Children of the Kingdom
A few years ago I worked with a NGO called The Palm Association in The Kingdom of Bahrain. We went around the houses of a few families to document the living conditions they were enduring.
What we saw was not people with tremendous financial difficulties, but more the signs of people that lost all hope. Unfinished construction, empty refrigerators and unwashed dishes literally piled up to the roof.
Less than a kilometer from one of the houses that we went to, was the king of Bahrain’s palace. A structure of unimaginable size and wealth accumulated from its endless fossil fuels reserves.
The reasons for the poverty that the people were living in differ. One family was finding it difficult to cope with the expensive medical treatment of their disabled son. In one house, a mother of nine was forbidden to work by her husband. She was the man’s fourth wife and he was unable to support them financially.
Depression can be a motivational drain that can easily escalate into something much worse.
What struck me most was the conditions the children were growing up with. Born into their situation it didn’t seem like they knew about their discomfort.
Thanks to organisations like The Palm Association, the dreams of families like these will not remain a empty skeleton. In Bahrain, The Palm Association currently support 155 families with food, cloths and educational programs.