When cigarette sells began to decline several years ago because people didn’t want to die of lung cancer, the tobacco industry didn’t rethink their product—they just rethought their strategy and began to work on increasing brand awareness in less educated countries. Without their redistribution of toxin we might never have had the smoking Indonesian baby.
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? -- 1 John 3:17 (NIV)
There’s a 100-some-odd anecdote that goes a little something like this:
A reporter came to John D. Rockefeller one day and told him he was the richest man in the world; the reporter then asked him how much money was enough, and Rockefeller answered, “Just a little bit more.”
The story probably isn’t true—not in that context anyway, and possibly not in any context. But it’s a fun story that shows a very American value: Enough is never enough.
What’s the #1 killer of kids globally? Aids? Not even close. Malaria? Keep looking. TB? Nope.
The # killer of kids: diarrhea. That kills more kids per year than Aids, Malaria and TB…combined! Over 1.5 million kids die each year--which is about 20% of all kids deaths each year.
When we think of kids dying of diarrhea, you may be thinking, “I didn’t know that many kids went to Taco Bell.” But I’m not talking the little bouts of the runs that comes from eating a genetically modified taco that has the flavor of Hot Cheetos. I’m talking about the kind of diarrhea that comes from parasites, worms, and fecal matter.
Why are the stats so alarmingly high? Water and soap. Many countries simply do not have clean water and soap. What’s worse is the climate is changing, and the conditions will almost definitely get worst. And if that wasn’t enough, population in countries with poor water conditions is also increasing.
If you want to help, you can start by visiting one of these websites:
Charity Water: http://www.charitywater.org/
The Water Project: http://thewaterproject.org/
Water to Thrive: https://www.watertothrive.org/
NOTE: I am not associated, nor do I endorse, any of these charities; before donating to any charity, it is always advisable to research them and make sure the money is being used responsibly. One of the largest charity watchdog groups has a database here: http://www.charitynavigator.org/