“Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed,”- Proverbs 28:27.
My greatest inspiration, I joined Unilime Foundation on their 5th Annual Community Outreach, where we donated couple of things to the community, we did mentorship programme for the Senior High School students and also organised Vocational Training for the residents. This was to give residents quality lives and decent jobs.
On arrival, I saw some children standing under a tree. Some were in tattered clothes while others were bare-footed. I couldn’t feel the pain because, l realised some were going through more pain than l am. If someone is in tattered clothes, what shows the person eats good food.
l scanned through the community where most buildings were mud houses. It was a fish farming community where most residents do not have better jobs. I was overwhelmed and sad as l saw residents approaching where the donation was going to take place, some were not in clothes especially the children. Some adults were only covered with piece of cloth. It was very terrible!
When all was set and done, ready to donate the clothes, some residents saw us as we were taking coverage of the event and told us to share the clothes for them else few people will get it.
Looking at the situation, we had no option than to do that. Immediately we opened the sack to share, there was no breathing space. We realised they all needed it and everyone was eager to get some.
I learnt some lessons on that day. I realised that, in life, no matter the situation you find yourself, you do not have any cause to complain, rather you must be grateful. We should at any point thank God for life and the things we have in our possession. People are in Accra among other cities think all is well. There was no better living condition for others, no potable water, no proper housing but they do not have anyone to complain to, since they do not even know their rights.
As the volunteers were sharing the clothes, pens and pencils, they rushed to get some with aggressiveness. Those who had theirs were so much excited while others were finding strategies to get more – many Oliver Twists among them, it was somehow amusing.
Let us help others because, not all of us are privileged. As individuals, we are presented with different situation and challenges. It should not stop us from doing good. Once in a year, let us gather our clothes, shoes which are no more in use, and if possible buy additional new ones take it to the rural areas and donate it. Sometimes, is not about how much you give to them but the love that comes with it. As we visit them, let us encourage, inspire and give them some money which could go a long way to help them.
As it is stated in Hebrews 13:16 “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” We should not get it in abundance before we decide to give, rather share the little we have.
If you cannot be there in person to help, support those who have taken it upon themselves to donate to orphanages and rural areas with the little you have and God will bless you.
If we all play a role in our own small way, we will make the society a better place to be.
Editor: Mr. Louis Owusu
Credit Picture: Focus Graphics