Message From A Board Member:
'It Seems Unfair to Me That We Can Turn a Blind Eye to These Situations When These Children Literally Cannot'
For Safa Mohamed, Turning Away from the Needy is Unacceptable
Joining MY Reading Warriors (MRW) has been one of the most informative experiences I have had. Though I am a visible and intersectional minority, working on this team as a MRW Executive Committee member for the past three years and now having become Director of MRW, I have also put into perspective my own privilege.
A few weeks ago, one of our students at MRW was very moody. He was generally very aggressive toward any board members who tried to comfort him and was interrupting Yassmin, our Program Development chair, as she led the kids through a reading. I began to get frustrated with his behavior, but it was not until the program was over that I had discovered from Stephanie Bassham, the incredible teacher who works with these kids during MY Project USA’s After-School Program, that a fire recently occurred in the neighborhood where many of MRW’s students live. One of this student’s family members lived where the fire took place and had to be evacuated.
He already has a difficult home situation with his parents, so the fact that this third grader had this much stress added to that broke my heart.
Those of us who volunteer and serve in Wedgewood and similar neighborhoods can ultimately leave. We can come in, help and go back home. What occurs there does not have to be our lives unless we choose our involvement. But these kids do not choose this. This is their reality, and they don’t get to walk away when the program is over and sleep in a queen size bed in a safe neighborhood.
It seems unfair to me that we can turn a blind eye to these situations when these children literally cannot.
I know that time is a commodity so scarce that not everyone has enough to dedicate to service. We all lead busy lives filled with their own conflicts and dramas. But I implore you to expand your story. Your life is so much bigger than what is immediately surrounding you. The world is so much bigger. These children may be outside of the scope of the daily happenings of your life, but you can choose to change that.
Ramadan is a month of deep meditation and reflection. This month, maybe you don’t have the time to donate, but please donate in any way that you can. Don’t turn a blind eye to what happens in your world. These kids can’t, and you shouldn’t.
Director of MY Reading Warriors
Member, Board of Directors, MY Project USA