In the late nineteenth century the European powers of the world began imperializing Africa. This annexation, occupation, and division of African territory has since led to much strife within the continent and has caused many struggles politically. This period known as the “Scramble for Africa” has led to the many problems that Africa faces today and has been the root of several wars in Africa to assume control. After World War II many European imperialists began to give African nations autonomy. This seemed like a step forward for African nations, but without any plan to transition into self governance many African nations have faced bloody civil wars and corruption. Along with political struggles, numerous African nations face rising debt and other economic problems. Many of these political and economic issues stem from the “Scramble for Africa”. Once the European countries left Africa had very little to support itself. To explain the issues left by imperialism the three African nations of Rwanda, South Africa, and Sierra Leone will be put under the scope.
The United States is known for the “American Dream”, the material items, our breakthroughs in medicine, our employment opportunities, etc. These are just some of the things the United States has to offer, but the United States also has a downfall to all of the “good” things in life: we think our way of life is better than everyone else’s, and we often judge other countries, especially Africa, for their way of living. We often ask the questions, “What if we go to help them?” or “How can we help them?” when the real question is: “What can we learn from them”?
Africa has undergone a long history of being invaded, taken advantage of and colonized. European powers are primarily at fault for this, however they have experienced their own turmoil in this time period: war. This led Europe to create mercenary armies of African soldiers to fight for their countries, particularly in the World Wars. The rampant injustice of this system and many African lives lost was a spark for the African nation states under colonial rule. It led to the wildfire that was African independence movements, protests, and riots. It also led to the Year of Africa, where most countries were recognized as their own entities and no longer colonies. While there are many factors involved in this portion of history, the importance of
Imagine going through life without a trajectory. Not knowing what you and your people did that did make a good impact on world history, only knowing your history as it pertains to oppression and devastation. That has been the experience of most members of the African diaspora living in the West. Knowing the reasons why our communities are dysfunctional and we are in a subservient position in society goes a long way in helping bring the change that’s necessary, but we Africans have been denied our place in history. For a long time, the perception of the history of Africa and Africa today has been through the lens of Europeans and
My internship is currently at a community agency that is a part of the Community Service Board of Fairfax County, Virginia called Intensive Case Management. The Intensive Case Management program is located in Reston, Virginia. The population that this community agency serves are chronically homeless adults that have a co-occurring disorder of serious mental illness and substance abuse. This agency has seven case managers with a caseload of fifty-two clients. The purpose of this program is to find housing for clients and stabilize their co-occurring disorder so that they can function independently in the community.
Service is bringing skills to an organization to help increase the good of the organization. Taking this class and participating in habitat for humanity made me grateful for whom I am and what I have. People do not realize how much they have unless they participate in a program like habitat for humanity. When our group went to go do our service, we ended up going downtown Indianapolis. We arrived there and the people that managed this site greeted us graciously. Then we went inside the house. The house was not that big and needed a lot of work done to it. They explained the background information on the house then, we were put straight to work. First we had to pick up a ton of shingles off the ground and throw them in the dumpster. Then we had to demolish one of the walls, which I thought was the best part. Everyone working there was so grateful and thought it was their time to give back to the community. Performing a service is a great way to witness firsthand how little some people have and it feels good to give back to a great
“On the morning of September 24th, five students from Valley Regional High School set out to New Haven, Connecticut. They did this along with their teacher Mrs. Hambourg, the spearhead of the high school’s Interact club.The goal of this group of six was to help make a difference in lives of people who are less fortunate than themselves. The Interact club at Valley was established with the intent of getting student involved with the community. This great citizenship club builds character in students through offering multiple opportunities to get involved and help out other groups around the state. One such opportunity that was taken up by these particular students was Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit volunteer based group that builds houses across the nation for those in need.
When I started Volunteering at a homeless shelter 10 years ago, I was working as a medical assistant at a clinic. After I had trained for some months at the shelter. I was asked to help with the half-way house part. This had been set up for young people who wanted to get off drugs and alcohol, and change their life around. I helped set up and run a full-time program with daily classes, activities, and community
My community service project encompassed the issue of concern with housing inequality due to economic disparities. Many people in today’s society are unable to provide adequate and healthy housing for their families. According to the CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report of 2011, these disparities decreased across racial, ethnic, income, and education-level categories, indicating that the majority of the people living in such conditions were subjected to a minority1. Non-hispanic blacks, followed by Hispanics and American Indians/Alaska Natives, had the highest percentage of householders living in inadequate housing1. Because of these economic disparities and substandard living conditions, these individuals are exposed to risk
My internship is through Services of the Underserved (SUS). I intern at a family shelter located in East New York part of Brooklyn NY. Family Residence provides Resource Center and continuing Education Services. to its clients. Services of the Underserved mission statement, we drive scalable solutions to transform the lives of people with disabilities, people in poverty and people facing homelessness: solutions that contribute to righting societal imbalances. SUS mission is based on the if one of us is better we are all better. They work alongside those who seek their services based on who they are. Their vison is to envision a city where everyone has a roof over their head is healthy, productive and can enjoy the social connections that
I decided to focus my Senior Project on Arlington Street People's Assistance Network (A-SPAN). The real reason that I chose for this to be my topic was so that I could give back to the community and to people who are most needy. This non-paid internship made me
I’ve always wanted to help build a house to give to a family in need, and make them feel that feeling of a “home”. For many people home is a place to me, home is where the heart is and I want other people to get that feeling. One of the most important things to a family is a home where they will have their family traditions, a family meal, and a place to call their own. The American Dream gave families the opportunity for a better life and the root of that would be coming to America and to have a home. Many people dream of having a home to call their own and they want to help their children grow up to have a better life. One of my goals this senior year would be to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity to give those families there American
Human population in general in the whole world is an expanding issue. Overpopulation occurs if the number of people in the world exceeds the carrying capacity of the region. Education, modern contraception, economy, fertility rates, poverty, technology and environmental sustainability all are everyday issues that come in account to population. James K. Arinaitwe, young man from Uganda personally experienced the harsh life growing up living each and every day working hard labor only to feed himself and avoid getting shot and killed. According to the article written by James, America is eager to form an ally with East Africa. James’ opinion in the article is that America is funding too much money to the government and fighting the L.R.A. Africa has many other more important issues, like education for example. The country would not have so many issues with rebels and and
“Restoring Life” project is finalized. Through this project I have learned that planning ahead is always crucial to a project. I also realized that I am extremely meticulousness towards big projects. I refined and edited the project to my view of simplistic exactness; however, every thought was put into account. As a result, some of the aspects included were not necessarily significant compared to the “big picture.” The tiny details became an obsession.
Response: Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Habitat for Humanity believe that everyone deserves a