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An (un?)avoidable choice

beggingDear readers,

today we would like to share with you a brief, but at the same time pretty meaningful and touching, story.

This is the story of Florence and Veronica, two little girls who lived with their parents in a small, but comfortable house in Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique. Their father was an electrician, whereas the mother was a thoughtful housewife; in other words they spent a pretty quiet life.

But last January, in a wet and cloudy day, the peaceful life of this family was abruptly interrupted. A frightful flood hit Maputo and several cities nearby, destroyed houses and entire villages and, most important, made Florence and Veronica orphans. Florence was 8 years old and Veronica 6; and in a moment they lost everything (and everyone).

They were forced to move to a rural village with their aunt. They had to work hard all day long carrying wood and water to the village. When they did not work enough, they were beaten.

Few years later Florence and Veronica started being hosted by the maternal grandmother. They helped her in selling vegetables in the local market. But if they did not sell enough, they could not eat at all. When they were not working at the market the children used to run along the village with other orphans, like any child should do.  Over there, there were many other orphans because of AIDS.

One day a support group donated to the children some money to pay school fees, buy uniforms and proper shoes; but the money was not enough for both of them and so Veronica, being the youngest, was stuck around selling vegetables.

As in the case of Veronica, education, learning and the opportunities to find a decent job are denied to many other children all around the world. Education is a right but, in countries affected by natural disasters or armed conflicts, this is too often a right restricted to only a few (and richer) people. 

This simple story teach us how a “normal” catastrophe such as the flood in Maputo can change many lives forever. Florence and Veronica are having two completely different experiences: Florence is now going to school and has bright perspectives while Veronica, who didn’t receive any aid, is still stuck in the poverty trap. What we can also learn from this story is that we can alleviate poverty, hunger and many of the related plagues with just a small donation, as in the case of Florence.

A bristle alone it is unuseful and can’t sweep any dust, but if we join hundreds of bristles we will have the most effective tool you can find in a house: a broom. A contribution is exactly the same. Just a small donation helps building Kito-School and bringing education to the most disaster-affected places on Earth, ensuring ALL the Florences and Veronicas with a brilliant future.

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