Friday, 1 June 2007

I Have A Dream: For The Children Of The World...



Today is International Children's Day...


And I wish to dedicate a post to the most precious little jewels of our future, the little kids...

I too, have a dream...



CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION



I have a dream that in the future, there will be no more children who will have no clean water to drink...In many countries, children and adults still drink from wells, streams and water-holes, simply because they cannot afford to pay for clean water...With many still earning less then US$ 1 a day, clean water is but a dream...

In today's globalised and advanced world, 3,800 children still die every day from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene (Source: UN World Water Development Report 2, 2006)




NO MORE HUNGER



I have a dream that in the future, no more child will have to beg for food, nor die of hunger...I dream that every child will have access to enough food and nutrition that will enable them to grow, to flourish and to be of service to the world...

Did you know that 3 years ago, in Lithuania, the country's yearly revenue was only about US$ 600 million, which has to pay for infrastructure, education, civil service, defense, security, immunizations, food, agriculture and everything else a country needs? The United States spends about US$ 1 Billion a year just to subsidise their farming enterprises...Is it fair that a country like Lithuania cannot afford to even feed their children?



IMMUNISATION FOR ALL



I have a dream that in the future, there will be no child who will die from easily-vaccinated childhood diseases...Do you know that to vaccinate a child against diptheria, measles, whooping cough, polio, tuberculosis and tetanus, it only costs US$17, which is less than RM 65? We can spend RM 65 for a pair of shoes, but these people cannot pay RM 65 to keep their children alive...Does that not sadden you?



HIV/AIDS: JUST BUT HISTORY



I have a dream that in the future, there will no longer be children (and adults) who will have to live a life plagued by HIV/AIDS...We can fight this epidemic...We need to fight it...And we can all start by not fearing people who live with HIV/AIDS...

We can start by putting a stop to ignorance...

To date, AIDS has taken the lives of 4.3 million children aged under the age of 15. There are also an estimated 1.4 million children aged under 15 throughout the world with AIDS and over 13 million children aged under 14 or younger who have been orphaned due to AIDS (Source: UNICEF).



EDUCATION FOR ALL



“Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.”

~From the Baha'i Writings~


And when all those dreams have become a reality, I dream that in the future, all children will have access to education...Till today, more than 120 million children worldwide cannot afford to go to school...

The only way out of poverty and to a better life for both yourself and your future generation (Studies
show that each year of schooling increases a person’s earnings by a worldwide average of about
10 percent {Source: World Bank FAQ 2005}), is through education, and I have that dream for all the children of the world...



SPECIAL CHILDREN



And I have a dream that all special children will get their deserving place in society...I pray that these children will finally be seen as just that: Special...

Because they really are God's gift to mankind...

I believe that no matter how advanced and civilised we are, our greatness lies not in our progress or material wealth, but in how we treat, love and remember the most vulnerable members of our society...

And God gives special children to us because we need to be reminded of our human roots...

With this, I wish to pay special tribute to one very special child in my life, the late Chua Chee Keong, who passed away on the 20th of May, 3 months shy of his 3rd birthday...


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I have a dream that children will run free and throw caution to the wind...I have a dream that children will not have to fear predators like rapists, paedophiles, kidnappers, pornographic-lords, abuse...



I dream that children will get to bring out the child in them through play, observation, experiment, love and care...I dream that children will get to be children without the 'prison walls' of school from too young an age (Come on! 3-years-old and already forced to learn ABC?!?)




I have a dream that children will learn how to care for another being, like an animal...Because if you can love a scrawny, dirty, smelly, disgusting little kitten found in the drain, you can love another human being...

I dream that children will learn how to love...




Most importantly, I dream that children will learn to love one another regardless of race, religion, creed, nationality and status, because then, we will have no war, and peace and unity will finally be a reality...


25 comments:

Jo-D said...

Sob girl. What a wonderful dream for the future. You indeed have a wonderful heart and wonderful insight. I hoep for the same things too, for my chidlren and the children of the world.

nstman said...

Hey young girl, stop dreaming. We are living in a real world. Your world doesnt exist. You can afford to dream because you can afford it, but millions cannot afford it. You have everything, a good education, surrounded by a good family. You can afford to dream. Wake up girl.

Jo-D said...

oh to hell nstman, it's because of dreamers that the world becomes better because they have a vision. this world daphne dreams of and me also and many other people, will become a reality one day. not now, but one day. she said future did she not? She didn't say now or 10 years time. ths world will be real one day and you'll be crying becauae you doubted it from somewhere down there where it is hot. anyway, many people are doing little things to make the world better and daphen is one such person. so if anyone deserves to dream, she does! At least she's doing something to make the dream a reality.

Anonymous said...

Dear Daphne,

I just want to tell you that what you are dreaming for the children of the world is POSSIBLE!!
yOU have already specified the areas that need to be worked on. Now what you need is a bunch of HEROES.

SURESH

Ru-V said...

"The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance - and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning."
-Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, September 2002

nstman has no rights to tell anyone to stop dreaming! I have to agree with what jo-d says.Anyone can afford to dream! Dreamers have the ability change world into a better place not only for children but everyone.If dreamers weren't born, we wouldn't be having electricity nor cell phones today.Every big success starts from a small dream.
You're definitely on the right path,daph..
I too share your dream!
And would love to do whatever i can to help make this beautiful dream into something real.
You rock,woman!
And to anyone out there who doesn't dare to dream, you have my sympathies..

zorro said...

Futurist Joel Baker in his book "The Power of Paradign" said: Vision without ACTION is just a Dream. In our little limited ways we have to translate that vision into reality by doing our little bit....no matter how insignificant. One lighted candle wont light up the room, but everyone lighting their candle will illuminate the room. It is not impossible. Just consistent, continuous, incremental small deeds will bring our vision and dreams to fruition. Just Do It. Let's all Just Do It.

zorro said...

Sorry. Paradigm.

J.T. said...

Daphne, in reality you may not see your dream come true 100% but things are being done to help such causes. Clean water and sanitation, hunger, immunisation, HIV/AIDS, Education, Special Children. People are helping. Volunteers, missionaries, big-hearted people are there in places that need it most. They are doing every little bit they can to make a difference, even if is just one person or one small village.
I agree with jo-d, a wonderful dream, a wonderful heart and insight you have here.
Also agree with Zorro. Dare to dream, Daphne, because it is through dreams, we make some things a reality. :)

Daily Nibbler said...

The song "We are the world" by Michael Jackson is playing in my mind. Its not impossible - keep dreamin, girl. If you dream hard enuf it will turn into passion. Now, passion can move the hearts and minds of mankind. Look at the great leaders of past and present.

aLz said...

Amen. =)

Kak Teh said...

daphne, we can dream and hope and pray. Right now I pray that little Madeline is safe and will be reunited with her parents soon. It makes me sick thinking that she is frightened and scared and missing her parents.

nstman said...

Young girl, I was a dreamer like you a long time ago in a cruel world. I was an idealist like you a long time ago. Dreams, dreams .... you and your dreams (with apologies to Gone With The Wind). Keep on dreaming ... and plse inform us when you wake up.

the Razzler said...

Dear Daphne..

Dreams is the 1st step that inspires the greats to achieve the impossible!!
Dreams charts the directions for many of us to take in our life!!
Dreams DO comes true!!
Believe in your dreams, Believe in yourself .. Daphne!
For every life that you touches brings you closer to your dreams!!
You have done for Chee Keong what many of us could only WISH/HOPE that we had done the same!!
I am so proud of you .. Daphne!!

stand-up philosopher said...

All dreams are possible. All the dreams you mentioned for the children of this world, are possible. But of all the dreams that you mentioned, the one most possible to achieve is the last dream...that the kids will know how to LOVE. All will be achieved when we know how to love. Haven't we heard this a zillion times...Love conquers all! Nothing is possible if we do not know how to love...love our neighbor. Because when we love, we care. When we care, we begin to do things. When we begin to do things, we help people in need. And you're right Daphne. You have the right to dream. But dream of the easiest thing to do first and the easiest thing is what you mentioned last...dream that one day we will all know how to Love. I guarantee the world will be a better place. Lets all try it..today?

Daphne Ling said...

This is a special message to NSTman...

Thank you for your persistant negative thoughts...As much as I disagree with them, I appreciate you taking the time to voice them...twice ;)!

You know, as much as I hate to say this, the world is in such a state today because we have people who insist on stopping others from dreaming, just because they themselves dream not...

Tell me, had it not been for dreamers, what kind of world would we be in today?

Yes, I do come from a very privilege background, when compared to all these children I talked about, but no, I am not some rich, spoiled, useless kid sitting down in one corner dreaming for the impossible...

I dare to dream because I dare to see the goodness in people...

I dare to dream because I dare to believe in the human race...

I dare to dream because I dare to make a difference...

I have woken up, NSTman; it's you who haven't, and if you go on like this, you never will...

You think this dream of mine will never become a reality, than it's a sad future you are looking at...

I did not say my 'dream' will happen in the next 10, 20 or even 30 years...I did not say I will live to see it...

Just because I won't (you certainly won't, because I think even if it is starring you in the face, you'd insist on seeing the other side) doesn't mean the future won't...

The world doesn't need a few million to make a change...It starts with you...

It does...

How do you think Martin Luther King's dream became a reality? Because he didn't dare to?

It's not a perfect dream yet, but it's getting there...

And all because someone dared to dream...

I might be young and guilible NSTman, but I have carried over 200 newborn babies, fed, cuddled and kept them warm...I have seen these babies die and grieved for them...

But in those that are alive, I have held life in my arms...I have partaked in the joys of the family...

Is it wrong that in these little babies I put my hope? Are you telling me all of them will grow into vile and worthless humans?

Are you telling me all these will grow to condemn the dreams of others in their blogs?

There is a time and place for eveyrthign, and many 'bad' and 'unjust' things happen for a reason (Take the Lina Joy issue, where people are just not ready for change...yet), but that does not mean the entire world is corrupt or that things won't chnage...

Think and ponder your own words, and holler when you wake up...

Daphne Ling said...

Oh...Sorry...

Oh dear! My maths is bad...

Did I say 200?

It's actually a whole lot more...You do the math for me...

6 months, at least 6 a day...

Cheerio ;)!

J.T. said...

Dare to dream, Daphne. Dare to dream
I agree with Stand Up Philosopher .. when we all know how to love, the world will change for the better.

Daphne Ling said...

Dear Jo-D,
Yes, I do believe you when you say you dream the same for your children. Which parent won't? If we can pass anything to our children, wouldn't it be a better world, or the hopes for one?

Anonymous (Suresh),
Agreed, its possible for a better world...We don't need heroes...We need normal people like you and me, who dare to do something...After all, extraordinary things are done by ordinary people daring to do the extraordinary (I quoted that from somewhere ;))

Ru-V,
Doesn't Oprah say the nicest things? It's because of people like Oprah that the world is better...She really has my greatest and biggest *salute!*...Amazing woman who dared to dream and turn those things into action...

Daphne Ling said...

Zorro,
"One lighted candle wont light up the room, but everyone lighting their candle will illuminate the room."

That is a very beautiful line, and yes, I agree with it...But you know, someone, somewhere has to start the lighting...So, yes, we should all "just do it!"

JT,
The reason why I dare to dream is because there are thousands and millions of enlighten souls who showed me that their dream can become a reality...These souls showed that alot can be done, a lot has been done, a lot will be done, but a lot still can be done...

Daily Nibbler,
Yes! Passion is one the world's greatest driving force...And if we're passionate enough to really want something, it will happen, no?

Daphne Ling said...

Alz,
Amen to you too! And thanks for the invite =)

KakTeh,
Yes, my friends and I just (about two weeks back) had a round of prayers for her safe return, and we all hope she will be reunited wiht her family soon...

TheRazzler,
Thank you for the truly kind words, and yes, these dreams will be a reality one day...

Stand-Up Philosopher,
It's true that love conquers all...When we learn to love, we learn to look beyond the shortcomings and learn to look at the heart...It's in all of us, the ability to love...Just gotta bring it out!

Daily Nibbler said...

Passion? When one wakes up he or she will think about it. The same before he or she sleeps. He or she will think of ways and means how to achieve them and to do it. That is passion. Its also in-buildt or natural and all the better if the passion is for the betterment of society, mankind, business, family, friends or even neighbourhood. There are countless examples - Gandhi and Mother Theressa are just two of them.

But they all start with a dream and conviction.

Just my 2 cents.

Anonymous said...

Yes Daphne i agree with you totally. Meanwhile, i actually tried to convey the word "heros" meaning people with heroic spirit and mostly they are oridinary people. Cheers to you.

SURESH

Anonymous said...

Good answers Daphne! Especially to Nstman.

Yo Nstman, you need to wake up that things are possible if you dare to dream and make a difference. There is hope in this world you know.

zorro said...

Daph, be aware that in your quest, you will meet up with an army of Boo-boys and Boo-girls. They only know how to boo. They have made it their mission in life....boo or throw water into the ambers. They say misery attracts their own kind. Stay with the can-do crowd. It is much more fun.

Daphne Ling said...

JT,
Yes, I think we both dare to dream...;)

Daily Nibbler,
I always welcome your 2/3/4 cents! Yes, Gandhi and Mother Theresa are two excellent examples...I visited Gandhi's memorial with flowers a few years back and it really struck me what a simple but wonderful man he was, and to be in that presence was simply amazing...

Anon (Suresh),
Haha...It's ok...I know what you mean...

Anon 5.25 pm,
Yes, I want to believe there is hope too...And I think we're not too far off...

Zorro!
Oh dear, you are a hoot! Boo-boys and boo-girls?!?!?!
Oh my, had a good laugh over that one, although for a moment, I did wonder what on earth you were referring to!
Thanks for the laughter...