Chalica Day 6

I thought that combining Unitarian Universalist principles with Africa in writing this week’s posts would be difficult. It has been a head-scratching challenge for a few minutes some days but actually not hard.  Today’s is the easiest.  Principle #6:  The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.

Actually, my goal is to build world community through helping my audience better understand why African countries need a little boost in developing their own country’s destiny. To build Africa doesn’t destroy the US. As The Life You Can Save website points out, author Peter Singer wrote the book by the same name “to show that our current response to world poverty is not only insufficient but ethically indefensible.” He argues, “… we need to change our views of what is involved in living an ethical life. If we do this, we will make a huge difference in the lives of others, without diminishing the quality of our own life.”

I firmly believe that if anyone reading this were to donate just the amount spent on what they drink for one day (bottled water, beer, soft drinks, whatever) to dig the three wells for Oltorotua, the village women would soon be turning on a faucet for water, not walking four miles a day to a creek or dipping from ditches after a rain to fetch water that is impure and filled with germs. Most of us would not miss that small amount of money and it certainly would not change our lives — but what a change it would make in the lives of the men, women, and children of Oltorotua.

Last week after I spoke at Community Montessori School in VA, I left a jar (see below) in the school office to drop coins. Bonnie Redmond e-mailed that the kids are doing a great job; the jar is half-filled! How proud that those 3-5 year olds understand and want to help others! How about you?

Preview of tomorrow:  Principle #7:  Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.  A guest post by Paul Kirui, one of the top guides in Kenya (gold level), a director of Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association, photographer, and more.

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