We have to struggle to meet the basic needs every day in our lives. If only we work from dawn to sunset, it’s barely enough for food.Though we struggle to earn a living, job opportunities are very limited in our areas and the money we earn is too little to cover family’s basic needs. Sometimes, we don’t have enough food for everyone in the family. We have to keep working without having proper, nutritious meals which leads to malnutrition.
I would like to ask the leaders to eradicate the hunger and poverty from the world so that the children and families do not suffer. Please create job opportunities for the people, especially youths, living in remote areas. I believe that our lives become better if the leaders get interest in the issues that we are facing and support us.
Another big issue in our community is a great scarcity of water. Addition to hunger, as we do not have enough drinking water, we suffer the tremendous heat in summer. Hunger and water shortages pose a major threat to the survivals of children in our community. Tragic things happen in front of our eyes, but we can’t do much. It is very sad.
For the students like me, we have to walk over an hour to get to school every day. Sometimes, we don’t have time to go to school as we have to help parents to get enough money for buying food for the whole family. Most of my friends, they leave school and work as house maids in the city so that they can support their families financially. There’s a saying in Myanmar, “harrowing only after the rainy season:” it’s in vain if you plough the fields after the rain. Likewise, we don’t stop the hunger and poverty right now, the generations after generations never escape from this vicious cycle.
I want the leaders to see how people are living in the poverty and to help us improving our lives. With your support and help, I believe that the lives of people living in remote and poor villages can be improved.
One has to fight for his own survival, but for millions of hungry children in our world, everyone must contribute. I believe that we can eradicate the hunger from our world if every single one works together with sympathy and empathy. I would like to ask the leaders to help us not only in eradicating hunger and poverty from this world, but also in improving our living standards and developing our villages. I’m writing this letter and waiting with the hope of all the leaders of the world will make better world for all the children.
Photo: Saw Htay Plain drafts his letter. © 2012 World Vision/ photo by Htet Htet Oo