I live in a city; Port Harcourt is known as the oil capital of Nigeria and it is a crushed over populated city. I am a country girl. My best memories of growing up are rocks, trees, streams and outdoors. I miss that here. But the important thing is that I have a full cache of memories. Not all children are as fortunate.
New York City is one of the most fashionable cities in the world. I haven’t been myself but I have watched a lot of movies. With it’s fashionable 5th Avenue and the distinguished SoHo, it is easy to think that NYC is all glam and multimillion dollar deals. But right in the same city, there are communities whose residents can barely afford the necessities of life. These are low income communities.
The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. This is the Fresh Air Fund Friendly Town Programme. The over all aim is to give a child a summer to treasure.
It is amazing that this has been going on since 1877 and I only just heard of them a few weeks ago. Quietly and with devotion, the Fresh Air Fund has been giving hope to thousands of children. Reverend Willard Parsons had the dream of giving the young children of New York’s low income communities a break from the hot crowded city to the country side. Over 100 years later, his dream has taken on a life of its own.
What is the world going to say about you 130 years from now? Does your life count for anything? These are questions I asked myself as I read about Reverend Parsons and the Fresh Air Fund. We all go through this life, but do we leave our marks behind? In the next century, no is going to care how ambitious I was or who I was in love with; what will ring will be how I affected humanity positively.
The question now is what you and I can do today. I have decided that I am going to leave my mark in the world. In the meantime, the Fresh Air Fund needs our help. There are over 200 children scheduled for Fresh Air trips this summer who still don’t have where to go. They need you to host them or find people willing to be hosts!
Here’s what you can do to help:
- Volunteer to take a chid in;
- Blog about it;
- Tell your friends;
- Recommend someone;