In a third world country like Malawi, there are a lot of people in need of assistance from the next person. We all walk around, happy and smiley, as if nothing is wrong when in fact, we are fighting so many battles inside. We worry about our relationships; wonder how we are going to provide for our children and how we will pay off our debts. While others simply resort to stopping people by the streets for change, others still try their best to escape their hard lives by seeking piece works and all that.
My pastor once gave an example of how happily people push their trolleys in big super markets around town and are very proud to pay huge amounts at the tills. Yet the very same people will be busy negotiating with a poor woman selling vegetables at Blantyre Market; or that poor man that cycles long distances to sell charcoal to bring the prices down. Why can’t you be kind to that person and buy the goods for what he/she thinks they are worth, the amount that he/she believes will help bring food for their family?
Compassion for others comes in all shapes and sizes. Our featured woman this week, Tadala Thembakako might be a giver of alms to street beggars, but is also showing a different way of kindness in reaching out to the needy girls in rural areas, and trying to empower them so that they should not be the ones to coming with begging bowls to others for help tomorrow. As for Linnly Mbeta on Page 6, her compassion is evident in her building houses for elderly people, as well as providing a means for youth empowerment through vocational trainings. Let us be kind; it makes a difference. n