Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Idol Gives Back

Millions of viewers tune in every week to watch American Idol. Tonight, was no different than any other week with the exception, that the show was raising money for charity. American Idol was raising money for the AIDS pandemic, malaria and Anti-virals for HIV. While I applaud American Idol for bringing education and money to a specific issue, I also feel like the show portrayed the people as completely helpless. I think the issue is empowerment. I believe that peoeple need financial support, but more then anything they need people to believe in them. I have seen the devestation of AIDS first hand, but I also know that money cannot fix the problem. The solution is empowering people to take charge of their life and to try to find another way of living. A simple handout will not change their lives in the long run. While I am very happy with the fact that American Idol wants to give back, I was sad to see how the people were portrayed as helpless individuals. Just an oponion. While in South Africa, I saw people who were proud of their houses, gardens and families. I saw many who were so giving and generous. I wish that American Idol would have showed some of that too, but I know that the media does not show the "good", but rather focues on the negative...

This picture is of a little boys shoe. As you can see the boy has definately outgrown them, but cannot afford a new pair. His other shoe had a hole where the big toe would be. Many childern we met either had holes in their shoes or had none at all. Blessed is what I am. I have 10 pairs of shoes in my closet. Blessed... I do not even ever where all 10 of them... Once again, I ask why me? Why am I blessed? What does it look like to help? I am in the search of jobs in South Africa specifically looking at Global/ International Social Work....

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