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Suffer The Children

March 23, 2009

anti-drug-kids-march-montageOrganizers of that weekend march to drum up awareness about the need to fight drug abuse claim to have mobilized half a million children.

As stunts go, it was billed as a success worthy to qualify in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest ever civic gather for a cause as worthy as the announced theme.

But there’s a crink. Report have it that organizers led by aspiring senatorial wannabee Efraim Genuino, top honcho of PAGCOR, the state gambling agency, failed to factor in the kids’ need for food and transportation back to their homes.

One ABS-CBN report quoted complaining parents as saying it took their children until almost midnight to reach home.

The incident serves as a timely peg for this gem emailed to me by my Kuya Danny:

A World Fit for Children
I believe that children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter
Remind us how we used to be
Everybody’s searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfilled my needs
A lonely place to be
And so I learned to depend on me
These are the words of the song, GREATEST LOVE OF ALL, sung by Whitney Houston.
I believe that children are the future
How can we help our children, our future?
There are many things we can do to work toward change. You might think of them as baby steps.
If you are politically minded you may choose to contact your legislator or actually lobby yourself for funds to be earmarked for the betterment of children. A campaign to allocate additional funds for supportive services would definitely help children. Share a personal story with your representative about a family you know that is struggling. When our legislators don’t have to look into the eyes of a child it is much easier for them to ignore the problem, to justify spending money elsewhere.
Many of you are not political beings and you may be wondering what you can do to make our world fit for children. What step can you take? Where can you begin?
The FAMILY PLEDGE OF NONVIOLENCE is one such beginning. This first step in the campaign against violence was formulated to give families, faith communities and other groups a way of living positively and faithfully.
Making peace must start within ourselves, within our family:
* Respect myself, to affirm others, and to avoid uncaring criticism, hateful words, physical attacks, and self-destructive behavior.
* To communicate better by sharing my feelings honestly. To look for safe ways to express my anger, and to work at solving problems peacefully.
* To listen carefully to one another, especially those who disagree with me, and to consider other’s feelings and needs rather than insisting on having my own way.


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