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A very tricky choice

Posted by Martin Keat

So, what was the most important decision you had to make when you woke up this morning?  

Was it

1.     Whether to turn up your heating as it is so cold outside?

2.     Which shoes to wear to match your outfit?

3.     Which breakfast to have at the local business breakfast meeting - full English or Continental?

4.     or was it whether to feed your children the only food you have in your house so that they could go to school satisfied and ready to learn, or to feed yourself instead?


You see if you have the food, you can then take your ARV drugs.  These drugs help you live with the HIV/AIDS disease you suffer with so that you can live longer to look after your children.  It's a tricky choice isn't it.

 

 

This is the decision that many of the people we work with in South Africa have to make on a regular basis. This is an unfair decision isn't it. A tricky choice. A difficult circumstance to find yourself in - just like this next one.


Many children in South Africa can't assess one of the millennium goals (that all children should receive a full primary education) as they can't afford the school uniform to go, or they can't get there as it is too far away, or they have no parents at home to take care of them and make sure they get to school.  


It's just not fair is it?  And it is these injustices which the AIDS and international development charity, BSTrust is working with its partners in South Africa to tackle.


BSTrust is able to show how the people of South Africa too want to better themselves, their businesses and their environments, not through hand outs, but through empowering them to change their own circumstances.  Circumstances which they find themselves in often through poverty and issues surrounding HIV/AIDS.   Highlighting the issues which hinder those in South Africa from changing their own circumstances enables our work to continue and begin to change some of these injustices.


BSTrust is working with supporter groups, individuals, schools and businesses to educate people here about the opportunities to get involved and help make a difference to others.

 

Help us to change the circumanstances of those we work with in South Africa, so that they are no longer left with the dilemma that the mother Elephant had to make on the Africa programme last night.   


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To find out more about our life changing work, check out our website www.bstrust.org and to help us for FREE, follow us on twitter @bstrust_org

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A big part of our work here at the Bishop Simeon trust is committed to assuring that children and young adults in South Africa are able to challenge and conquer those obstacles in their lives that prevent them from accessing education and assuring that they can  make the most of the potential they possess to thrive and build a positive future.