The story of the Starfish Thrower is a favorite of mine, and I hope that regardless of your opinion on the story you’ve heard it and can appreciate the point it is trying to make. Especially for those of us who have had an opportunity to see widespread poverty, we must wonder (or at least I do) how can we help them all? Some will exclaim education, others declare democracy, some argue for aid, and the list of solutions goes on. It can be discouraging at times, and there is no “silver bullet,” so do we just give up? No. Like the starfish story, we can each do something – no matter how small or insignificant it may seem to others. If we all do a little a we can accomplish a lot.
Now, I’m not so arrogant as to think everyone in the floating village is helpless and will die without my help. As the boys in my picture show, the people here lead enjoyable lives and have been doing so long before I knew anything about Cambodia. I just can’t help but feel like I could do more for those who have so much less than even I have.
For anyone interested in some suggestions from one man about ways to change the world check out Your Mark on the World, it was a worthwhile read and it gave some great advice for those looking to make a difference.