By Rita Field-Marsham
The interconnected nature of the world we live in was brought home to me recently when I stepped into a local greengrocers in the surf town of Byron Bay on the Australian Gold Coast.
Imagine my surprise when I saw, hung prominently, posters of African children under the title African l.e.a.f. (Learn, Educate, Acknowledge and Feed the children of Africa) – http://www.africanleaf.org.au/
When I googled the name, I learned that it was an organization founded by Byron Bay residents to help orphans and other vulnerable youngsters in Kenya, after a visit to Kenya during which they witnessed first-hand the life of struggle and danger experienced by the children of the Nairobi slums.
For the past five years, African leaf and its sponsors have been caring for 16 orphaned children through an arrangement with the Nairobi Rudolf Steiner School, which takes these children on as full-time boarders, providing them with an education as well as a temporary home.
African leaf also provides financial support to ‘Saints of Hope’, a children’s day care facility that allows many single mothers to have young children cared for so they can work to support their families.
The selfless work done by African leaf and countless other small dedicated groups reminds me of the comment of the famous American scholar Margaret Mead, who said: “Never doubt that a group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”