On Talk Tuesday, we talked about the global community and the idea of clean drinking water for everyone on Earth. Let’s look at some astounding statistics in our neighborhood.
2 Million: Number of children who die each year from diseases which could have been prevented with inexpensive vaccines currently sitting on the shelves of doctor’s offices, in briefcases of drug vendors and in warehouses worldwide.
5 Million: Number of people leaving in refugee camps. Many do not have even basic shelter. What do refugees look like? >>>
11 Million: Number of children who will die before their 5th birthday. Need some perspective? This would be all of the children under 5 who live in the United Kingdom, Germany and France…all of them dying this year.
40 Million: Number of people living with HIV/AIDS
1 Billion: Number of people who do not have access to clean, potable water. What little they may have access to is contaminated or grey water.
1.08 Billion: Number of people who live on less then $1 per day. In your country, the poverty level offers how much per day?
2.6 Billion: Number of people living without basic sanitation. No indoor plumbing. No outhouse. No water fountain. No sink for dishes. No bathtub. No shower. No soap. No deodorant. How long would you last?
Think about this…
If you loaded up one hundred 747 jets full, and crashed them. Every day for a year. That would be over 16,000,000 people. It would be the equivalent:
- Hunger kills 9,125,000
- HIV/AIDS kills 2,900,000
- Pneumonia kills 2,000,000
- Diarrhea kills 1,600,000
- Malaria kills 1,000,000
Counting the Seconds
Every 3.5 seconds…someone dies of hunger.
Every 11 seconds…someone dies of AIDS.
Every 15 seconds…a child dies of a waterborne illness.
Already Holding The Keys
Every year, enough food is produced to feed everyone on the planet. Deaths from hunger are completely unnecessary, as are those from waterborne illnesses.
What do all of these have in common? Poverty.
What can I do?
Acknowledge this is our world. Everyone matters when we start talking about changing these statistics. You, Mate, Quaint, Slacker, Gossip, your family, boss, colleagues and friends…each one of you can make a difference.
Stop procrastinating. How many people died while you were reading this page? Count the seconds. Can you put off helping any longer?
Pick one. Choose an organization who is helping in an area which interests you. Whether you choose one which operates locally, nationally or globally, pick at least one.
Do something. Get involved in what your organization does.
- Raise awareness.
- Talk to others.
- Donate money.
- Volunteer. (Donate time.)
- Let your company do work for free. (Donate services or goods.)
- Donate supplies.
- Help with logistics for delivery.
- Educate. (Donate knowledge.)
- Recruit. (People, professionals, legislators, children)
- Support research.
There are billions of needs, and the help is desperately needed. Visiting a branch of any organization will give you ideas for some of the most obvious ways you can help. Ask someone what else you can do. Help.
Every Bit Helps
You do not have to bear all of the weight yourself. Join forces with millions of others who, like you, think these statistics are unconscionable. Together, you can eat the elephant.
Have you talked to your children about these global issues? Which global agencies do you support? How have you made a difference in the global community? Which organizations should be avoided for reasons of fraud? Can you make a difference?
(c) Ann Marie Dwyer 2012
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