“Our villages have turned into one bedroom studio apartments.”
There is an African Proverbs that says, “It takes a village to raise a child”, and I believe it to be completely true. It takes all of us to raise not only our biological children, but our neighbor’s children, our children’s friends and so on and so forth. By all of us I mean parents, teachers, mentors, community leaders, and churches. Anything and anyone in a child’s community has the opportunity to make an whether it be positive or negative.
Unfortunately, with me being the age that I am and with my experiences I never got the chance to see the village working together. The only thing I have to go on are stories from grandmothers, aunts and uncles when things were different. I remember a family member once told me how their neighbor was also responsible for them. If the parent was not around the (even if they were inside of the house) the neighbor would keep a watchful eye over the child for various reasons and it worked, but somewhere along the way it stopped.
I don’t know if it’s because of the time change, experience people have had or a plethora of other things, but we really don’t do things, but we really don’t do that anymore. We don’t talk as much, trust as much and maybe we don’t care as much, but as a result we are as a whole suffering especially our children.
Where is the village?