WALK IN MY SHOES FOR A DAY

"don't judge before you walk"

MY VISIT TO MONROVIA LIBERIA, WEST AFRICA - 2016

I recently visited Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia. I spent time meeting with family and friends which was dynamite! We reminisced on old times, ate a lot and laughed a lot. It was a good feeling to be back home.


As we drove around the city, I saw 'poverty'; it was starring me right in my face. The laughter I had a few moments earlier, slowly turned to sadness and tears. So I composed myself, focused on my agenda and purpose for my visit to Liberia.


The way we define poverty either implicitly or explicitly, plays a major role in how we determine the solution for eradicating poverty. Some of the most pressing issues facing the world today are ending extreme poverty, making sure that girls are safe and protected with equal rights, and ensuring that children are not dying of preventable diseases.


Children in Liberia and around the world, continue to go hungry. No access to clean water, poor health care while education is impossible for many. Blameless Faces Foundation, Inc., want our actions to count and serve as something tangible.


We are proud to say that we have now partnered with two schools in Liberia with a total of over 700 hundred students and will be opening up a third school sometime by the end of 2016.


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While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation.

~Maya Angelou

WHAT I SAW!

What I saw, was a nation of people that have suffered greatly through wars and more recently, the Ebola epidemic. Mine eyes looked upon the aftermath of unimaginable crimes of poverty, neglect, joblessness, child trafficking and prostitution of young boys and girls--there was no age limit. I've supped on my words for the past two months before putting pen to paper in order to compose and relay my experience(s) and thoughts.


Allow me to share with you the distaste absorbed in my heart after seeing the elderly and youths being caught up in a Life, where there's no Life from a statistical perspective.



  • Population - 4.2 Million (Ebola deaths ** 7,650 between 2014-2015)
  • Population of youth - 65%
  • Poverty Level - 64%
  • Illiteracy - 60.8%
  • Total Unemployment - 83% (Youths 85%)
  • Malaria - 3rd largest killer
  • Total number of doctors serving country - 200
  • Pretrial Detainees - 80%
  • Rank in Academics - 188 out of 215 countries

BEING POOR WITH A HEART!

I actually lived in this home to experience the sufferings of those living in poverty. A place where there's no shelter, food-banks, government assistant, or food stamps. The temperature was approximately 110 degrees, while on the inside, a whopping 126 degrees! I thought that I would literally go crazy. I found myself walking the streets at midnight just to get some relief; as it was cooler outside than it was inside.


It gets worse -- no electricity, no running water, and lucky if you are able to eat one time a day. To my dismay, no one complained!!! They laughed and told stories, stood the unbearable heat while I cried from a broken heart....I also missed the luxuries that the U.S. afforded me, but quickly understood that there is a difference between 'us' and 'them' -- they Accept what they don't have, while we in more industrialized countries like the U.S., take Advantage of what we do have.


The kids studied in the dark by candlelight, washed their uniforms and took cold bucket baths (a gallon of water can be bought if you can afford it), then went sleep on the cemented floor with a thin cloth over them by 11 p.m., as sweat pours down their faces from the heat. No problem! They're up again fetching water to take another bath by 5:00 am and finishing up any chores before heading out to school by 7:30 am. If they are lucky, they would get one meal for the day either at school where they can get a piece of bread, about a quarter size of a french bread. Sometimes, will have to wait until they get out of school by 3:30 pm with hopes of finding something at home to eat. Our organization could not accept that, and necessary provisions were made to assist; but we still need your help.


Our story may not affect you, until it is you who becomes affected ~Lisa D. Houston~

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Poverty teaches you something!


Your leftovers --- becomes someone else's dinner


The half of glass of water you didn't finish -- is clean water someone have never tasted


Clothes you toss away because it has a little hole in it -- it becomes fabulous to another


Shoes you don't wear because its not in style -- are shoes that many have never worn


That extra dollar you have laying around -- is a meal for a child


"Material things becomes a moment of satisfaction; while sharing with others, becomes a lifetime of memories" ~Lisa D. Houston.