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Street Children

12/09/09

Permalink 12:02:41 pm, by Melba
Categories: Business

Street Children

I remember long ago my husband saying that I should not give money to the children on the streets that beg. I thought that was hard but he explained then that I was only teaching them a totally wrong lesson by giving them money. As a rule you have to work for what you want in life. If it’s possible to just beg and get it, then why work. Why even go to school, after all, one goes to school to get an education, to get a work, to earn money. (I think you get the picture.)

 

Daily these children are out on the streets, mainly by the traffic lights begging, usually the same ones, in the same spots, over and over. By the way we do have a “Child Protection Act”, (but that’s another story), yet no one pays any attention to these children. I remember once they were holding the little ones in Half Way Tree and charging their parents. At the time I thought that that was a brilliant move, however it was very short lived.

 

The reason I’m writing about it this morning is because I saw something on my way to work that truly upset me. There is a young man that begs at the top of Mountain View and Old Hope Road corner, across from the gas station. He has been there from as long as I can remember. He used to come out early each morning in his uniform begging. I even remember saying that I’m sure his parents don’t know what he was up to. Or if they did know then they were truly wicket parents as they were denying the child an education.

 

Well this morning that same “child” who is now a man, was there on duty begging, only this time he had a young baby in his arms. People, it was drizzling, yet there he was with the baby in his arms on the road begging. So now I’m supposed to feel sorry for the baby. My husbands words came back to haunt me. If no one had given that child money he would have had to find another way of making a living.

 

Jamaicans, we need to stop encouraging this way of life. I know it’s rough out there, but we are doing a great disservice by giving money to these children on the road. There are other ways that we can help. It might be too late for this particular boy but if we don’t put an end to it now we will soon end up with entire families begging on our streets.

 

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SISTER MARGARET MARY, WHO WORKS FOR A LOCAL HOME HEALTH AGENCY WAS OUT MAKING HER ROUNDS WHEN SHE RAN OUT OF GAS.

AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT A GAS STATION WAS JUST A BLOCK AWAY.

SHE WALKED TO THE STATION TO BORROW A CAN OF GAS TO START & THEN DRIVE TO THE STATION FOR A FILL UP.

THE ATTENDANT REGRETFULLY TOLD HER THE ONLY GAS CAN HE OWNED HAD BEEN LOANED OUT BUT IF SHE WOULD WAIT, IT WAS SURE TO BE BACK SHORTLY.

SINCE THE NUN ! WAS ON THE WAY TO SEE A PATIENT SHE DECIDED NOT TO WAIT & SHE WALKED BACK TO THE CAR. AFTER LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO FILL WITH GAS, SHE SPOTTED A BEDPAN SHE WAS TAKING TO THE PATIENT.

ALWAYS RESOURCEFUL, SHE CARRIED IT TO THE STATION & FILLED IT WITH GASOLINE, & CARRIED IT TO HER CAR.

AS SHE WAS POURING THE GAS INTO THE TANK, TWO MEN WERE WATCHING FROM ACROSS THE STREET. ONE OF THEM TURNED TO THE OTHER & SAID, "IF IT STARTS, I'M TURNING CATHOLIC".

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