Day 3 of Thanksgiving Week and Thankful is where I want to say, “Thank you God, cosmos, destiny, forces of life and all for blessing me with shelter, food and comforts. Tough times are not absent in my life, but for now I still have the basic needs that 925 million people don’t have. I am healthy, sleep in a comfortable bed, have warm water, lights, internet and much more. These are all things I am grateful for and cherish every day.”
The World Hunger site states based on the FAO as its source, that 925 million people are hungry in the world, 13.1 percent, or almost 1 in 7 people are hungry. In the US 13 percent of the people live in poverty (from the breadfortheworld site). The WFP states that hunger is the number 1 health risk and that it kills more people each year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
If we look at the division of the 925 million hungry people in the world (on the World Hunger website) we find:
If we look at the stats for worldwide homelessness we find an estimate of 100 million in 2005 (reported by Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing Miloon Kothari at the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights). They say it is hard to have an exact and correct estimate of homeless people globally, but if we want to look at this figure alone we find a lot of people who do not enjoy a roof over their head, warm water, electricity and other such comforts those reading this blog most likely have (including myself).
These two worldwide issues alone should remind us of how lucky we are to sit on a couch, in a house, in front of our computers, TV, at the table, eat a meal, sleep in a bed, and many more things we habitually do.
The Thanksgiving Holiday is a day that can help us not to forget our fortune and to try to help those around us. However small our contribution is, it is surely better than none. Even if giving includes food to churches, clothes to charity organizations, aid to any non-profit whose cause you support, or even offering hospitality and a Thanksgiving meal to someone you know; any of these forms of giving will surely brighten someone’s day besides serve as a reminder to you (us).