I have lived in several countries and in rural areas where people have few or no resources to survive let alone better their lives Most of the people I help are women and children of a variety of ages. many are disabled and disadvantaged. The systems that they live under are systemically abusive and resistant to helping, so it is a real battle ground for truth and any justice needed. I have lived for the last 5 years in a remote village and assisted many people from the first nations communities. there is so much poverty and need for medical attention and resources such as water and food etc. The way of life has been interfered with by a more oppressive society and government which is cause for more abuse and neglect.
The constant assimilation into a system that is so different from the culture of the people in the area has been troublesome for anyone trying to make any effective changes .The values are very different and illness and poverty plague the people routinely. Another problem is alcohol and drug use to escape the pain of the harsh reality that most people face. The so called service providers or agencies put in place to assist most times do more damage and then the cost for administration is very high so funds never make it to the people who really need it. The people in these jobs have little or no understanding of the people they are to help so abuse then enters that same group again . Corruption in agencies is common and now considered to be the new norm. I have been instrumental in having several investigated and there are more ongoing. I organized a social justice organization and recruited advocates over a 300 mile radius to assist with aiding a large number of people. The advocates put in long hours no pay and also do a lot of research and networking and personally meet with all who need aid or help with any concerns regarding services, goods, food and help with their situation. We help with finding legal assistance and programs for education. We hope to have more ways in the future to continue and expand the work that needs to be done. I have worked with women to aid them in getting their story out on email and digital methods and directed them to world pulse and voices of woman and other groups where their voice can be heard and they can get past the barriers they face in their lives today. I use this myself to tell my story and to help others with digital news and blogging. There is no library in some of the small villages so sharing a computer and letting women use my home office is one way I have helped and also advise that they not give out to much of their specific information. I also invited others to come and speak on these issues for the safety of those who are not familiar with the internet. There is a small library in the next village , that is a boat trip away and there are only 2 computers for use but the librarian is very good at helping with these issues once I explained the need for this type of digital help.
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