What Can I Do?

“I do not know what your destiny will ever be, but this I do know … You will always have happiness if you seek and find: how to serve.”
– Dr. Albert Schweitzer, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952

When learning about big global issues like poverty, children’s rights or food security, it’s easy to lull ourselves into a sense of complacency thinking that experts and NGOs are taking care of the problems.

And while it’s true that there are countless individuals, groups and organizations all over the world working hard to address key global issues, it’s important to realize they need our help.

Even a little bit of passion for a cause — fired by compassion for our fellow human beings — can go a long way toward making the world a better place.

Why not lead by example? The CitizenKid book Mimi’s Village: And How Basic Health Care Transformed It suggests some great ways you, your family, your class or school can put money to work to help those less fortunate lead healthier lives.

• $8 provides 100 packets of special powder that, when mixed with water, can save a child from deadly dehydration.

• $18 buys three bed nets for a family to prevent malaria. See www.netsforlifeafrica.org or World Vision’s www.endmalaria.org

• $25 gets the word out to African families about malaria prevention. See www.malarianomore.org

• $50 pays to ship $550 worth of donated medicines to health clinics overseas. See the gift catalog at www.worldvision.org

• $70 buys high-protein food to treat malnourished children. See the gift catalog at www.savethechildren.org

• $100 pays for a share of a well supplying clean water. See www.ryanswell.ca

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