There are many things that I am passionate about in life and the work of charities is one of them. A goal that I want to achieve is to defeat or at least contribute to the ending of the evil’s that are human trafficking, extreme poverty and the negative stigma around mental health. For each of these topics there are many charities working to help eradicate these issues and my dream is to be the driving force behind them. I am going to talk about one charity relating to each topic that is close to my heart and explore why there should be a cessation to the misery each of these issues brings.
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Firstly, in the fight against Human trafficking is the charity A21 campaign. Human trafficking is defined as modern day slavery and it’s a shockingly big industry worldwide; there are about 27 million people in ******* still, in 2016! What? How is that even possible? Trafficking is the buying/selling of people for sexual exploitation, street crime, forced labour or even the harvesting of organs and human sacrifice. It’s truly disgusting and the A21 campaign is working to ‘abolish injustice in the 21st century’. A21 is an international charity that aims to prevent the evil, protect the victims, partner with governments and prosecute the traffickers. The organisation believes that through their ‘4p’ plan, they will be able to see the end of human trafficking in their lifetime and considering that at the moment only 1-2% of victims are ever rescued that would be a huge achievement. As the average victim is 12 years old, yes it’s shocking I know, they offer rehabilitation and counselling to those people who are so viciously attacked. But should they be being attacked in the first place?
Extreme poverty is a choice. If we want it gone then it can be. The problem feeds on the greed and wealth of the rich and is ignored by those who are selfish and egotistical. The hierarchy of society disallows people at the bottom of the ladder to climb up but instead pushes them down squeezes all the life out of them. If people actually want to help then they can as poverty has actually been halved in the last 50 years. Tearfund charity is working in over 50 of the world’s poorest countries to help rid the world of extreme poverty. More than 17 million people have been helped through their community development projects and 7.6 million aided after natural disasters. Whilst many are paid millions for kicking a ball around a pitch, only a few are giving their free time to provide solutions to all that money being wasted. Just in the UK alone, 1 in 5 people live below the poverty line. Let’s fight to get money shared fairly and defeat world poverty.
Although there have been recent breakthroughs in the treatment and perception of people with mental health disorders, society’s view of it is still overly negative. If you see someone who acts a bit different as they are walking down the street, or are shouting offensive words against their own will, do you judge them without even knowing it? It’s a natural response to a long-lived stereotype that seriously needs to be addressed. It is heart-warming to see that television has been showing an increasing amount of documentaries which aim to supress this stereotype and teach us how we should respond to people suffering with it. The charity Mind says that ‘they won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.’ They provide advice and support, empowering anyone experiencing a mental health problem and they campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. About 26% of people having some sort of mental illness and mind are just one of many charities trying to help these people. Why in 2016, is there still discrimination? Why in this day and age is it not in all school curriculums? Why can’t we do something about it?
Lastly, I just want to ask you to think about these issues and what YOU personally can do to help. Any typical charity will benefit from fundraising as they need money to support their work and any time you can give is extremely beneficial. What if you made actually could difference in the world? Not just by getting famous off playing a prank and putting it on YouTube but by actually saving a life or by protecting a hundred of them! How can you help, how can you be the change you want to see in the world?