Poverty in Africa
Millions still struggling for basics: food, water, & shelter
EAST AFRICA -- As Western countries continue to focus on the needs of men, women and children trapped in the web of Africa’s poverty, more and more people are asking what it means to be poor?
For those who are struggling to survive in dozens of nations across the African continent, being poor means being hungry. Poverty means a lack of shelter. It means being sick and not having the money needed to see a doctor. Being poor means not being able to pay the school fees required for a formal education -- and therefore, not knowing how to read or write. Being poor means not having a job -- and so being fearful of the future . . . being forced to live one day at a time, searching through garbage to find another bite of food each day.
For those who are parents in Africa -- men and women who must care for children as well as themselves -- being poor means constantly being worried. Too many parents in Africa know the loss of a child to illness brought about by unclean water. They are poor -- and powerless, lacking representation in government and being forced to live without freedom.
“Each of us is called to be a mouthpiece for those who cannot speak for themselves,” explains Open Heart Orphanage Director, Pr. Hassan Mubiru. “ In Psalm 34, it is written ‘The Lord hears the cry of the poor.’Without a doubt, it is our responsibility as fellow human beings to ‘cry out’ as well as take action on behalf of the men, women and children who do not have food to eat or adequate shelter, access to education or health. it is through us that the Lord will provide for those in need."