Boggs 1Peyton BoggsTilleryBritish Literature26 October 2011 A Banquet Fundraiser for the Children of Africa The world as it is today is crumbling right before our very eyes. Floods, earthquakes,fires, and most importantly, world hunger is growing every single day. Back then society wouldactually create fundraisers or go on mission trips to do something about it, but nowadays it is likethe world has completely given up on the unnourished children living in poverty with no foodand dying every day. 98% of the worlds undernourished children live in developing countries(The Hunger Project). Africa is known to be one of the poorest countries in the world.A third ofall childhood death in sub-Saharan Africa is caused by hunger (The Hunger Project). As a resultof such factors, the number of people living in extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa grew from217 million in 1987 to more than 300 million in 1998. One of the most overlooked problems inAfrica is their water shortages. Nearly one billion people do not have access to clean water; thatis equivalent to 1 in 8 people on the planet (The Water Project). Six million children under theage of five years old die every year as a result of hunger all around the country of Africa.Theamount of food and water are not nearly enough for these children to survive on. Literally theyhave to go down to a stream of water, contaminated with waists and dirt, and fill whatever basketor bowl they have just to feed their families. The oldest child is the one who is put in charge ofthe family whenever their parents or elders die. They could even be under the age of 6 and stillbe appointed the responsibility of raising their younger siblings if they have no already died.
Boggs 2 In wealthy and nourished countries, society would not be able to endure even half a dayof the life that the children of Africa who are in poverty and unnourished go through every dayof their lives. One out of every two people in southern Africa is ill because of a poor diet (BBC).Another problem in Africa is the increasing number of children living on the streets. One childnamed Tigiste who is 12 years old tells a reporter that “people don‟t love us”. She sells roastedbarley and begs for change at stoplights in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa (InternationalConference on Street Children in Africa). Unlike the global decreasing of the 1990s, andacceptable advances for children in some African countries, children in sub-Saharan Africa aremore likely to be sick, less likely to be in school and far more likely to die before the age of fivethan children in any other region. Trapped in a continuing cycle of war against poverty anddiseases, African children and their parents were more likely worse off at the end of the decadethan they were at the beginning.The under-five mortality rate for sub-Saharan Africa which wasat 175 per thousand in 2000, was more than double of the world‟s average of 81 per thousandand nearly 30 times higher than that of children in developed countries (Africa Recovery). Thechildren of Africa‟s life styles are far more difficult and risky any other countries in the world.They suffer the most damage, loss, and consequence to where literally the children have to takeover the families. If you were to go to East Africa and do a documentary on one child, theywould tell you this, “You would be fortunate to still be alive at the age of six because many ofour friends and family have died of things such as malaria, dysentery, and malnutrition.” Thehousing Africa is devastating. When you are a child in Africa, you are put in a small shack madeof sun baked, mud bricks, covered by a corrugated tin roof that leaks whenever it rains. Thehouse is one room and the room is small, but if you are really lucky it will be two. They spendeach day scraping food just for one person, most likely the youngest in the family.
Boggs 3 The body is a strong temple where it should be nourished and taken care of to fight offdiseases and illnesses. You would think that the worst looking food here is a McDonald‟scheeseburger, but in the deepest parts of Africa the children are served a bowl of rice and a littlebit of water. In order for the body to survive, it needs carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins,minerals, and water, all of which the starving children living all around Africa do not get withina day. The body also needs exercise to which they are not even strong enough to do. Once thebody starts to lose its nutrients and natural functions, it will slowly begin to die(worldfoodvision). The death rate of the children in South Africa has increased in numerousamounts over the years. One in every six children in sub-Saharan Africa dies before the age offive, compared with one in 29 in Latin America and the Caribbean, and one in 143 inindustrialized countries (Global Development).During the Russian Revolution, a man named Mark Mathabane had a glimpse of what the futurecould be like without shelter, food, and even education. When Mark was only 5 years old, he wasin a gang where no mercy would be shown in any given situation. He lived with his motherwhom was married to his father. His father was known for being a “mad drunk”. Mark also livedwith his brother and sister who were younger than him. Mark hated school with a passion. He‟dreject every offer of going every time he was given a chance. The home that he and his familylived in was fairly, unstable. The streets they lived by were filled with rats and graffiti. Rustedbuildings surrounded them in every direction. Every day, Mark had to go out and scrape food forhis family to eat at least once that day while his father was getting drunk and neglecting them.Mark had grown to reject his father as well; he quickly realized that he was nothing but anignorant man who only cared about himself. Meanwhile, his mother was doing everything shecould to hold her family together. (Education at this point in time was extremely important to
Boggs 4Mark‟s mother, but since he refused to go, he was forced to become the “father” of his familyinstead). Then one day, as normal as it seemed, Mark was walking home when a woman on thestreet running up to him frantically said his mother has been attacked by his father; she had toldMark that his father was armed with a meat clever and belligerently drunk; for he has also drivenhis mother and her other children out of the house. Mark immediately ran home to find thewindows on the house were busted; bricks and rocks lying everywhere on the ground. He couldnot believe what he was about to face, the very man who he once looked up to and admired.Once he had faced his father and threatened to kill him, Mark ran back to his grandmother‟shouse where his mother and siblings were driven off to. Days after the incident, things started tocalm down and Mark„s mother asked him to sit down with her; she wanted to talk to him aboutwhat happened with his father. “Mama, why did he beat you so badly?” She paused and lookedat her son and said, “Your father is upset with me. He passionately disagrees with education andhow I tell you it could help us be able to supply food and shelter for our family”. Mark wasconfused, but at the same time understood what his mother was saying to him. “Mark, there aregoing to be times in your life when you will face evil, negativity, discouraging words andthoughts of people who just do not understand. But if there is one thing that I wish I could havedone in my life, it would have been going to school to better our family and be able to providefor this family alongside your father. Intelligence is the key to survival. I am sorry that you haveto live this way, scraping for food, living in an unstable home. If you put your mind and heartinto it, Mark, you will be able to get whatever you want in life. You will have success and afuture. That is my upmost dream for you”. While Mark‟s mother was passionately speaking tohim, tears started to roll down his face, for he had finally realized that help was coming, hehimself could take control and provide for his family (eNotes).
Boggs 5 The purpose of this fundraiser is not to raise money for companies, or materials forschools. It is meant to encourage and give hope to the children in poverty all over Africa. Morethan half of the country of Africa is increasing with illness and malnutrition, simply because thehuman race has become so selfish and ungrateful that we just take every day and every blessingfor granted. One meal the average “rich” person eats a day can feed at least an entire family inAfrica; most of them have already decreased to just the children because the deaths of theirparents and grandparents and any other guardian that would otherwise would have theresponsibility to provide food for their families. The benefits Americans get are limitless; it would not hurt for us to share them withchildren and families who are literally suffering every moment of every day because the lack ofsupplies and money to build schools, churches, and or hospitals. It is just the fact that over thegenerations, the world has grown colder and more discouraging. If people are so concerned withthe poverty levels all over Africa and many other countries, then do something about it instead ofsit on the couch and complain about not having enough food. With the love and kindness of thisfundraiser, the starving children in Africa will hopefully become inspired and grow courage andthe strength to survive. With the help of people who care and cherish life, they will be able tohelp and save struggling families all over Africa. Meanwhile, prayer is needed for thesedesperate countries all over the world. It is never too late to save a family in need, a child who isdying every second from malnutrition, desperation of the weak who think they are hopeless.They are not, and never will be. They deserve a chance, a life of happiness.
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