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The Time to Help Is Now
Teens -- 1611
    如果你正享受着物质充裕的城市生活,是否会相信这世界上有的人连活着都很困难?倘若遇到需要帮助的人,你会去帮助他吗?虽然我们无法帮助到每个人,但我们的一个小善举总能让某些人受益。

 

The Time to Help Is Now

伸出援手,就是现在

by Maria Zapetis

翻译:Cass

文字难度:2

 

Last year, my beliefs changed.

Until last summer, I had a very comfortable life: winter vacations skiing and summer cruises. My parents spent a lot of money on a private prep school, so they could get me into a competitive middle school, followed by the 1)uber-expensive high school. Everything was about tomorrow, next year, my graduation. We never had to worry about today.

Before last summer, I never thought much about the people in the world who live day to day every day, whose lives are controlled by poverty and hunger. Then I 2)enrolled in a two-week intensive program 3)sponsored by Heifer International1. We lived in a “4)Tribal Village,” in a hot, dry open grassland in Arkansas2. I know it was only a 5)simulation, that I could go back to my regular life, but the experience gave birth to a belief in helping others. Today.

I am a tribal member in Mozambique3. Every meal, I make the fire for my family, and feel the flames 6)lick up my 7)nostrils as I blow to keep the fuel alive. I cook 8)mush with vegetables. This is all my family is ever given.

I feed the hen and three rabbits their dinner. I 9)grow attached to the rabbits, even though I know I shouldn’t. I name them.

We are living in a house that feels like an oven, with no air conditioning like I am used to, and even though water is available, everyone is too hot and tired to move. I go to the kitchen—an area of dirt floor—to make the fire for breakfast. Again I 10)stir and eat the same unfulfilling mush. It’s a bad dream, over and over and over again. My lungs fill up with smoke, ash blocks my vision, and I can almost see through the eyes of people who really live like this every single day with no hope for change.

I’m not getting enough to eat; it’s time to decide whether or not to kill the rabbits. I feel pain but it’s a 11)privileged child’s pain, because I know I will soon be eating again. That’s not true for a lot of other children around the world.

Growing up comfortably in the U.S., I’ve never had to worry about my dinner, and even though this whole process was only a simulation, it changed my life. Now I believe in doing whatever I can to help find practical ways to defeat hunger.

So I’ve become president of Roots and Shoots4, a group working to improve local environments for people and animals. I’m also working to create a program at my high school called the “Safe Passage” trip, to help young people in the Guatemala City5dump. And I’ve got plans to do more.

If I ever feel 12)lethargic, I remember laboring in the hot sun and think of the millions who still do. Now, I try to live for today and stop worrying so much about the future. When I eat or feel full, I am grateful for this fortunate life and want to extend the same feeling to others.

I believe in offering help to those who need it. Right now.

 

去年,我的信念改变了。

去年夏天以前,我一直过着非常舒适的生活:寒假滑雪,暑假则海上航游。我父母在一所私立预科学校花了不少钱,为的是可以把我送进一所相对有竞争力的中学,然后再上学费十分昂贵的高中。所有的事情都关乎明天、明年、毕业。我们从不需要担心今天。

去年夏天以前,我从未关心过这世界上那些活一天算一天的人们,他们的生活一直被贫穷和饥饿左右着。那时,我报名参加了由“国际小母牛”组织主办的强化项目,为期两周。我们住在一个“部落小村”里,这个小村坐落于阿肯色州一片干燥且闷热的草地上。我知道这仅仅是模拟生活,我终究会回到我的日常生活中,然而这段经历让我萌生了一个信念帮助他人,从今天开始。

我是莫桑比克的一名部落成员。每顿饭我都要为家人生火煮食,而在吹气让火烧旺起来的时候,我感到火焰正燎过我的鼻孔。我用蔬菜来煮糊状物这就是我们一家人的全部食材。

我会给一只母鸡和三只兔子喂食。我还对兔子们渐渐产生了感情,虽然知道这并不应该,但我还是给它们起了名字。

我们住的房屋就像是一个烤箱,没有空调,这跟以前不一样。虽然有水,但所有人都因燥热、疲累而不想动。我来到了厨房其实就是一块泥土地区域生火做早餐。又一次地,我搅拌着并吃掉了那依旧不能填饱肚子的糊状物。那简直是一个不断重复上演的噩梦。我的肺里充满烟尘,灰烬阻挡了我的视线,我几乎看到了那些就是这么生活着的人们的双眼,日复一日,生活没有改善的希望。

我没有足够的食物,于是便到了决定是否该杀掉兔子的时刻。我感到痛苦,但是一个生活优越的孩子的痛苦,因为我知道自己很快又会有吃的了。但对于世界上很多其他的小孩来说,并非如此。

我在美国舒适地长大,从未担心过自己的粮食问题。而即使整个过程都是模拟的,它仍改变了我的生活。现在,我认为要尽可能去寻找实用的方法去帮助人们战胜饥饿。

于是,我成为了“根与芽”组织的主席。这是一个致力于改善人类和动物居住环境的组织。同时,我在学校创建了“安全通道”之旅这个项目,去帮助那些以危地马拉城垃圾场为家的年轻人。而且,我还有计划去做更多类似的事。

每当打不起精神的时候,我就会回想起在烈日下劳作的情景,会想到还有千千万万的人过着这样的生活。现在,我尝试活在当下,不再为未来感到担忧。当我有东西吃,或者吃饱了的时候,我会感激这富足的生活,并想要把这种感觉传递给其他人。

我认为我们应该要帮助那些需要帮助的人。从现在开始做起。

 

1:国际小母牛组织(Heifer International),美国的一家非盈利性慈善机构,致力于救助贫困与饥饿人群,向全球范围内的贫困家庭提供家畜、农作物,以及可持续农业教育等。

2:阿肯色州(State of Arkansas),美国南部的一个州。

3:莫桑比克共和国(Mozambique),非洲南部国家。

4:根与芽(Roots and Shoots),一个国际性的环保组织,鼓励大家以实际的行动关怀环境、社区及动物。

5危地马拉城(Guatemala City),危地马拉的首都和第一大城市。

 

 

 

 

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