I watched the Brick Awards last night with my husband and three of my sons. Robin had spoken so passionately about these awards, that I knew I had to watch it. I was moved. I was moved to see how these young people of the world decided to do something to make this world a better place. All of the causes that these young people started were amazing.
There was one young man that truly knocked the wind out of me. It was a simple sentence that he said that brought tears to my eyes. He said, “People die because good people do nothing.” He was right. It is a perfect sentence. His name is Kimmie Weeks, a young man from Liberia. He not only survived their civil war, he survived near death, and an assassination threat by their own president by the time he was seventeen. He sought political asylum in the United States and has dedicated his life to helping others in Africa. You can read his bibliography here.
After doing further research, I found this video of when he was working in Uganda.
I was in tears after watching this. I cannot just sit back and do nothing. These are our children, our mothers and fathers, our sisters, and our brothers going through this. Just because they live on the other side of the world, does not mean they are not one of us. Like I said, they are our children, our mothers and fathers, our sisters, and our brothers. I know that I cannot save the world all by myself. But if I can make a difference in one life, a family, or even a village I have done something.
I will not be a person that does nothing. Will You?