H.O.W. Is the Question and H.O.W. Is the Answer

The Important Things In Life Are Not Material

Important things in life are the people around you. These are my parents.
Important things in life are the people around you. These are my parents. | Source
One important thing in life is to watch three cousins eat grandmother's strawberries.
One important thing in life is to watch three cousins eat grandmother's strawberries. | Source
Another important thing in life is to watch five cousins play together.
Another important thing in life is to watch five cousins play together. | Source

To Begin With ...



H.O.W is the question.

H.O.W. do I do this?

H.O.W. can I help?


H.O.W. is the answer

to a better life and

to a better health


for all those people

who haven't heard of

the word called wealth.



H.O.W. And My Family

Billybuc's movement H.O.W. has affected many writers on HubPages. Many hubs have been written and shared to spread the word about H.O.W. Since I first read about H.O.W. – Humanity One World – I have been thinking about what I can do to make this world a better place. I have always had it in me to help other people, but I haven't done much about it.

I live in Finland that's a wealthy country now. Only 60 years ago, there's was hardly no food here. People didn't have enough clothes either. My grandparents didn't have enough food for the eight of their children, so my dad had to go to a camp in the summertime where he could eat and spend time with other children that came from families with hardly no food. My grandfather left my grandmother alone with all the children and moved to Sweden – and my grandmother had cancer that she died from at the age of 50. My dad started to work when he was 11 years old. At the age of 14 he quit school to start working full time, and two years later he moved to Sweden to get a better job and he then lived with his dad, my grandfather. During the war many parents had to send their children from Finland to Sweden, where they were put into families and, hopefully, taken care of. When some of the children returned they didn't know their own parents after all the years in another family in another country. It must have been very hard for everybody in the family.

This is what still happens in poor countries today - many families split because of war and when parts of families move to other countries to find a better life. Some live in refugee camps for years before they can move to a new country and start a new life, In the small village where I live, we have a couple of families from Burma and many of their children are born in a refugee camp in Thailand. They seem to adjust well to the Finnish society. When they first moved here, I wanted to help them, but I unfortunately I felt I didn't have the time then. I was too busy with my own children, work and studies. Or was I? Maybe I just was afraid.

H.O.W. can I help all the people who don't seem to have a future? H.O.W. can I help people who don't have food, water and clothes? What about all the orphans in Africa whose parents have died from AIDS? H.O.W. can I help them? What about the trafficking that's going on in the world today? H.O.W. can I help the victims? H.O.W. do I help the children in Asia who have to work in factories making clothes for wealthy people in Europe and USA?

The story about my family only one generation ago, has made me realize how lucky I am. I have so much to be thankful for. I have a job, and my children have food and clothes. But what about all the poor families today? Still in 2012 and 2013, people around the world are poor. My heart aches especially for all those children, who don't have things they really need. We have several organizations in Finland that collect clothes and food for poor people in Russia, Estonia and other Eastern European countries, where people still don't have all necessary things. There's a group of women here, who knit baby clothes and make packages for new born babies and send them to our neighbours in East. People do things to help, but I'm sure we could do more.


Inspiration

I have been inspired by Bill and all other wonderful people on HubPages, who are contributing to the H.O.W. movement. I wrote earlier that I had it in me to help people, and I'm pretty sure I know whrere that came from. When I was a little girl, I was in day care for many years. A woman took care of me in her home, when my parents were working. This woman was like a second mom to me. I'm sure she has affected me more than I probably know. I remember she had a sponsor child in Africa. That's something I wanted to have too. I still don't have that. Now I'm considering helping one or more children in a foreign country. It would feel wonderful to know that I can help somebody. I have been looking around on sites on the Internet to see who or what organization I could support. This same woman, who took care of me, is one of the people who does much to help poor children today, and she makes sure things are being sent away to people in need. She has always been an inspiration to me.


H.O.W. Am I Going To Help?

I donated clothes to organisations many years ago, but now I'm going to start donating more clothes, stuff and food. I want to be more involved with helping people. I have started to get rid of my own stuff too. I recently gave some children's clothes for free to someone who came here to pick them up. I have so much stuff and I don't use even half of it. I'm trying to teach my children what's important in life. It isn't all the material stuff they have that count. It's hard to explain to children today that there were no computers when I was a child and there were four channels to watch on the TV. I had my first new bike when I was 15 and my first new ice skates when I was 17. I had two pairs of pants to choose from and three sweathers. Today things are very different. My 5 and 6 year old children already own their second pair of new skis and ice skates. My son got two new bikes during his first five years. Most of my children's things haven't been used by someone else, except for some of their clothes. I'm always looking for used things, but they are hard to find even if it's easier now when you can sell and buy used stuff on-line.

We were lucky to be born in this part of the world. I can't imagine what it would feel like if I couldn't afford to put food on the table for my children. H.O.W. do these parents feel when they don't see a future for their children? We can't imagine living in a world like that. We can't, but we can help them. There is still hope. By spreading information about H.O.W. we are moving forward.


One Thing A Person Can Do In A Community

Some months ago a person in the region where I live, started a group on facebook for children in a hospital. The purpose was that people could buy teddy bears and donate them to a hospital, so every child on the hospital could have their own teddy bear. Many people were very excited about this idea and wanted to be a part of the donation. That's a simple thing you can do to make an ill child happy.

Even if I haven't made much yet to make people aware of H.O.W. I'm going to start now. I have been thinking much about what to do and you all know Bill. He is not a man you can let down by NOT taking part in this movement. We can't ignore what's going on in the world. It's easy to close the door and keep living your life and collect more material stuff that you think make you happy. You can't buy happiness, and you know health is not for sale either. I'm going to change my life to change other people's life for the better.

H.O.W. are you going to help?



H.O.W. is the question and H.O.W. is the answer.

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Comments 22 comments

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

You are a beautiful human being, Made, and you could never let me down. Thank you for writing this wonderful hub, and for making a difference in this world.

Sending hugs and love,

bill


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Touching true story about poor people and their struggle to survive. This is at present the case in Africa - people coming to South Africa with hopes and high aspirations, leaving their families behind. But in South Africa unemployment is a serious problem, leading to brutal xenophobia. But not only blacks are suffering poverty in South Africa and the rest of Africa, but also many whites, as it was the case in the beginning of the previous century before and shortly after the 2nd World War. So charity is the order of the day down here and most people are actively involved, and especially via projects launched by churches.

Really a heart-touching hub, voted up.


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

Thank you Bill. I'm glad you were the first to comment on this hub. I'm probably going to write more H.O.W. hubs. It was hard to push the "publish button" this time. I haven't written anything in such a long time. Thank you so much once again. Hugs from the other side of the big ocean! :)


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

Hi MartieCoetser, I'm sure there are big gaps between rich and poor in South Africa. My spouse visited Cape Town some years ago and he told me about the shantytowns there. I also watched a TV documentary a couple of years ago about some teens in Cape Town. Some of them had a very hard life with drugs and unemployment. I'm glad the churches are helping. Thank you so much for reading and voting. I appreciate it.


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Break of Dawn 3 years ago

Beautiful story with a very important message; H.O.W. Can I Help? You did a wonderful job with this H.O.W. hub, and I look forward to more of the same from you. You have such a beautiful heart and soul my dear Made, and it shows through in every word you write.

Kram/hugs my friend,

Sannel


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

Hi my friend Break of Dawn, that is a very nice comment from a very nice person. Thank you so much. I hope you know how much I appreciate you. Kram/hugs


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A wonderful read and it shows comapssion and a big heart.I look forward to following you in the new year.This one I vote across/up and share all around.

Eddy.


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

Eiddwen, thank you so much! I really want to be more active here on HubPages in 2013. You are a person with a big heart, too. Thank you for making me smile when I read your comment. :)


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B. Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up, Useful, Interesting, Beautiful, and Awesome. You are an inspiration.

A few years ago when I lived in another city I volunteered monthly at a food bank run by a local interfaith organization. It gave food by the multiple grocery bags full to any county resident who asked. As months went by I sat how little it takes for a family to go from being among the "haves" who donate food to being among the "have-nots" who ask for food. A sickness, a fire, getting laid off, and other changed circumstances can rather quickly make the full hungry – and the contrary is also true. So it is not us giving to them or us receiving from them; it is all us, one world, one human family.


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

B. Leekley, I appreciate that you read this hub and made an interesting comment. It's always nice to meet new people like you here. The fact that you have volonteered makes you an inspiration to me as well. You never know what could happen from one day to another. You are so right when you say we are "one human family." This world would be so much nicer if everybody would think and act like that. Thank you very much!


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Curiad 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

This is awesome Made. You have illustrated the feeling of HOW and even given great suggestion on how to implement it!

Mark


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

Curiad, thank you for stopping by. :)


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Billie Kelpin 3 years ago from Newport Beach

While millions of people loved the classic songs of John Denver, his songs of activism are the ones that are truly inspirational. "Raven's Child" is one that has the compelling lines: "the oil king sits on his arrogant throne, alone and above and apart..." apropos to today. But the one that fits this movement is one captured in this grainy rendition on you tube: "What One Man Can Do" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wie219qytT0


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

This is really a great HOW artcle Made!


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

Thank you Billie Kelpin.


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

unknown spy, I'm glad you liked it. Thanks! :)


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Made, I had no idea of the conditions of Finland. God bless your soul for making it through. If you'd like to sponsor a child in need, go into http://www.children.org. They may offer what you are looking for.


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

Hi bravewarrior, I'm really happy to be born in this country. We didn't have much when I grew up, but now most people have a job and things they need. In my municipality less than 3 % are unemployed. Thank you for the link. I'll go there to check it out right now. Happy New Year to you!


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

I am truly heartened reading how much your "Mom" made a lasting positive impression on you. I am further impressed by your actions to help those around you.

I am you are a member of the H.O.W. movement and consider myself blessed for having gotten to know a bit more about you.

The fact that you write about a previous generation is a feat in itself. Remembering what our generations before us went through and writing it down is a true testament to their endurance.


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

shiningirisheyes, I'm lucky to get to know you too. You always make positive and encouraging comments. You are a really good person. Since I started working with elderly and help them with their daily chores, I can see how grateful they are to be helped. It's an amazing feeling to know that I do something good for people every day I'm working. It's very interesting to listen to their stories from the past. Old people and children are treasures, and we should listen to them and take care of them.

Thank you so much, shiningirisheyes! I truly appreciate the wonderful human being you are.


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old albion 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Well done Made. An inspirational hub. At last Bill is being heard by so many. He is an inspiration.

Graham.


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

Graham, Bill has been an inspiration to me for a long time. Thank you for reading this hub.

Madeleine

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