I've got a pretty long list.I don't have to go to bed hungry.
That's not the case for the 850 million people on our planet who are chronically hungry. Every five seconds
a child dies from hunger-related illnesses. In other words, while you read this blog entry, 20-30 of those deaths will occur.I have clean water.
More than 2.7 billion people
have inadequate or nonexistant access to proper sanitation. I spent some time in Eastern Europe this summer where I met families who live on the edge of thriving cities, but have no indoor plumbing and must walk several blocks to retrieve clean water for their homes.I have an education.
In the least-developed countries of the world, only 26% of boys and 21% of girls
are enrolled in secondary school.I am free.
The U.S. State Department
estimates that approximately 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year where they are then exploited for profit. Many work long hours as low-skilled laborers, as domestic servants, or in the sex trade. The majority of those trafficked are female; as many as half are children.
We can all do something about these and other justice issues--even if they seem overwhelming. As Bob Pierce, the founder of World Vision said, “Don’t fail to do something because you can’t do everything.”
- Learn more about an issue and how you can help. Lots of resources are available online.
- Buy a malaria net to protect kids from deadly mosquitos.
- Eat a developing-nation diet for one or more meals (e.g. a tortilla, beans, and rice) and donate what you would have spent on food to a food bank.
- Join or start a Mocha Club--by giving up two mochas a month, you can feed a child in Africa.
- Sign up for the One Campaign.
- Fund a microloan through Opportunity International or Kiva.
These are just a few ideas...the list is endless.