Despite the fact that Africa is rich in
natural resources with the ability to become a powerful world leader,
there is a significant population of ‘underprivileged’
people and villages.
In the United States the words ‘poor’
or ‘underprivileged’ brings to mind families that only have one
car, they cannot afford steak for dinner, or they live in somewhat
By contrast, the poor of Africa have no
electricity, no vehicle, no clean water to drink and lack food security. Infants and children in areas of famine or instability die at an alarming rate from malnutrition and dehydration.
Such poor in Africa view the poor in the
Western world as wealthy.
Even though the United States (and
other countries) have sent billions of dollars in aid to Africa, the
condition persists. Governments look at the ‘overall country’
needs, not the individual need.
What is the best way to to help African
individuals and villages? Give Africans the tools needed, and any required training. The following are just two examples that could have
a very large impact on the poor of Africa.
Village leaders within
a ten-mile radius can be gathered together
The benefits of
electricity and the use of solar power can be demonstrated
Training can be given on how to set up a
solar powered station in their village
The required supplies can be donated to set up a solar station in each village
Each village leader would contact
surrounding villages and enable them to do the teaching to this new
group of villages.
electrical capabilities will enable them to easily boil water so that
it is fit for human consumption, in areas where the water is unsafe, provide lighting, perhaps have one
air conditioned structure in the village where
those who are ill can take respite to escape the unrelenting heat and sun.
In the west, children often get joy from seeing multi-colored led lights
sparkling on pathways or in their homes. In the US, LED lighting is
seen as a way to save
money on lighting, but to African villagers it would provide
a basic element to live a better life.
Water continues to
be the number one issue for the outlying villages. The African
climate is brutal; nothing can grow in the barren heat drenched soil
without water. Neither people nor animals can survive without water.
such village requires a deep working well to supply water for the people,
animals and crops needed to survive.
could grow one vegetable type to share with the other villagers. This will also
ensure a variety of foods in the village.
village could be supplied with chickens, sheep or other animals so they will also have meat to
eat and additional transport.
While these ideas will cost a lot of
money to begin with, the cost will diminish over time to zero
dollars. As the old adage says, ‘Give a man a fish and he will eat
today, teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime’.