Social Activist Wanna-Be

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo, I've been thinking a lot about social justice/ social activism.  Seeking out justice, especially for the poor is something that has been deep desire of mine even since I was quite young.  (as a child I used to play "homeless Barbie" but that's another story).  Over the years of living in a quaint little German village where there isn't any homelessness and the intense needs of the worlds are easily overlooked, I've realized that this important aspect of my life was missing.  I've been wrestling with what the means for me now, and with that I've decided to take small steps.  Part of that is that I'd like to choose monthly an organization to highlight  here on my website and in the social media world. (If there's an organization or non-profit you believe in, I'd love to hear about it) This is a two-fold process:

1. To keep myself informed.

It's so easy to forget about the condition of life the majority of the world faces.  If I don't watch it, it can be easy to get caught up in my world and to fall into a "woe is me" mentality. But I have it good, really good and part of that I suppose has to do with perspective.  I really want to maintain a grateful heart for what has been given to me. This is easier to see when I step back out of my world and problems and look at a broader world picture.

2.  To inform and raise awareness.

My story short version:  I lived in India and worked with the Delhi House Society.  I ended up needing to leave earlier than I intended.  I felt helpless in a lot of ways when I came back and didn't know what I could do to actively help the work of the Dehli House Society.  The only thing I could do was to paint and sing about the people I met and the things I saw.  This is an extension of that. My hope is to raise awareness and from that to bring about change.  Even if it's small steps.  Like these I'm trying to take right now.

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So that big intro is leading to DELHI HOUSE SOCIETY.  This is the organization I worked with in India.  It was started by Ton Snellart who had the vision of reaching out to the poorest of the poor in Delhi- the lost and often forgot "destitutes" on the streets of Delhi.  This formed into starting a rehabilitation home and a home for kids. Delhi House has had many amazing workers passing through, but currently most of the workers at the Delhi House are people who have been found on the streets, brought to hospitals and then the the rehabilitation home.  Many of those people have stayed and the work continues on.  It's pretty amazing.  I wrote to the folks at Delhi House to ask what their needs are, and here are some current help they could use.

Here are some needs Delhi House has coming up:

  • For the upcoming Christmas celebration, they are trying to raise funds for gifts for 30 Children at approximately 12 Euros Each and 24 staff at 25 Euros each.
  • They are also looking for people to sponsor a bed.  This would be 50 Euros per bed for the rehabilitation home.

If you're interested in getting involved they have a link with all that info here: http://www.delhihouse.org/get-involved/   or stay informed at: www.facebook.com/delhihouse.org

Thanks for reading!

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