• Mavis Braga

DAY 2- 30 Day Blogging Challenge: Where you would like to be in ten years?


Zero to a hundred, nigga real quick! We come from blogging about what the name of my blog is, all the way to... So, tell us. *crosses legs and lowers reading glasses* Where would you like to be in ten years? If this was an interview, I would ask... Aren’t you going to start by asking what my name is and what I consider my strongest pursuits? If this was a second date, it’d be like going straight for the kill and asking, so how many kids would you like to have one day?

Anyway, I said I would do the challenge so on with it. Although, I really am super uncomfortable right now. I feel like we jumped from first base all the way to second, with no warning.

Where would I like to be in ten years? Jesus… This is like asking… So, tell us about yourself. I am procrastinating, aren’t I? Well, duh!

Well damn, to hell with it. I would like to be heading a non-profit organization that acts as a mediator between funders and orphanages. Only, the vision I have is that these orphanages become permanent homes. How do I explain this? You know how we have at present orphanages that act as a temporary home, till you are old enough to fly and go live your best life? Or, till someone walks in and is kind enough to adopt you? Well, yeah I hate the concept. It gives me the impression of a shop, like you can just walk in and shop for a child or have them expire till they are thrown out (old enough to go off on their own). The idea is to have care takers with a genuine love for children and fund them to take these children as their own. It’s not an adoption process, but rather creating a home for children with different backgrounds and are taken in by people with a heart for children and in essence no money to take care of them.

You might ask how is this any different to adopting children, but with a pay cheque. The heart and comfort of the child is the difference. The kids do not spend their lives feeling unwelcome and with the impression they ought to be grateful they aren’t on the streets, but rather in a home. The other kids become their siblings and the care-taker becomes the mother they never had. Does it sound like I am dreaming? Absolutely!

However, the people who dare see things differently and push boundaries are usually the people who change the world.

Why then dare dream something that sounds near impossible, due to the fact that I may never know whether the caretaker genuinely wants the children or wants an easy bail out. Well, let me tell you a summarized story.

There’s this lady, Aunty Alice. The woman who is actually the reason I decided to live out my love for charity at a young age. She has for years been feeding children in less privileged schools as a means to motivate them to come to school. This meal (she provides for free) she provides will sometimes be the only meal the child gets that day. She has done this for years and has relied on people she knows to help contribute to the food she cooks. She wakes up as early as 4am to ensure she cooks and gets everything done. She however lives with a broken heart because she wishes there’s more she could do. She is a classic example of the type of woman who I would want to work with.

So where would I want to be in ten years? Making a difference in the lives of the people I touch today. Taking it a step further and making a lasting difference. The most profound thing that was said to me during one of the charity outreaches, was;

“I wish we could help the children, because they become a product of a repetitive cycle of poverty.”

That is where my heart lies and that is what I wish to change in ten years. If I can touch and change the life of even one child, I have achieved my life’s purpose.

With a tad bit of crazy

Love Mavis


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