Wednesday, 2 February 2011

New Year Message From Morning Tears

Ridealist received the following email from our friends at Morning Tears, and with their kind permission, we are delighted to pass it on.

Dear friends,

My intention of this mail is to write a sincere message. Tonight is new years eve in China. The office is quiet… Some of the morning tears kids are away with their grandparents for some days. Outside there are some fireworks.

You receive this message because the last year you have been somehow closely involved in the work of morning tears. Myself, I am very surprised by the expansion that we are realizing and the many things that we are achieving. We really start to make a difference, not only for individual children but also on political level. Those are my thoughts on optimistic days.

But sometimes I am haunted by despair that we are losing the battle. How will we ever make politicians realize that investing in children whose parents are in prison is absolutely the right thing to do? Even from a purely cold economical point of view it is worthwhile. In Europe the cost of having somebody in prison is a bit more than 100 euro a day, a lot of money. It is known that children of prisoners are in much greater risk of going to prison themselves. Giving the kids some support would save nations a lot of money. It is also known that an imprisoned parent who can maintain quality contact with his/her children can come out earlier due to good behavior. He/she is also less likely to end up in prison again. Again, the state can save! Still not one single government is really taking the destiny of the children as an issue. Even the fact that in nearly all countries the prisons are so crowded that new ones have to be build does not really alarm our statesmen… It is widely known that many prisoners also had a parent in prison. It is a never ending cycle. It can only be stopped by giving support to the children.

It is not only about economy. It is about human dignity. The pain, confusion and discrimination that individual children have to cope with are too much for a child.

One of the children that needs relief is Huahua. I send a picture of her in attachment. Her mother is in prison, her father died. She turned 10 years old last week. We asked her to do a secret wish before she blew out the candles on her birthday cake. She allowed herself to dream for a very short instant. That explains the tears in her eyes. It is for her and for the tears off the millions of children across the globe that we all work together.

I would like to thank you for the past year of your support. Myself, I praise myself happy with the great great great volunteers we have. Also, I would like to thank the children of the generation when we first started. They have grown up now and became excellent advisors. Many people gave us political support and protection. And finally our donors: without you we cannot do anything. Thank you.

Happy new year,


Koen Sevenants

General Director Morning Tears

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