Do you ever find yourself thinking, WHY?
I do - ALL. THE. TIME.
More so since I've had a little person in my life. Because he doesn't have any worries or concerns. Unless you count the location of Mr. Rabbit or his teeny Dusty plane. I mean seriously, kids don't know. They don't need to know what the REAL world is like. They need little to survive.
LOVE - WARMTH - FOOD -SLEEP and that’s about it. They don't need hundreds of toys, or brand new clothes all the time. How many times have you seen a child play with a cardboard box at Christmas or the tube from the wrapping paper you've spent hours using to wrap presents?
This is one of the reasons I feel so passionate about the work we do at First Days. Ok, so we don't support terminally ill children, or help fund a possible cure for cancer but what we do changes lives. In some of the cases we get the children may as well be terminally ill. As poverty and deprivation is the hardest thing for a child to overcome. In fact it’s almost impossible. Its hard to measure and even harder to quantify, it pops up in the media regularly. But when you read it, I bet you just scan past it? an few eye roll and a sigh and then onto the next story.
How would you feel if you couldn't provide for your child, couldn't be there to care for them as you are out trying to earn money to feed them. How would you feel if your child was cold, and hungry, or singled out at school because the uniform or the shoes they have are old and tatty? It literally breaks my heart. Because it doesn't have to be this way.
Before I started at First Days I thought I knew. I thought I knew what poverty and deprivation was.
Well I laugh at myself these days, as I literally knew NOTHING.
What does Poverty and Deprivation mean to a child. It can mean:
Being singled out
So I ask myself WHY? Why do children have to suffer? Why do children have to go without? Why is it such a struggle? Why can't all children start off on a level playing ground? Be given the same start in life, to be able to achieve and be offered opportunities to do well?
This is our dream, our vision. Get in touch with us today and help us make a difference.