Chapter 9: Liberia – my final thoughts
I feel quite sad this is my last post from my journey through Liberia. I am being asked whether what I have seen, or the challenges I have come across have changed the way I see and do things? simple answer? Yes, they have.
Above anything else, I have realised how important it is to appreciate what is around you and not take everything for granted. I don’t feel guilty that I have hot and cold running (clean) water, nor that I have light at the flick of a switch. It isn’t my fault that I have been born into a western civilisation, however, seeing poverty, suffering and anguish first hand has made me less likely to complain and more likely to acknowledge the good things that life throws at us. I am probably more inclined to find my moment and #LiveIt
I am now more aware that people in countries such as Liberia are not “basket cases” as someone was over heard describing all African countries, but that they are strong, resilient, hospitable, friendly and determined to succeed. Their main problem is that they are living in a country, which, over time and through civil war, has been mismanaged. They need education and guidance to help them become self sufficient and prosperous.
I hope my blog posts over these past two weeks have shown the importance of Oxfam’s work, how they choose communities to help, how the projects work and what the underlining positive outcome of all the projects – if you lift one life, you are lifting whole communities.
Chapter 1: Oxfam offers a glimmer of hope
Chapter 2: Journey through the country
Chapter 3: Oxfam’s Livelihood Programme
Chapter 4: Living like a local
Chapter 5: How do you choose who to help?
Chapter 6: Saving for change
Chapter 7: Virtuous Women
Chapter 8: The importance of Water, Health & Sanitation
Oxfam rely on donations to support their incredible work. It really is the case of lift one life and you will lift whole communities.
I am hosting an Oxfam event on Sunday 9th March at the Morpeth Rugby Club. We are trying to Zip 100 men and women, across 200ft from a 150ft high mobile crane! Having fun and raising our goal of £12,500. If my stories have inspired you, please help us reach our goal by donating via….