Victoria, Belgium

victoria-van-grotenhuis

Dear world,

How would it be to live in a world where homeless people don’t have to seek for food any longer?

How would it be if every child around the world were able to pursue his own dreams of education?

How would it be if peace were as normal as breathing?

I believe in peace and a better world. It is only a matter of time and understanding until we truly see the beauty of it.

I’m Victoria, an economics student who believes money can’t buy everything, definitely not peace. As a 20-year-old European woman I’ve been confronted with people who never had to fight in their lives to get accommodation, food or even clean water. This problem struck me when one day a black homeless man around 24 years old came up to me. I was peacefully jogging and totally unaware until he stood in front of me. He didn’t ask for money. Water and food were his only request. It is as simple as that. We sometimes forget about those who didn’t have the luck to grow up in this carefree life.

Poverty is one of the biggest causes of war and conflicts in the world. Do not forget that children are the biggest victims of it. Of course their mothers are impacted too. The biggest challenge of all is to not give up and help one another through this search for peace. If we work together we will surely make this world better than it already is.

We are still young. We have a lot to learn and we carry our pocket full of dreams with us. We can make a difference with little steps. Together, all the steps we take make beautiful stairs to climb to this top called peace.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama

Thank you very much,

Victoria van Grotenhuis

Age 20, Belgium

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