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To be Old and Poor in Haiti

Posted in Humanity, Latin America, NEWS with tags , , , on April 16, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Idamise Pierre leans against a tree for support as she waits to bathe at the city-run nursing home for the aging population in Port-au-Prince. She said, “It was always hard being old in Haiti, but after the earthquake, to be old and poor feels like a curse.” -Nikki Kahn / The Washington Post

Haitian elderly, 65 and up, makes up 3.5 percent of the population, the elderly population in more developed countries make up 13 percent of the population. Reporter Nikki Kahn visited a nursing home in Port-Au-Prince during the morning bath time and revealed these shocking facts:

  • Morning baths are taken outside with strung up blankets for privacy; although there are at least 10 other women sitting behind the same blanket waiting their turn. A 62 year old woman was carried in nothing but a diaper through the courtyard for her morning shower.
  • Behind another blanket a group of men sit in wheelchairs and portable toilets while waiting their turn to be bathe.
  • After their bathes the men and women sit, still wet behind the blankets in chairs without robes or towels waiting to be dressed. Often it is men who dress the women.

“We struggle to maintain a little dignity, but look at us,” said one women lying on soiled sheets while waiting for her turn at a bath.

Sponsor a Child

Posted in Awareness, CULTURE, Humanity, Mother Africa with tags , , , , on March 9, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

World Vision is looking for sponsors of children like 13 year old Kanini. Kanini is the soul supporter of himself and his ailing grandmother who is well into her eighties. Kanini’s parents are dead and he worries about the well being of his grandmother. Each day Kanin herds cattle in exchange for small amounts of porridge. He shares his ration with his grandmother. She worries about him.

“Even if I go for many days without food,” Kanini’s grandmother says, “it is alright, as long as my grandchild tells me that he ate something.”

Rose, their neighbor, offers to share what she has with them but often there is little for her to share. Rose is a widow with 10 children to feed. People used to freely share their food, but the raising food cost makes it hard to neighbors to continue to do that.

Rose says,

“The hunger situation here is dividing us . . . Very few people will harvest enough this year.”

Kanini dreams of attending school to be able to take care of his grandmother. He says,

“I do not go to school,  because there is no one to sponsor me.”

For about $1 a day, you can help a child like Kanini to have the most basic necessities-like food, education, clean water, and health care.

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Sub-Saharan Africa’s Outlook

Posted in Humanity, NEWS with tags , on March 8, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Sub-Saharan Africa is defined as the part of the continent below the Sahara, or in other words the part of the continent where the population consist of darker skinned Africans (Black Africa). It has also been referred to as the land of the Blacks. Keep in mind that although these countries has suffered poverty levels beyond those reported anywhere in the U.S. or most nations, it has not been due to a lack of resources.

On the contrary, this land is rich in gold, chrome, copper, uranium, bauxite, iron, and platinum, manganese, and other minerals. It is also the world’s greatest supplier of diamonds. Sub-Saharan Africa has been the victim of inhuman conditions that keep the population in poverty. Because of the natural riches found in here, the Sub-Saharan countries have been the target of greed through hundreds of years of colonialism and rape of the land without thought to replenish.

Resistance to colonialism led to independence and power struggles. Many of these countries have been caught up in civil disruption. This video is highlighting some of the good for the area.