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Africa “ a continent marked by civil wars, dictatorship, xenophobia, poverty and , at many times, shame. People are dying of starvation, children are becoming orphans in an AIDS era and her people are still fighting amongst each other. A bleak summation.
Yet it is one that, all too often, springs to mind when we think of this expansive so-called dark continent.
While it is true that there is a great deal of suffering there is also a great deal of hope, love and tolerance “ this is that Africa that needs to be focused on.
It has been said that, "Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope". While the situation may seem hopeless for many there are organisations that have been created with the goal of fostering a feeling of hope by helping thousands of Africans across the continent.
African charity organisations have been doing their best to support various projects that will lead to sustainability on the continent “ it''s not about providing relief alone but about teaching the people of Africa what to do in order to create a better world for future generations.
Breaking the cycle of poverty is exceptionally difficult as many factors including lack of skills, unemployment, disease and lack of basic resources contribute to it. That is why it is essential that each contributing factor be attended to on a continual basis. It''s for this reasons that charities like Breadline Africa support projects across various areas of need in Southern Africa. By casting a wide net and addressing problems from the ground up these charities aim not only to instil a sense of hope but one of sustainability.
Children in Africa
One of Africa''s greatest stumbling blocks is the lack of education “ in order for things ever to change a large focus needs to be placed on the children of Africa and their educational needs. But building schools is an expensive business and an unrealistic goal for many communities. An excellent alternative to the sky high costs of setting up a school is the renovating of large containers in communities across the continent.
Charities are creating something magical from what would commonly be referred to as a scrap heap. By utilising disused shipping containers, cleaning them, inserting some windows and giving them a fresh coat of paint communities are transforming junk into a place of safety and learning for their children. What''s so great about the renovation of these containers is that they can also be used for clinics, nursery schools and soup kitchens.
Many charities are also focussing heavily on educare as this is the process through which adults begin instilling basic knowledge in children such as the names of objects they often encounter, colours and numbers in order to prepare them for when they begin their schooling. This is an integral phase for children as far as developmental and communication skills go.
It was John F Kennedy that said, "Children are the world''s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future." While their parents may never be able to provide for them in the monetary sense of the word these children once educated have a greater chance of being able to provide for their families and in turn their own children will have a better start in life.
It''s not only the children that these charity organisations are helping. By assessing the unemployment rates and contributors and providing much needed skills training the adults in these communities are being able to help themselves.
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