I am holding on to this one statement, this one half of a sentence. In a deep, intense chapter filled with reality of what is wreaking havoc on our world, things we are aware of but choose to tune out because of the enormity of the situation and seemingly hopeless causes that are ruining an entire generation, I choose to hold on to the hope (because there is hope) only IF we are willing to take up the fight.
I asked myself at the end, “Are you willing Tiff?”
Ready to dig in?
Hunger and Thirst and Malaria, TB, and AIDS
The patties in Haiti, made with dirt, mud, oil, and sugar. This is what people are eating. Anything in an attempt to quiet down their stomachs. To fake out their bodies for a short period of time. What I have underlined is the effects of hunger not just on the body,
Hunger also affects the human spirit. Perhaps most destructive of all is the desperation felt by parents who know that there will be no food today, and likely none tomorrow, to satisfy their hungry children. This horror gnaws at the heart…
It would gnaw at mine. The thought of it seems like a lion crouching in the darkness, waiting to attack. To be faced with this nightmare of a reality, not for me but for my children, is what breaks my heart yes for the children in the ads who are clearly emaciated, but for their parents who are watching, wanting to provide and protect and simply cannot.
I am struck over and over again how the effects of these things are literally changing the next generation of this world. For the worse! What are we doing? We are watching the next generation be cut down, be impaired mentally, never having the chance to live up to their full potential and any one of these kiddos could be the one who inspires the world to do something about this, to eradicate it all! And we are letting them be impacted beyond repair (all of the below are quotes directly from the chapter).
- 350 to 400 million children are hungry, producing a whole generation of adults with compromised mental abilities.
- Women and children in developing countries invest two hundred million hours a day fetching water (usually infested with diseases that kill many). That’s equal to a full time workforce of twenty-five million people fetching water eight hours a day, seven days a week.
- One in every thirteen people become sick with malaria. The loss of productivity is debilitating.
- Each week AIDS takes more than ten times as many lives as the United States lost in the first five years of the war in Iraq.
BUT there is hope, if we are willing to take up the fight
- The world can and does produce enough food to feed all of its 6.7 inhabitants. The causes for why it’s not reality are many (climate, political corruption, etc.) but the reality is that it can happen. It will take smart people working together and major life change in many but it can happen!
- In Gbum Gbum the presence of one well increased the schools attendance from 40 to 400. The women in this community were selling shea butter for a profit (even to Bath and Body Works) and the men had improved crop yields. How? Their entire day was not spent getting water.
- Here is a resource page of other ministries dedicated to drilling wells and providing clean water throughout the world: Water Well Drilling Ministries.
- One of the most effective interventions for malaria is a $10 insecticide-treated bed nets.
- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is working to completely eradicate malaria.
- Former Uganda president, Yoweri Museveni declared war on AIDS as a threat to Uganda’s future and security. Through those efforts HIV infections decreased from 21% in 1991 to 6% in 2000.
The battle is a winnable war if we are willing to take up the fight.
Are we willing?