of the Video, “Children of the Plains by Joleen Brown”
DianeSawyer makes a trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation a placewhere proudest Americans are living in improbable conditions,nevertheless, they still have the courage to keep on moving andovercome their predicaments. For instance, there is a little girlfull of dreams of becoming an American Idol. However, she is goingthrough a life-changing reality she is a high school quarterbackwhose spirit and strength knows no bounds and most importantly amagical young girl full of hope. Sawyer and her team have donedocumentary videos on poverty-stricken children and this time roundthey are doing it from Lakota Indian in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Thevideo is all about once-mighty individuals desperately making effortsto hold on. As a result, Sawyer finds out that, regardless of thecommunity being chained in alcoholism and poverty, it is an idealplace where warriors can be made.
TheImportance of the Case Study Based on the Macro Social Work Practice
Beforeunderstanding the significance of this case study, it is vital tocomprehend the aspects of macro social work practice. Macro Socialwork is a comprehensive course. It majors on the investigation ofsocial problems, developing and implementing policies that eradicatethe social issues present in the community. More so, Socialinterventions focuses on bringing positive change at the community,national or state level.
Thiscase study is important because it seeks to change the lives ofpeople living in poverty. It presents the plights of the children inLakota Sioux and how they are struggling to make it in life despitethe many challenges facing them. For instance, there is a young girlin the video who is drawing a picture of one child who tried to hangherself at an early age of eleven. She drew an image of that kid witha broken heart on the side. Consequently, her mother is being ruinedby alcohol, and she does not have enough clothing. As if that is notenough, it is freezing in her bedroom such that she cannot sleepthere (Joleen, 2012). Despite all these challenges, she performs wellat school, and her dream is to become a schoolteacher so that she canbring change in her community by educating children living in Lakota.The show has helped to provide insights on ways through which thecommunity can be helped either by the government or well-wishers.This aspect makes it relevant in understanding Macro social workpractice which advocates for human service (Pitt-Catsouphes &Cosner, 2015). Evidently, there are various social problems facingthis community, but also efforts are being made to change thesituation.
Additionally,several parents are not present to take care of their children andprovide guidance, instead, they are hooked on alcohol and otherdrugs. Nonetheless, there are efforts from grandparents and uncleswho are trying to hold things together by looking after the childrenand making sure they go to school (Joleen, 2012). This is in linewith Macro social work which involves mobilizing community efforts toreduce social issues such as poverty level through education as wellas meeting the community needs. Through the help of grandparents anduncles, they are ensuring there is early childhood literacy which inreturn gives the child hope of changing the environment they are in.
Tosum up, the video helps in the understanding of the macro-social worksince it aids the community to identify the various challengesaffecting them and come up with interventions of bringing change inthe community. According to the video, there are numerous effortsfrom some of the individuals who are offering education to the lessfortunate children as well as the provision of food by thegovernment. Such interventions or human services plays a significantrole in understanding macro-social work with an objective of creatinga functional and healthy community in Lakota Pine Ridge.
JoleenBrown. (2012, Feb 28). Childrenof the Plains.
Pitt-Catsouphes,M., & Cosner Berzin, S. (2015). Teaching Note—IncorporatingSocial Innovation Content Into Macro Social Work Education. JournalOf Social Work Education, 51(2),407-416.