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A Better Citizen, a Better World

CHS seniors Olga Silchenko (top) and Addie McCraw work on Hands for Hope banners as part of the New Global Citizens organization efforts at CHS.

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.” A genius by the name of Albert Einstein once stated that and to this day the observation has surpassed the shackles of time itself to hold true. There are many amongst us who inflict harm upon the innocent, unjustified as the infliction may be. The New Global Citizens organization at CHS, sponsored by Mr. Nathan Hahn, seeks to challenge the statement made by the aforementioned intellectual, and to prove that our presence may make the world a little less dangerous to inhabit. However, we cannot do this alone.

Perhaps you are posing the question, “How do I contribute?” Simplicity is often the key to success, and the devil of details its deterrence. The same should be your approach to the support of the NGC, as we pride ourselves with efforts from conjoined companies and hard-working students alike. A recent activity of the NGC involved washing cars for proceeds to assist charities sponsored by this organization and others like it. However, any assistance that can be provided is greatly encouraged and appreciated, ranging from donations to participation in group events like the car wash. The following is an example of how a lack of both physical and fiscal participation can affect the suffering of those who are truly starving.

“The thought of a better change is intelligent. The action for a better change is powerful.” -Olga Silchenko, CHS senior.

For a moment, imagine yourself upon the rural plains of Sri Lanka. Pacing among thick blades of grass and clumped grains of dirt, you observe the damp mildew of the morning resting as a stain on your shoulder. You realize that due to a severe lack of funding these past few months, the quota for providing basic necessities and childhood commodities is insufficient. As a counselor of a daycare, you reflect on the closing of the day care in conjunction with the teardrops of a young girl on your shoulder. Because her father constantly works and the only meal she receives is from the daycare, she is often left hungry in the desolate shack they own. As you leave, you glance back at her slouched form hammered by heat of the looming sun and glum somberness. These situations are what the Sunshine Charity has struggled with for the past 9 years in the Sambalthivu village, due to the decimation of Sri Lanka resulting from civil war, a tsunami, and poverty.

In the past five years, we have been able to inspire countless youths to participate in the solution to global problems and improve their global awareness. The activities necessary for the support and progress of the programs responsible for easing the afflictions of the world warrants reinforcements. That is where you come into the folds of the fray. The focus should not be solely attributed to our endeavors, as a collection of human beings mean nothing without the contribution of the like-minded individuals occupying it. In the end, the important question that should be asked is, “What kind of world will you choose to live in?”

Written by: CHS senior Seth Sargent
Posted: Sep 25, 2013 by Paula White

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