared to work long hours. HOPE is a very good example of such a project that has good programs that are invested in the poor. HOPE brings people together and creates effective ways to fight HIV and enable people to take control of it.
One of the ways the HOPE project in Zimbabwe is financed is by street fundraising actions – namely selling newspapers. Different schools in Denmark partake in the actions, DRH Lindersvold included. The newspapers are filled with information about HIV and AIDS, and strategies, plans and results of the HOPE project. Recently, on 6th of December we went to different cities around the school to raise funds for the project in Harare, Zimbabwe. There are not many people who want to listen, the majority seem not to not care, but as the time passed by we found people who want to hear you out, someone who understands the importance of helping the poor, someone even bought us food out of gratitude. I was happy to take part in involving more people into aiding HOPE and providing them the opportunity to help. For me it means a lot to carry out actions that can make a difference between life and death.
By Algimantas Kasiliauskas