Friday, September 23, 2005

More Good Karma

He who saves a single life is considered as if he has saved an entire world. – The Talmud

Six holidaying limeys have been hanging out in U Zpěváčků for the last couple of nights. Yesterday I got into an in-depth conversation with one of them who was called Chris. Chris and his wife Deborah have recently started fostering older teenagers. In the UK, children who are in the care of the state are sent out on their own at the age of 16 unless they are still in full-time education, and most of them are not. It is expected that at the age of 16 they will be able to earn enough money to support themselves. According to Chris, 80% of them end up in prison and a lot of them go into prostitution. The UK lacks enough carers/foster parents to look after these kids. According to Chris, the UK is 10,000 carers short.

Chris and Debs had to undergo a year of training and evaluation before they could take in their first kid. Chris told me about one of their kids, a 16-year old who had been running with a gang in a town near Gatwick. I’ll call him Simon.

Chris and Debs took Simon into their home and gave him love and personal attention. They gave him pocket money with no conditions attached. Chris took Simon mountain-climbing and sailing and bonded with him in a man-to-man way. Chris also taught Simon how to work on cars and then Chris helped Simon find a job so he could start earning his own money while learning to be a proper mechanic. Simon now stands a good chance of making his way in the world and never again having to steal because he is hungry.

“It’s liquid gold turning those assholes around,” Chris told me.

I find it inspiring to meet people that are just good and kind and generous and work to make a difference in the world.


Anonymous said...

What a lovely story. And the last comment a treasure. If only the governments of the world could see this is the answer and pay good folks to mentor the disadvantaged world. A simple solution and in the long run so cost effective. Thanks for sharing

knottyboy said...

Assholes in the states should have to have a license to breed. Obviously these two know what it means to parent a child. Kudos to them.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for making me smile.

PS If you want more good Karma take up Yoga. It works for me! Namaste

BlimeyLimey said...


BlimeyLimey said...

Hi Max thankyou for your blogger.(strange word) . Your words and that of fellow Bloggers (still a strange word)were very endearing. However all that Deb and I are doing is looking out for our fellow human being, and rather that be the exception we do hope that one day we will become the norm.I will keep you informed of hopefully some more success stories.
the matter which is concerning me at the moment is that the good 'ol 53rd state of America (UK) has gone potty over legislation and and trivial form filling. For example believe it or not a teenager was asked to complete a CV for a job as an evening pot washer in a pub. What possibly could they put other than they had a fetish desire to wear yellow rubber gloves in a smoke laden atmosphere and as they had been asked on numerous times to wash dishes as a form of punishment by their mother gave them the idea that the job may well have a domminatrix twist to it!!! The potty world we live in. I would have driven a 2CV (small french car)to the pub and said my CV is in the car park. Any way less ramblings and may I take this opportunity to thank Mirrian for letting me know where I was staying in Prague!!!. ( I didn't have a clue)
Keep the world spinning the right way round