How we can help Rashid and children just like him

Solo Expenses Giving Back blogger Ron Banks wonders why we have let greed overtake our lives, and suggests a way to do something about it. It’s so small, we’ll hardly notice, yet the results can be far more than we could imagine.

Oh, stop the world; I want to get off. I think we’ve missed our way. Everything that happens these days seems to be about having more money, power and possessions, and I think it’s ugly.

Whatever happened to care and compassion? To sharing? To helping others? Those virtues are being trampled into the dust by greed and self-obsession, that’s what. Here we are agonising about trying to explore distant planets and obsessing about celebrity gossip whilst powerful individuals and corporations appear to ignore their moral responsibilities about taxation, honesty and fairness.

What brought it home to me most forcibly this week was the heart-breaking story of a three-year-old completely alone and trying to fend for himself at the roadside in a rural town. It brought a tear to my eye. Life was surely impossible for him. How could this tiny scrap of humanity have known anything other than fear and bewilderment?

Turning lives around
Fortunately, police officers plucked him from the street, and took him to somewhere he’ll be safe at once, and hopefully, in time, happy. I have every confidence that’s how it’ll turn out for him, because that’s been the experience of scores of other children whose lives have been turned around by a woman working in Africa, thousands of miles from her home town of Burton-upon-Trent.

Little Rashid now lives at the Footprints Orphanage in Kenya’s Shimba Hills. Created by Englishwoman Kerry Watson on an acre of land bought from a Kenyan farmer, Footprints provides a home and hope for children who would otherwise have neither.

The horror of a Kenyan childhood
The children it helps had lives from which, in the comfort of the UK, we would recoil in horror. Take Rebecca and Levena in our picture. Both conceived from the rape of their mentally-ill mother, they were being brought up by grandparents in their 80s – a task completely beyond the elderly couple. Today the girls live at Footprints, and have a much brighter future.

Kerry Watson deserves all the help she can get. She doesn’t need much to make a huge difference. A paltry £10 a month will pay for an education. £100 a month will pay for a teacher.

Solo Expenses and its big brother Expense on Demand have taken on board the need for Kerry to have help. That’s why Footprints Orphanage is one of the good causes it supports from revenues raised by people using its products. And that means that every time you pay to use a service that will make your life easier and save you money, a child in Africa gets a roof over its head or a meal in its stomach. What’s more, the costs to you can be as little as £2.49 a month. What’s not to love about that?

Our moral responsibility
We’re all part of a global community. We all have a moral responsibility to care for each other. The sooner we all start to realise that, the sooner I’ll want to get back onto the world.

As for Rashid, Rebecca and Levena, well, I’ve made a modest donation to Footprints to help the good work go on there, on top of my subscription to Solo Expenses. Today the children have smiles on their faces. And what’s not to love about that, either?