This post is not about health but instead is about lending a helping hand, which is better health for humanity in a way. Too many of us in the developed world are unaware of the great trials that occur in developing or undeveloped countries. The plight is grave and for some so much so that they are willing to brave the tumultuous ocean for a chance for a better life.
The island of Lampedusa has become to Italy what Ellis Island was to so many immigrants of the United States, a safe haven and beacon of hope. Unfortunately, the voyage to Lampedusa for many migrants is filled with uncertainty and danger. Each year more and more persons fleeing conflict and poverty from Bangladesh, Egypt, Libya, and Syria risk the perils of the ocean in unworthy vessels for a chance of a safer and better life in Europe.
There are more and more articles being written and movies being created to emphasize the need to get us all the basic needs of life so that these dangerous missions can stop occurring. The Pirogue is a 2012 Senegalese drama film directed by Moussa Toure that does a fantastic job of placing the viewer in the midst of one of these hopeful, suicidal missions.
Unfortunately, most of the patrons will not make it to the end of the journey and often result in children becoming orphans in an unknown land and all alone. In less than six months, over 26,000 persons have migrated to Italy; many of them, too many of them, are children orphaned from the deadly voyage and some who were always traveling alone. The figures are so staggering this year that Save the Children Italy has stated there are not adequate facilities to accommodate and protect them.
There is a way to help these migrant children; at least some of them. A probable solution to assist the innocent children of tomorrow’s generation has been created by Alton D* Terry. Never Give-up Your Dreams (NGYD), currently based in Rome, Italy, is an artistic initiative that uses creativity to benefit causes specific to a community.
NGYD is a vehicle that contains music, illustrations, texts and other art forms that help to tell a story of an experience by which the artists have been touched. It is a vessel of inspiration. It is the multiple perceptions of life that allows us to understand a world beyond our own. It is the hope that one day, our lives will be an inspiration to others. It is our language. It is our story. It is our heart. It is our dream. A dream on which we will never give up.
The NGYD mission is to use art to make a positive difference in our world. By working in concert with a community (politicians, artists, humanitarian associations, etc…) we can address and collectively work to resolve an issue that is specific to their community.
While we need governments around the globe to band together and get to the source of the problem, every day persons like you and I can contribute $14 (10 Euros), or more if you like, to produce a unique set of events to raise funds through Save the Children in Rome, Italy to aid the migrant children of Lampedusa, Italy.
The first event, The Bittersweet Challenge, is a fun event in hopes of getting more people to understand that we are all more alike than different and invites the public to taste 100% pure chocolate in an attempt to withstand its bitterness. From trial events, participates came to realize that common reactions brought about a sense of togetherness with the persons next to them even if they did not know the person. Soon the ice was broken with laughter and excitement from the experience. This is the type of bonds that we need on an everyday and global basis.
The second event, 100%,is a three-day event that combines a chocolate festival, photo exhibition, storytelling and concerts of original NGYD music.
The final event in this series, I Am…,is an event that combines original music and stories of NGYD with the music and traditions of the Italian Pizzica.
All profits made from activities and donations will go directly to Save the Children and the migrant children of Lampedusa, Italy.
I hope you will join me in Lending 100% Pure Helping Hands.