A Letter To Santa
by Ernest Armah
I write you on behalf of all deprived children. Since childhood, I have known you to bring gifts to children. Till date I have admired your generosity and soft-heartedness for the destitute of the world.
On this Christmas Eve, I would like you to do something different. And what I am about to suggest to you is informed by observations and experiences around the various continents. It is okay to give gifts to these children; some have never worn decent clothing before, to some a simple balanced diet is a luxury and others have never experienced the joy of Christmas.
But most importantly Santa, aside the gifts, I believe that the greatest gift you could ever give these children is letting them know that they are gifted, and that no matter where they are coming from, the color of their skin, and their accent, they are innately wired by their Creator with all they need to blossom.
The possible ways to achieve this is through good nutrition and education.
It is estimated that nearly 870 million people in the world were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012 and a preponderance of this figure is from Africa. The late President Mandela could not have been more right in saying that, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
Give them gifts to let them know they are gifted.
Ps: Santa in this letter refers to all persons who have taken it upon themselves to show goodness to the needy, especially children from poor families as well as those with disabilities.