Have we lost our humanity?
Each of the My Arms Wide Open and Bergnek Community Projects initiatives revolves around a common theme; changing circumstances for women and children. This weeks' update from Keith in Bergnek asks the question; Have we lost our humanity?
This weeks' message from Keabetswe (Keith)
My name is Keabetswe Keith Mosumane I grew up in the rural community of Bergnek in Limpopo, in the Northern part of South Africa. This past week's events from America have left me in distraught, I do not know if I am politically correct to talk about this, every news channel from around the world is broadcasting the riots that have now spread over 40 major cities in America. My question is, what has become of us as humanity?
I saw the video of a man losing his life in the hands of a man who was supposed to protect his life, a law enforcement officer. How do you take someone's life in broad daylight with cameras and people watching. This video somehow unearthed emotions I thought I never had. What do you do when your fate is in someone else's hands?
The right to live, the right to equal opportunities , aren't basic human rights, which we all should have by virtue of being human on this planet?
Do you scream, shout or cry. I guess he did all that, but no one heard him.
The very man that was supposed to be protecting his life took it in front of his colleagues and no one had the courage to see that he was suffocating, he was losing his breath right in front of their eyes.
For as long as I can remember, I have been screaming and shouting for equal opportunities and basic human rights, the right to live like everyone else.
When did we lose our way?
It's not easy to lose a loved one, whether by accident or natural death. The families are always left with a lot of unanswered questions, the main question is what if?
What if someone had helped him, what if they had listened to his screams, and shouting for help, what if his life wasn't cut short? What if?
Look around, who do you see?
Since the beginning of time, it has always been the survival of the fittest, those who fought against adverse circumstances and achieved great victories. The people who faced adversities eventually won, and became an inspiration for the next generation. Necessity is the mother of all invention and adversity brings out all the survival instincts to the fore.
Tonight I ask each and every one of us to look around us, what do we see?
The whole world is up in arms and it's the underprivileged, the most vulnerable people around us, in our communities and in society in general that are suffering.
In most cases we do not feel their pain until we are staring at ourselves in the mirror with tears in our eyes.
Why I chose to help women and children
The reason why I started these initiatives in my community was because I was tired of seeing people around me screaming and shouting for help, crying for opportunities, crying for basic human rights.
May it be that we are remembered by future generations not by the chaos that shocks the whole world, but rather, how we came together as humanity everywhere across the world to support the most vulnerable people in our society?
Help us silence the screams and shouting of people in my community of Bergnek
- Keith Mosumane, Bergnek Community Projects -
Some of the things the women and people of Bergnek are doing to create change in their community include GirlStuffPeriod.org and their Pads against Bullying initiative. Both programs support girls getting back into school, by providing them with menstrual supplies they don’t have or can’t afford. My World in a Garden helps to keep girls in school by providing the food they need, supporting the Pads Against Bullying program. These programs create the environment where they don't have to leave the classroom to find food; The health clinic will provide support for girls, expectant mothers, children and other community members. One Brick at a Time is designed to help create employment, focused on women.
There are multiple ways for you to help and support girls in the program and we are counting on you and the people you know to take action.
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We are grateful for your ongoing support and for all you, as donors, have already done to create positive change in the Bergnek community, and especially for those of you who give to the GirlStuffPeriod project every month. Thank you for your contributions, your messages and for sharing the work we do with the wonderful people of Bergnek. We appreciate you and the people of Bergnek most certainly do too.
Don't give up on the communities we serve, we certainly won't either!