Collateral Victims of Our Society …!!!
Yes….victims of our society… !!! And we can not relieve us self of that responsibility for we are an integral part of the society we live in. I am a believer in democracy, in the survival of the fittest ….but yet I can not ignore my very human feeling of solidarity , of guilt, when I see innocent children alone in their suffering for which they have no fault. Many people argue that they are the responsibility of their parents and the system. That is a very convenient statement for it takes all the burden off our shoulders.
I have recently met an old friend, a wonderful mother of her own, that together with another couple of amazing ladies has struggled to put together a small charity organization to try to make a change in these children’s life. I have joined them during one of their modest activities and I was touched by how simple, how little it takes to bring joy in the struggling life of these poor helpless children. An old toy, an old pair of shoes, some clothes we usually just throw away…a school bag that our children just don’t like anymore … all of these can help put a smile on a face of an innocent child that probably lived next door, but he was too poor or challenged and ended up in some institution were his life has become nothing but even harder and he ended up as just another statistic.
Even though I have to admit I haven’t done nearly as much as I could, I still dare (even if I might appear to be an hypocrite) to urge you all to not just turn your back at this social problem. As I have already mentioned, these children are a product of our society , an outcome of our every day actions and decisions, and we should not run away from that responsibility. I know our tax money pay for the institutions that care for them , but is that enough? are we not capable to do just a little bit more? Are we not human enough anymore ? I may seem to be a dreamer but I like to believe we can do just a bit more, and that bit is often enough to improve the quality of life for many of the poor, alone, suffering innocent children .
In today’s life in our beloved country of Romania (and not only), it just seems that we have become less human, and more like primates living in a concrete jungle, were we take on our social responsibilities only if we have a personal benefit to take advantage off. We can not blame anybody for it even though we try to blame governments and politicians, or the economy , lack of jobs and so on. We still can not be excused for passively accepting these beautiful amazing children as collateral victims and condemn them to a miserable life lacking the most basic needs to survive and prosper as members of the very own society we so proudly claim to belong to.
So step up and help organization like The Association “You Are Not Alone” to make a small change, or go out and help on your own and I promise you will find it to be well worth it.
The images were taken with the cooperation of The Association “You Are Not Alone” during an Easter inspired activity at “Aurora” Educational Center.