Make a Difference Instead of Making Noise

I didn’t prepare a post early for today so here I am thinking of something to write about. This morning early I checked my Facebook to see what has been said by friends and relatives. I ended up reading an article on child and slave labor. I’m not sure that I can be quite as adamant as those who actively battle for the plight of children around the world. Our values in the United States can’t easily be imposed on third world countries.

I read an article naming five large corporations that sell products we all buy that ultimately uses child labor for either the raw materials or production. The article advocated boycotting these companies. Granted, the children have no childhood as we view what an ideal childhood should be. However, in many places if everyone in a family doesn’t bring in a income the whole family would starve.no boycott Annual incomes that wouldn’t even make a month’s pay for a minimum wage worker in this country are common in less developed countries. Should we impose our affluent values on a country that cannot support the kind of economy we enjoy? I don’t think we can. Can we advocate for better conditions, especially where abuse and exploitation is employed? Certainly. There is a fine line. If we boycott companies that use cotton planted and harvested by children it will ultimately take food out of the mouths of those same children.child picking cotton  It is a dilemma for sure. I don’t have answers, all I can do is pray for those children. It would be nice to ensure those children are fed, clothed, and educated. We cannot change the circumstances into which they are born. There are many horrors in this world, taking away the only source of income from a family by refusing to purchase products using their labor is not going to improve their plight. It will just make it worse.

So today as you go through your affluent life wearing cotton clothes that employed child labor to pick that cotton, surf the net on that device produced by child labor, think of those and pray for their wellbeing. If you’re of a mind to donate to organizations that advocate for better conditions without taking away income from a poor family. ID-10057545 (1)Donate to organizations that work to improve lives in third world countries, those that dig wells so a community has good drinking water, build and staff schools to educate the children, those who send relief that actually gets into the hands of the needy. Do these things, don’t boycott a company because that does not really change a thing.

Be generous today and do something that will make a difference.

Blessings,

Grandma Peachy

http://thewaterproject.org/

http://www.educatebohol.org/give

https://taylory.wordpress.com/tag/myth/

http://campaignforeducationusa.org/members

http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0023/002321/232197E.pdf

 

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 “Giving To The Poor” Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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About grandmapeachy

I am a retired grandmother and amateur quilter. Generally I do not discuss religion and politics with people other than my family and even then I do more listening than talking. Because I dislike confrontation this blog is a way for me to express opinions that I hold on these and other issues without having to delve into controversial discussions with others who may not agree with me. I am also an avid supporter of indie authors. There are a lot of great books that are not available through traditional publishing and I believe that these stories need to be brought to the attention of the reading public.
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4 Responses to Make a Difference Instead of Making Noise

  1. Scott Berry says:

    I could write pages about the problems of child labor – I see it every day as I travel through the Philippines. It’s a huge issue impacting millions of children. It has been proven over and over that being involved in education is the #1 protective factor against child labor and the child sex trade. If a young person would rather work than go to school, I think it should be his or her choice. Let’s give these kids the opportunity to chose. A packpack filled with school supplies costs less than $10 – many children in the Philippines can’t afford half of that. Please help make a difference. Thank you.

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    • There are many organizations including Educate Bohol that focus on providing the essential tools for children to obtain and education. I agree wholeheartedly in providing for those needs. Hopefully my readers will help as well. Thank you Scott for all you do. Blessings.

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      • Scott Berry says:

        Thank you for bringing this issue to the attention of your readers. Educate Bohol was able to help over 1,100 students in the province of Bohol, Philippines. Not only does this help the students, but it benefits their families, their schools, and their communities. We’re reaching into villages that most of the larger organizations refuse to go. We were just on the island of Calituban . . . 1,000 people would have made the island overpopulated . . . but there are 10,000. The needs are incredible, both for the students and for their teachers. I’m working on a short video about our visit there — I’ll be glad to share it as soon as it’s completed.

        Again, thank you for your concern for kids in developing countries as they face the challenges of child labor, human trafficking, and the sex trade.

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      • I would love to see the video when you complete it. I’d like to share it as well. My reach isn’t far yet but it is expanding.

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