African Woman to Rich Busybody Named Melinda Gates

Stop trying to get me to kill my children and start helping me create a life for them.

Why is the message of the rich first world to the poor third world never, “Let me help you” and always, “Just enough of me, way too much of you”?

Here is what Africans need, if you actually ask an African and not simply a rich busybody trying to control the breeding swarms of untermenschen:

We need:

- Good healthcare systems (especially prenatal, neonatal and pediatric care).
Needless to say that postpartum and neonatal deaths are alarmingly high in many Sub-Saharan African countries. This is due to the paucity of specialized medical personnel, equipment and systems. Women are not dying because they are having “too many” babies but because they are not getting even the most basic postpartum care. A childbirth or labor complication can very easily be fatal, for both mother and baby. To alleviate this problem new, well-equipped and well-staffed birthing centers with neonatal units need to be built in easily accessible parts of the poorest communities. And if Melinda Gates really insists on reducing population, she can have highly trained Natural Family Planning (NFP) instructors strategically placed in these women’s healthcare facilities. At least then there would be a natural and holistic approach.

- Food programs for young children.
This would serve a two-fold purpose if it is incorporated into free or highly subsidized nursery school programs. It would nourish and strengthen the growth of these children, who are so, so vulnerable to malnutrition, and it would also serve to encourage parents to bring their youngsters, ages 3 or 4, to nursery school. In so many parts of Africa, children miss out on nursery school education because it is expensive and considered a luxury reserved for the rich and middle class. As a result, the children miss the first few crucial years when basic math and reading are easily learned. By the time they are considered “ready” for school, at age 7 or 8, they struggle academically. Many of them never quite catch up and so drop out after six or seven years. This is when a lot of young girls are married off as mid- to late-teenage wives who unfortunately would become the perfect recipient of the Melinda Gates comprehensive contraceptive care!

- Good higher education opportunities
Not just new school buildings or books, but carefully laid out educational programs that work – scholarships, internships at higher levels, etc. – are needed. Despite the problems and obstacles to primary and secondary education, a significant number of young girls make it into universities, polytechnics or colleges. The problem however is that, most of the schools and resources are substandard and outdated. As such, the quality of higher education is low and cannot compare to that of more privileged countries. Even though the teachers put in their very best and the students work hard, the system is inadequate and will always produce disadvantaged graduates who are not confident enough to stand with their counterparts who have studied in other parts of the world.

- Chastity programs
Such programs in secondary schools, universities and churches would create a solid support system to form, inform and reassure our young girls and women that real love is that which is healthy and holy. Many African girls are no longer sure about moral sexual ethics thanks to the widespread influence of Western media, movies and magazines. More support should be given to programs that encourage abstinence before marriage and fidelity in marriage. This approach would go a long way to combating the spread of HIV and other STDs through the continent. And it would certainly lead to happier marriages!

- Support for micro-business opportunities for women
The average African women is incredibly happy, hard-working and resilient. Any support both economic and through training would most probably be used well and wisely.

- Fortify already established NGOs that are aimed at protecting women from sex-trafficking, prostitution, forced marriage, child labor, domestic violence, sex crimes, etc.
Many of these NGOs do not have much success because they are not well-funded. Though most of them have good intentions, they lack professional input from those such as psychologists, logisticians or medical personnel needed to tackle various problems.

$4.6 billion dollars can indeed be your legacy to Africa and other poor parts of the world. But let it be a legacy that leads life, love and laughter into the world in need.

If you want to help out and don’t know where to start, The Work of Mercy is chockablock full of ideas. And here’s the retirement plan:

Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35* for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? 38 And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? 39 And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’ 40* And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’

  • http://heirsinhope.blogspot.com Alessandre

    excellent. thank you. people w/ less than MG can participate in giving what poor African women actually need.

  • http://www.SaintLouisAcupuncture.com Dr. Eric

    Thanks for posting this.

  • Edward A. Hara

    It is the height of odiousness to have to vote for one evil so that a far worse evil does not get into office. (Or in this case, STAY in office). Obama has already shown that he has the utmost distaste for the Christian religion, our right to the practice of said religion, and for the lives of the unborn. On that premise alone we must get this demon possessed maniac out of the White House and try something different, even if that something is not to our liking.

    The fact of the matter is that neither the Right or the Left are really interested in the Christian faith other than as a source for our votes — the Left appealing to “liberal” Christians to vote them in so that they may maintain the status quo on abortion and the Right appealing to “conservative” Christians to do the same so that they may overturn Roe v. Wade. Our problem, as those who vehemently oppose abortion, is that the Right never come through with their promises, unlike the Left, who have worked tirelessly to enact a United States of Socialism here in America in memory of dear old Mother Russia. Short line: we are being played for suckers, as you said in a more recent post, Mark.

    It is long past time that we start a Catholic Party dedicated to running this country on the moral precepts our Our Master. The sad part is that with 70 million Catholics in this country, we don’t have enough of them who actually understand what that teaching is. They either think that Jesus condones abortion and gay marriage and therefore they enthusiastically endorse the Left, or they are part of the Rubber Hose Republicans (I really like that turn of words!!) and feel that the answer to everything is to bomb the hell out of it while holding their feet on the necks of the poor. Both positions are abhorent!!!

    Bottom line: as orthodox practicing Catholics in this country, I feel we are about to experience what centuries of our European and Asain brethren have experienced. My advice: pray for the grace of enduring persecution and for a good martyrdom.

  • bob

    It’s not clear to me how helping people access contraception is trying to control their breeding. Used correctly, contraception allows the user to control his or her own breeding, which is its purpose.
    Efforts to prevent people from accessing contraception can more fairly be described as efforts to control their breeding.

    • Jay

      Your analysis is very oversimplified. Contraception leads to more irresponsible sex which leads to more unintended births because contraception has a significant failure rate. And “Efforts to prevent people from accessing contraception can more fairly be described as efforts to control their breeding” is ridiculous, unless you’ve somehow replaced “not providing access to contraception” with “forcing people to have sex with each other” in your head.

    • Mark Shea

      How wealthy, white and Orwellian of you. Help people raise their families, that’s “controlling their breeding” (note the animal husbandry language directed at the Dark Continent). Urge ways to limit and kill their children, you are a champion of freedom. Above all, don’t actually listen to what the African is saying. Those simple primitives have no idea what’s best for them. Rich first worlders do.

      • Jay

        It never ceases to amaze me that many abortion supporters are basically open eugenicists. Even someone I know who is otherwise a good friend basically supports abortion on the notion that “it’s mostly people in the ‘hood whose children will grow up to be criminals who get abortions anyway” (and if you wonder whether maintaining a friendship with someone who holds such a monstrous opinion is a source of moral quandary, the answer is yes).


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