Posts tagged children with disabilities
Being myself no stranger to suffering, I have learned to relieve the sufferings of others.
Many of us may have lived charmed lives and never faced real hardships or suffering. We might have gone through a few rough patches when we were unemployed (and collecting unemployment benefits) or just starting out on our own. We may know the pinch of getting by on less since retirement. Some of us may even qualify for that “negative income” tax break but not many of us in the “gringo” community know what it is like to experience real hunger or exposure to the elements. Yet, when we see pictures of ramshackle shelters and children in tattered clothing our hearts are touched and we do one of two things. We quickly flip to another page to find something more uplifting to focus on or we reach for our checkbook.
The dog days of the summer are upon us and yet there are at least two more months before most of us will return to the beaches of San Felipe. Those still there are struggling to get through and survive. Two organizations in particular are trying to help them through. Volunteers Without Limits continues to distribute food, diapers and nutritional supplements to those in most dire need. V.I.V.A. volunteers work diligently to find homes for abandoned animals but in the mean time must provide food and shelter for them. They also work non-stop to make spaying and neutering available to all.
How much they can do depends on you. Will you click off to something more pleasant or will you click through to their websites and to make a small donation? If you have ever know suffering in your own life you will likely be moved to help. If you have not, you have this opportunity to be grateful for your blessings and take time to pass some on to someone else.
The choice is yours.
If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
We can’t feed them all. No matter how big our hearts or pocketbooks there will always be people who are hungry, whether it a result of economic disasters, poor life choices or just their location at birth. It might be a temporary set back or it might be permanent condition. The druggie may one day walk into a 12 step meeting and turn their life around, or not. The kid from the hood might take advantage of an athletic scholarship or helping hand and expand his or her horizons, or not. The single mother may learn new skills and start a small cottage business to support herself and her children, or not.
Sometimes there are choices that can make a difference. Sometimes those choices are not presented, beyond reach or just too hard to believe in so for whatever reason there will always be children who go to sleep on an empty stomach. So what should we do about it? If we can’t make it “all better” should we just close our eyes or turn our heads so we don’t have look at it?
Mother Teresa’s answer was do what you can. Paty Orozco has taken a similar stand in San Felipe. She can’t make it “all better” for her own daughter, Lupita, who was born with spinal encephala, but she does what she can to make her life as comfortable and as full as possible. She doesn’t stop there though. She also reaches out to the families of other children like Lupita. Children who need more than just three squares a day to survive. Children who can’t chew or swallow regular food and whose parents don’t have the facilities, means or maybe just don’t have the education, time or energy to prepare pureed foods. Paty knows the importance of these children getting balanced nutrition so she has created a program to supply these children with at least one nutritional supplement drink a day. A challenge for one child when the parent only has seasonal work, a monumental task when you are looking to supply seven or more children this one serving a day.
Add to that the task of getting these children to and from medical care and treatments with specialists who know how to deal with their particular problem when the closest specialist is most likely 100 miles away and you can begin to see the size of the task that faces Volunteers Without Limits each month. There there is the “normal” challenge of providing enough food to dispense to unemployed and impoverished families of San Felipe.
These women aren’t just sitting around waiting for someone else to fix things. They work at it daily. They collect and sort and sell everything they can in the thrift shop. They clean and cook when ever they get the opportunity.
This week the VSL ladies are putting on a “fiesta” at the park to raise funds so they can help a couple of special children get the medical care they need. You can help by showing up and buying dinner. I am sure they will cook up something yummy. While you are there, enjoy the music and entertainment. There is going to be dancers and singers and games. It is located at the park located between Mar Bermejo and Mar Blanco, just south of Chetumal… right next to the fire department and clinic. It starts at 5 p.m. Go and have fun … and help!