Where have our priorities gone? (letter to the editor)

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Where have our priorities gone? (letter to the editor)


Dear Editor:
 Today I had the bittersweet privilege to attend a funeral for a 14-year-old boy struck with cancer. I say bittersweet because it was a very sad day for many and yet we can be thankful he is out of pain.

This young man touched the hearts of many, always with a bright smile on his face. Yet how many of these folks actually know how much trouble he caused his mom? How many knew the pain, hurt she went through trying to raise him? He had been in and out of trouble with assistance from “the system” to try to straighten him out.

You might be saying, “This is no one’s problem but hers”. That could be true; however, I beg to differ. As part of a non-profit organisation aimed to bring skills to children (and adults) that can be used throughout life, I find it difficult to watch children “fall through the cracks”. Admittedly, many of my friends will say I am soft-hearted, yet no one can deny I put children second only to God. I consistently will say “Children are innocent lives that didn’t ask to be brought into this world. We need to treat them as such.” Is this what we do? Our culture seems to promote young people being “old” before their time. Lost are the days of innocence.

I cannot help but wonder if non-profits, NGOs, and other agencies received funding from all sectors – private, corporate, government – how much different could the world and the next generation be? We see donations being made for many groups, but where are the funds going? What accountability is there?

Recently, a large corporation made a donation in the area of $15,000 to sponsor an upcoming “party” event. However, a Charitable Trust approached this same group to support their efforts in providing sporting and developmental services to other government agencies. This request was denied. Government ministries are saying there are no funds available for developing youth programmes that will help provide viable means later in life. Yet, we hear investing more money in Carnival.

Where have our priorities gone? Is it that big government and large corporations are only interested in the “chicken and rum” attitude St Lucians are known so well for? Why do we make such a fuss that a young person is caught purse-snatching if we aren’t willing to invest in means to keep them out of trouble?

I am challenging the government, the corporate world, and private individuals to take notice as to what is happening in our small nation. Take note we spend more money on enticing folks to enjoy fetes, shows, and drink rum than we do on trying to build up the next generation, encourage the current generation there can be other things beneficial.

Do we really need more tragedy? Or can we start developing skills for a better society?

If you are willing to step up to help make a change, then let’s work together to create a future for our children. I am willing to have my email provided by editorial department to those interested in making a positive change.

Sincerely,
Ann Zeus

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12 COMMENTS

  1. I will be more than happy to be part of that group and support all the way. Please send me your contact infor.

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  2. Thumbs up !!!! Well said to the point and u sure did hit the nail right on the head.. This is do sad for a small country !!!!! All we have is how much crimes and killings and others quick to comment and post crap!! Lord put a hand .

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  3. I agree but those same people allow NGOs to be infiltrated by political influences, this is why people view them as all the same. They would not contribute whether in interest or in resources. we should therefore try to make this distinction as we move ahead. Civil society has lost its soldiers to politics, a fact we should recognise. Most corporate entities now donate mainly to Government, have any idea why?

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  4. About time this group posts an article worth reading! Tired of all the junk articles. Would be great for Lucians to put some much needed resources toward their youth.

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  5. Hello Ann, thank you for your sound words of encouragement. I would like to volunteer in your oganisation. I have loads of ideas to assist and would definitely like to make a contribution. Its time we work together ONE TEAM ONE VOICE. UNITED WE STAND to make a difference. I believe we can make it happen!!!
    email me [email protected]

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  6. Bravo Ann, it's time that we invest in our future. The children of today are tomorrow's future and what examples are we setting for them. Say the word and I'm down. We adults of this nation need to invest more in the kids of our nation then and only then will majority of the crime stop.

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  7. It's disgusting to see these small children whining and simulating sex on each other. This oversexualised culture needs to stop, children should not even be at these events. Too many people complaining times are hard yet they always out partying and drinking rum.

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  8. I totoally agree.our priorities aren't set right.this little boy with cancer...I was so shocked when i heard...he was always so full of life and mischievous that I wud have neva expected him to go like tht.so so sad...and his mom is one of those women that the system keeps failing over and over.having to work she isn't always there to gve the constant attention to those kids that they so badly needed.i used to be their neighbor and the kids are constantly home alone because mom has to work to feed and clothe them.i don't mean to make this family an EXAMPLE..but it just goes to show that sometimes no matter how hard a mother tries,or a father tries, or a child tries...the frustrations of the 'system' just don't provide any hope or any envisioned future.the amount of money that is spilled into jazz and carnival and all other events.there are very few charitable organisations.very few after school programmes.its sad and pathetic...rip nelroy

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  9. Very well said Ann. There are too many rum and chicken events where children who are too young partake. Young boys and girls whine like adults and that seem to be ok with all. It really pains my heart to see the way kids are raised in St. Lucia now. I hope you can make more folks take stock and invest more in the youth. Thanks for your article. Again, well said!

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