Monday, September 29, 2008

wow. the world.

We need to take a second to look at the world around us.

In Haiti, children and families are starving because of the impact of 4 (yes, I said 4) hurricanes. Back to back to back to back hurricanes hit the Island of Haiti (which is located only 100 miles off the shores of the US). If you didn't know, Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the whole world. I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like there. Picture the impact of Hurricane Katrina and then multiply it by 4. Maybe that will give you a mental picture.

In China, thousands of babies are becoming ill because of tainted milk that has been exposed to chemical melamine. Now, in the country where everything is made, and I mean everything...... companies like Cadbury have to recall millions of dollars in products to test it for the chemical. This isn’t even the problem at hand. Children are and will continue to die every day because of this chemical.

In Egypt, 11 European tourists were taken captive on a vacation in the desert. 10 days later, some of them are now freed. But will their life ever be the same?

41 people have died recently in Vietnam (a country I just visited 2 months ago) because of massive flooding. The city infrastructures are awful, and in need of improvements and repairs. Unfortunately, when a country is poor, it's almost impossible to fix these problems.

Even in our own country (the land of the free, and the home of the brave) we are about to face economical challenges and hardship that the normal every day person may not be ready to make. Recently, Washington Mutual closed its door, and was bought out by Chase. The market plummets daily, and we see the affects of this is gas prices, food prices, etc.

The point of this is to look around you. What are you doing or what can you do to just make a little bit of a difference. I'll admit sometimes I feel like what I am doing may not benefit anyone else or better any country. Can 1 person really change anything? The answer is YES, I'm taking a stand now by just updating you all on the world around us.

If you do not have the money to donate, or the time to volunteer at least read the news, and keep yourself updated on the world around us.

Until next time.

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