By: Dr. Synesio Lyra, Jr.
Everywhere in the world, human babies are still being born in high numbers. As they grow, they are surrounded by infinite possibilities, unlimited opportunities, besides a God-given potential to overcome enormous, varied challenges.
However, what maturing children can discover around them, in the ground below them, in the spaces they occupy, as well as in reachable places above them, requires the concrete aid of loving, skilled adults to ensure its realization.
An alarming global problem is the increasing number of developing children devoid of such responsible, capable individuals to help them advance from one stage of life to the next. Yet, the adult population of the future are the children of today!
As the late Neil Postman, of New York University once wrote, “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see!’
With or without schools, children still absorb countless experiences that shape their lives. Major problems occur when what is really needed is often missing, while much that is undesirable and harmful is what they end up getting in large measure.
Robert Fulghum, in the most famous of his best-selling books, confessed: “All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten.” Tragically, too many children will never see kindergarten, much less any other schooling beyond that level.
However, there are individuals, agencies, and specialized organizations effectively filling that gap for several youths. Their aim is to provide sound knowledge, a healthy faith, exciting sports, and many other skills whose purpose is to equip them for a full-orbed life, productive in the world!
Discover such reputable and effective institutions, and help them where and how you can, to enable precious youngsters in deprived conditions, in different parts of the world, to discover what is possible for them to attain and to possess. This is a difference that matters for a lifetime, and will cost you much less than if you ignore doing what you can!