Five Days In Bangladesh
No favourite TV Show. No crisps to buy from your favourite store. No Swiss chocolate or pizza party. For that matter, no house, no money, no foodâ€”this is what many children in Bangladesh have to live with… or without.
Poverty is so striking, so darn… damned… it’s the only thing children have. Some leave their houses because their parents beat them up, only to wind up in a train station where they will be abused.
Another kid has to work in a brick field for 6 hours a day 7 days a week and then work at home as well, taking care of the cow becuse his father, bless him, doesn’t earn enough money and certainly it is not because he doesn’t work enough. The kid also gets an “amazing” 2 hours of study per day, but he is determined: He will get a strong education and he will teach other kids when he’s grown up.
If this didn’t strike Lucy Lawless enough, you should see her when she meets Bina’s family, one of many in Bangladesh and unfortunately not the only one in those extreme poor and unhealthy conditions.
Lucy Lawless is New Zealand’s Actress also known for the TV Show Xena:Warrior Princess. This time she is a different hero, a much truer one, a humbled, shocked and deeply touched woman, surrounded by a poverty that she only heard about until then. But this is no play act, this is reality and the real Lucy Lawless.
Since 1995 she has been sponsoring Even, a kid in Bangladesh who is has turned 15 this year and has now a proper house, a good life and is about to start University. Lucy’s trip to Bangladesh was not only aimed to see Even, but also how the kids who are not supported by World Vision’s sponsorship programme cope with “living”. Saying it was an eye-opening travel is an understatement.
Nothing I say can properly describe Lucy Lawless’ experience, or life in Bangladesh. See for yourself in the 5-parts video on Ausxip.com.
[tags]children, childhood, poverty, sponsorship, world vision, politics, economics, human rights[/tags]
February 6, 2006