Every year, 15 million children die of hunger. One of twelve people worldwide is malnourished, including 160 million children under the age of five. Roughly 790 million people in the developing world are chronically under-nourished, nearly two-thirds of whom reside in Asia and the Pacific (UN Food and Agriculture; World Resources Institute).
Of the 1.9 billion children in the developing world, 640 million, or 1 in 3, are without adequate shelter (UNICEF).
Without food, a person can survive for weeks; without water, for only a few days.
400 million children in the developing world, or 1 in every 5, have no access to safe, clean water (UNICEF). 3.575 million people die every year from a water-related disease; 98% of these deaths occur in the developing world, and 84% to children 14 and younger (WHO).
… A relaxing shower. Every morning. And maybe another one after the gym.
An average of about 85% of the richest 20% of the world’s population has access to household plumbing, compared with 25% of the poorest 20%. Millions of women and children in the developing world spend several hours every day collecting water from distant, often polluted, sources (WHO, UN Human Development Report 2006).
UNICEF reports 121 million children worldwide are without education. And 10.6 million died in 2003 before reaching the age of 5.
About 72 million school-age children in the developing world weren’t in school in 2005; 57% of them were girls. These are “optimistic” numbers based on enrollment data from the Millenium Development Goals Report for 2007.
… My bedside lamp. So I can read by its bright glow, through the night until dawn, if I choose.
1.6 people globally – a quarter of humanity – live without electricity (GlobalIssues.org).
… Sickdays. Not that I ever use them really. I almost never get sick. My longest-ever hospital stay was to get crutches for a sprained ankle after my high-school basketball game.
An estimated 40 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, with 3 million deaths in 2004. Worldwide, 15 million children are orphaned each year due to HIV/AIDS (UNICEF).
Every year, there are 350-500 million cases of malaria, with 1 million deaths. Africa is the source of 90% of malarial deaths and African children account for more than 80% of malaria victims worldwide (2007 Human Development Report, UN Development Program).
… The Internet. Seriously, where would I be without computers, smart phones and 24/7 access to the Internet. And, for my wireless router, so I can be online from any room in my house at any time, day or night.
It’s a tragedy that I’ve not put this ubiquitous access and time to better use. I’m going to start with a donation online today. Will you?
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