Saturday, January 16, 2010
Posted by Christian Frugal Mama at 7:00 AM
There has been a great deal of talk about Haiti and about what to do for Haiti lately. It's great that people want to be involved and to do something. Money is definitely a big part of the equation. But there's more too.
When I was in engineering school, I was passionate about impoverished areas. Not only is there a lack of funds, but there's a huge lack of education and hands to help. I was a huge fan of programs such as Engineers Without Borders. Engineers Without Borders is a program that takes college engineering students, pairs them with professional engineers and gives them a project to work on for an impoverished area. They do projects like water solutions, pipes, and buildings. I always felt that programs like this were teaching the man to fish. You know, "Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime."
That's not to say that you HAVE to go to areas like Haiti. For some (like me right now) it's completely unfeasible and I'd probably just get in the way. But there are some of you out there who have skills and abilities that can help these types of areas. Haiti is the country that's in the news a lot right now, obviously, but there are other areas that are suffering as well.
My husband and I went on a week long missions trip to El Salvador before we were married. Anyone who's been to a third world country can tell you: It'll change your life. You go down thinking about how you will help these people and yet YOU are the one that's forever changed. So I'm wondering...
Who's been to a third world country before? What did you do, see and feel? Who's hoping to someday be able to make a trip to a third world country? Why? Share with us!
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