H.O.W. Is the Question and H.O.W. Is the Answer
The Important Things In Life Are Not Material
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.
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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Another H.O.W. Hub Written by Made
- H.O.W. To Sponsor A Child
This hub is about how you can help a child in poverty. I started year 2013 by paying $25 to Children International and a my new sponsor child Albert. H.O.W. are you going to help someone?
H.O.W. Hubs By Some Other Hubbers
- H.O.W. Humanity One World: I Cry Real Tears
Thank you for taking the time to read my very first, and quite possibly last, poem. I hope you appreciate the sentiment and message and do not concentrate quite so much on the poetic style.
- Humanity One World: How to Help a Child
This article describes the mentoring program of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America. It is for the purpose of knowing how to help the children of our nation. Mentorship is encouraged for children.
- HOW Do We Recognize and Deal With Verbal Abuse
Verbal abuse is the most common form of abuse. Unfortunately it's not regarded as serious as other types just because there is no 'visible' signs of abuse and the abuser may act charmingly around others. However, verbal abuse can in reality be more d
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