Re: Portalon - Natural Disasters and "Everyday Disasters"
- --- In CostaRicaLiving@yahoogroups.com, "fgtesbcnow" <kshatzer@a...>
> It seems Tex Mex and steaks garnerMany things relevant to everyday living are posted here. I even
> more messages than helping the folks on the coast.
fought the urge to post my own own plaintive bleatings on where
Spoon Size Shredded Wheat can be found. (In my case, the need is
medical, and we now have people coming to visit bring them down a
case at a time.)
In our culture, it's disasters that make the news. People out of a
home - no water, no electricity, no phone, no shelter from the
elements, no protection from serious diseases. When this is is an
abnormal situation - when people who have had those things are
deprived of those things - it is justifiably termed a terrible
The newspapers and television make it big news. Everyone reacts.
Many open their pocketbooks. Some volunteer their time. Some offer
their "stuff." Some open their homes. The rebuilding begins. Hope
for the future once again comes alive. Access to these things is
restored. Action is good.
When the condition is ordinary - when people live every single day
with no water, no electricity, no phone, no shelter from the
elements, no protection from serious diseases, it's not often even
discussed. Yet for the indigenous in this area of Costa Rica, living
up in the mountains, it's everyday life, and an "everyday disaster."
It's everyday life for most of the world's poor and very poor as
well, regardless of where they live. And when there is no access to
capital, and even building for the first time cannot occur, let
alone rebuilding, there is little cause for hope for the future.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying "don't help". I agree that action
in the face of a natural disaster is good.
I suggest that action in the face of "everyday disaster" is also
good. Do all you can, help all you can. How can you help? As one
option, see below.
Action is good.
Co-Founder, El Puente - The Bridge
The Bridge provides educational assistance, food assistance, and
microloans mainly to indigenous people in the southeastern part of
Costa Rica. Our goal is to help people help themselves to self-
See us at http://www.elpuente-thebridge.org