Call to Action about Homelessness

The United States of America is one the wealthiest country on earth. For this reason, people don’t think that they are facing problem like homelessness, but actually, it is one of the national issue in this country. According to an article about homelessness on Wikipedia, one out of 50 children will be homeless each year. Everybody need to know that because it is very disconcerting. We must be aware of that and attempt to cope with it, because if nothing is done, it can become an issue of public safety.

Yet there are many institutions of charity that are contributing in helping the homeless people. One of them is called Salvation Army. This institution is present in more than 100 countries and over one million member(cf. Wikipedia). This institution encourages people to volunteer and help the homeless. This is very valuable because they are providing foods and clothes to those poor people.

In fact, taking care of the homeless is in the benefit of everyone. To begin, it is about human dignity. Everybody deserve clothes, foods and shelter regardless your religion, your moral values (criminals or not, dope fiend or not, alcoholic or not), and your sexual preference. On behalf of human dignity, those people need to know that the world know their existence and want to help them. Second, uncontrolled homelessness can generate insecurity. In Haiti for example, some homeless kids grew up in the streets. Very often, some of them end up relying on their gun to earn their life. As a result they tend to kill people many times. In fact, they don’t have nothing to lose. All of that to say, it is important to take care of those people on behalf of human dignity, otherwise they fall into a “Having nothing to lose” mind which can be very dangerous and harmful.

Then, how should we take care of the homeless? By only giving them clothes, foods and shelters. Of course not, we need to do more than that. Giving them, those things is not sustainable because they will rely on that and consequently stay homeless their whole life. We need to do something sustainable. We can try to identify the causes of their homelessness and come up with a solution. For example, if they are drug or alcohol addicted, we can send them in a detoxication center. If they are mentally insane, send them to a psychotherapist. If we do this, we will tackle the problem at its core and solve it once for all.

In sum, we need a better world for everyone. Taking care of the homeless is one the action to have this peaceful world that we are dreaming. Remember that when you give something to the homeless, you give them their dignity and their self-worth. So, never hesitate to help those people, they are just not so lucky as you.

The first week of my summer semester

So far, I am having a very nice experience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. On Monday June 12th 2017, the summer session has started. I have 4 interesting courses and 4 amazing teachers. During the first week, there were a lot of activities including a visit at the University Library. Dear readers I want to share with you how I was so overwhelmed during this first week.

On Tuesday 13th, my fiancée from Haiti came to Champaign to spend 1 week with me after 6 months without seeing each other. I was excited to see her but the moment was not the perfect one because the summer session had just started. But anyway, I sat a plan not only to please her during this week but also to turn in on time my homework.

On Wednesday afternoon, I went to see some friends with her, and visit some places in the campus. I did all my homework at the end of the day.

On Thursday, I was at University Library tour with her. During this tour I have learned a lot of things. The lecturer told us how to use online the library and look for books availability online. This day was an overwhelming day because I went back home very late, and still I had to do my homework for the next day.

I also took the opportunity to go to the theater (AMC Champaign) to watch “All Eyez on me”, the biopic movie for the rapper Tupac Shakur. Since my childhood, I have been a fan of this artist and I could not miss this event. However, I was disappointed. The movie does not fairly depict Tupac. This is not only my opinion. When I look at some reviews online, the fans are very angry about this piece of art.

On Saturday, I went to Chicago with my fiancée and my Convo Partner. We went to an Haitian neighborhood and eat some Haitian food. I was happy because I missed those delicious cooking so much. Afterwards, we went to the zoo. This was my first time to see lion, leopard and other ferocious animals. I was a little bit scared but my excitation outstripped my fears. Finally, we went to the Willis Tower and took some beautiful pictures.

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On Sunday, we went to an excursion to the Lake of the Wood. I spent all the day there with some lovely friends. We had fun and  ate lunch together. I made a lot of new friends there.

This first week of class was very overwhelming, but it was exciting also, I will never forget it.