Build It and They Shall Come — Redefining “Giving Life” in Malawi via Orant Charities [with My Korean Mother] — (PHOTOS)

WARNING: This is, and/or may be too personal for some.

Readers at ©GStreetJewels.com are worldwide, and come from all types of backgrounds.

Do NOT ever assume because you have a device, that everyone else has money, and is able to meet their own needs — please!

Poverty and homeless can strike ANYBODY!
Trials come to test many.

Libraries have computers, people borrow phones, writers receive donations, etc.
People find a way.

Remember those suffering setbacks, or struggling loses.

Other times individuals, families, loved ones — rely on charities. NO SHAME!

Over the past decade so, the number of food banks, pantries, community services, etc., in the United States alone had a sudden increase. Meanwhile, other countries are or will experience their own economic difficulties.

©GStreetJewels’ mother is Korean, and grew up there when it was a Third World country. Hard to imagine, isn’t it?

With brands such as:

  • K-Pop (i.e., BTS, Twice, BlackPink, Shinee… etc.),
  • Samsung,
  • Hyundai Motor,
  • LG Display, and more.

Her generation did/does NOT sit and dwell on the PAST!

Koreans utilise nearly anything practical or popular, and make it better. They push their children to excel, because their culture has high standards based on hard work, intellect, common sense, and rigorous discipline.

It wasn’t easy getting to where they are now, after near obliteration in WWII; dividing Korea from its entirety into two… continued war-torn countries.

©GStreetJewels’ mother remembers washing clothes on rocks in a stream of running water, rationing a bowl rice a day, more heartbreaking stories of hunger, craving food, medical horrors, sickness, and heart wrenching deaths.

Visuals do not escape the memory, and childhood questions linger with tears – even today in her late years of life.

Long story short — her advice growing up,

“Go to a Third World country, it’ll change your life.”

-©GStreetJewels’ Korean mother

Instead, (as she taught me family history) together we went visually by photos/snaps via Orant Charities, to Malawi in South Africa.

©Orant Charities logo
(Photo credit Orant Charities)

If you’ve been reading here before (or not — Welcome!), understand when approaching anyone who has a past of extreme lost, particularly in this case, via two wars – one must approach whomever – with the utmost delicacy.

Remember the importance please.
This is
professional recommendation.

Upon approach, she was in an “emotionally safe and secure environment“. Companion dogs at her feet comforting her, in an area where she loves to be — and with me.

Beginning with food triggers memories of near starvation, which carries over into life today. It never goes away.

Ready?

Here’s an account of our experience via Orant Charities serving the Malawian community.

Malawi’s staple food is Nsima.

Nsima is a thick maize porridge (made from corn) that is moulded into patties – with vegetables, beans, meat, or fish. IF available.

This woman is making Nsima, and was moving rather quickly.

Malawi YouTube ©GStreetJewels 1.jpg
(Photo credit YouTube)

When my mom saw how she was squatting (like Koreans), heard the pot had slipped a tad from the rocks, with the woman using her hands to move the hot pot back into place… while the porridge thickened, requiring faster stirring – she could barely look.

Memories? Very likely.

Malawi YouTube, Flicker, ©GStreetJewels.com.jpg
(Photo credit YouTube and flicker.com)

The same woman (above) dips her hands in the discoloured bowl of water, shapes the tasty patty neatly with her wet hand, and gently lays it in the bowl, and waits to serve it with the rest of the meal.

It is time consuming for a meal, very likely she has numerous children, and a husband who will not help her with anything. The possibility of a Malawian wife of being abused by her husband is also high.

Her words in response were concentrated and simple,

“That’s hard work.”

She has a deep appreciation for hard work, with children, nearly single handily, with a husband ‘present’. A very deep appreciation.

(Third World countries have no electricity… hence no refrigeration. So, how many times does a wife have to cook Nsima for her family per day? How much does she make to feed her family?)

My mother’s head was down, and that’s not a good sign.

“Ma, LOOK!

Orant Charities feeds them!”

Orant Harvest (Maize)
(Photo credit @OrantCharities on Twitter)

Her spirits lifted seeing all the bags of maize stacked.

Why?

That’s how she buys her food as a result – stocked. We grew up on 50 pound bags of rice, because it was hard to get.

Malawi has a population of about 17 million people, with an approximate 5 percent birth rate per woman.

Malaria strikes via mosquitos, children are most vulnerable, they can suffer chronically for several months, and die if not treated. Almost 20 percent of the population contracts the disease every single year.

11 percent of the adult population has HIV/AIDS, and there are nearly 900,000 orphans in Malawi.

My mom was shocked. Her little eyes widened.

She loves facts, because she loves math. She was deeply saddened though, because of memories… and she really loves children.

(She loves people! We both do.)

“Ma, LOOK! Orant Charities treats malaria! See how they’re lined up?”

(Yes, I am really saying this… she’s losing her hearing.)

Orant combating Malaria - April 5

(Photo credit @OrantCharities on Twitter)

“They have a birthing center too! They deliver babies there,”

©Orant Charities Heath.jpg
(Photo credit Orant Charities)

NOTE: The photo above was taken later toward the evening. Mostly women, it’s my understanding — they travel by walking. They still have to walk home. Who knows how far they walked to get there?

“Ma, LOOK! Orant Charities grows tomatoes too!”

OrantCharities.org tomatoes.jpg
(Photo credit Orant Charities)

We zoomed into the center photograph. She was amazed, and got a mini lesson on agriculture and climate. Along with the brilliant minds in Texas who founded this organisation, with those who helped organise it, and continue to build upon it.

“Ma, they didn’t even have water. But LOOKOrant Charities drilled for water, and provides them with water too.”

Suddenly, she’s more curious and paying better attention. Everything serves a purpose here.

THINK!

We loop around to the farming, with irrigation, teaching a skill, and providing food to eat. She likes it!

Onto the people!

OrantCharities.org
(Photo credit Orant Charities)

Orant Charities provides clean water to drink, and teaches hygiene, or how to keep themselves clean.

Who does that? AND in their homeland? No culture shock. Keeping their tradition alive in their OWN nation of Malawi.

She sees the dry unclean children in dirty clothes, and the bright clothes catch her eyes. We ZOOM into the middle seeing the HOPE in the child’s eyes — above.

We concluded on the domestic violence issue, and how Orant Charities, with the generosity of people — sends students to school.

They focus on young women to overcome obstacles (like my mother encountered). While putting men to work and setting an example since 2012.

My mom had this to say,

“They do a good work.”

That’s the highest compliment EVER! Plain and simple.

Everything is in her expressions, BUT to elicit such a response is GOLDEN!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Most charities don’t tell you how your money will be spent once you donate.

Orant Charities does:

  • $50 will buy malaria medicine for 25 people
  • $100 will repair a well in a village of 250 people
  • $300 pays for a year of private education

They also extend an offer to volunteer on trip to Malawi.

Interested? They have guest housing.

volunteer@orantcharities.org

©GStreetJewels does NOT follow them on twitter (@orantcharities), NOR can any questions be answered here.

Got questions? Go to:

info@orantcharities.org

©GStreetJewels is only overwhelmingly impressed by this efficient, effective, educational, healing, and life-giving organisation. Being passionate about every aspect… it’s impossible to summarise Orant Charities. There may be more!

Please remember that giving is also done by sharing awareness for the good of others.

“Life has a way of returning what you give, be a cheerful and generous giver! It will come back.”

-©GStreetJewels

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. KLD says:

    That’s amazing!! Thank you!! Will be passing this on!!!!! ❤️

    Sent from my iPhone

    Liked by 1 person

    1. You’re welcome. Thank you for your generosity in sharing!

      It means a lot!

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