I was fortunate enough to be born into a white middle class family in the southeast of England. Whilst we didn’t have tons of money (I am one of five children) I never wanted for anything. I am lucky enough to have not known hunger, extreme cold or extreme heat. To have always had a roof over my head and clothes to wear. I am lucky enough not to have experienced war in my own country.
So many others can’t say the same and, as far as I’m concerned, it is down to those of us who have, to help those who have not.
Therefore you will see blog posts about charity on Franglaise Mummy.
When I moved to Mauritius I knew that I wanted to give something back. Whilst this is far from a third world country, there is still disturbing poverty here so I am currently working with a local NGO to help those living in precarious conditions.
There is a kind of a shanty town less than 2 miles from where we live here, where 40 or so families are “housed” in tin huts, with mud slides between their homes. As well as organising fundraising events here and helping one family directly (through taking the children out for activities to give the mum a break), I am also going to be helping by donating a percentage of my profits to this NGO, to help these (mostly single) mums get on their feet and give their kids a better crack at life than they had.
I wanted to share this here because as we become global citizens it is vitally important for us to look out for those less fortunate than us. And just maybe reading this will inspire you to do something today too.
Thanks for taking the time to read this,