A little more than a week ago, a devastating earthquake struck Nepal. Thousands of people died in a developing country that had very little resources. And now, thousands more will probably die from disease. And hunger. And god knows what else. Unfortunately, there are always greedy people out there who will try to take advantage of the situation. So if you want to do something to help the victims of the earthquake, do it smartly. Please. I know many people are eager to go there to help. Please don’t unless if you know what you are doing. Let the professionals handle this. You want to help? Donate some cash. Volunteer with your local red cross to prepare the supplies.
In the meantime, here are a few vetted charities that we know are actively doing something to help. And will require your help to help. The World Food Program is also an international orgnization that not only does relief work, but works in developing nations on the long term nutritional health of their citizens.
Last Tuesday, I woke up to the terrible news that my Baltimore, my beloved Baltimore was burning. I understand why people are angry. I understand that a terrible injustice has occurred. I understand that something needs to be done. But does it have to result in so much violence and destruction? Does Baltimore have to turn into Ferguson? Children were involved in this protest. Although, going by news reports, its unclear if the children were unwittingly trapped in a situation they did not comprehend. Or if the police were simply trying to do their best under extremely trying circumstances. It just feels as if the potent mix of mistrust and misinformation and fear escalated into an explosive situation. But I do know this. Baltimore is home to a lot of people who love Baltimore. Who have lived in her all their lives. They are not going to let her burn without a fight. There will be people who will choose to do what is right. Also, do you know what happens when the city shuts down the school because its simply not safe to open the schools? Children go hungry. Its what happens in the summer when there’s no school. But now, even food shelters are closed because of the violence. And there are a lot of families out there who depend on the school lunch to keep their children fed. So these volunteers deserve special applause for making sure that the innocent do not suffer.
And although I do not condone fighting violence with violence. I really applaud this mother. She embodies what being a parent is about. She’s not her teenager’s friend. She’s HIS MOTHER. And if he is going to do something that will get him killed, she’s going to go there, and drag him back because she’s not going to bury any of her babies before his time. If she hadn’t dragged him kicking home, who knows what would have happened? So on Monday Inspiration day, THIS MOTHER IS MY INSPIRATION.