This is a poem I wrote about some fundraising I am doing at the moment – I’m going to Botswana for 3 months to volunteer helping young people who have HIV/AIDS. Apologies it’s not perfect – had only a few hours to record it, but its the message that’s important. Please donate and help me reach my fundraising target! http://www.justgiving.com/keshavbx
I’m going to Botswana to help young kids with HIVand AIDs
Where this epidemics running wild, with the strength of a stampede
See, this journeys not just about me, but lending my ability
My thoughts my energy, for those that are in need
From every time that they suffer, to every time that they bleed
We all hear about the problems affecting the third world
But take a look at the facts and watch how the problems unfold.
25% are infected, even more are affected
Not just their immune system depleted
But their hopes, dreams dejected
Add to that, the stigma to which they’re subjected
The community from which they’re rejected,
Disconnected and detested, now their hopes lie in wreckage.
Could have been prevented, if they just had the chance to get tested
Their GDP is higher than India China and Brazil per individual
But their life expectancy is 55, so it’s not their wealth, but their health which is the issue
Enter us volunteers, enthusiasm and passion we breathe
can’t save their world but still, a lot we can achieve
Providing sustainable solutions and sharing skills we can teach
Till the page turns and they ooze from inside with belief.
We’re going to keep banging away till we make a break through
Until we destroy the goals set by the UN in 2002
Using theatre and health talks to educate their view
It’s about knowledge and support, so they can kick start their own ambitions
Otherwise they’ll be ravaged apart
By the devastation of this condition
So if you believe in our vision, and the ideals of our mission
Repeat after me. The time for change is always now.
We have awakened. The youth have arisen.