Millions of children around the world live in poverty.
In recent years, the Middle East has seen its share of “breaking news” from the fall of Saddam to the destruction of lives in Afghanistan due to the actions of a few groups that fight in the name of religion.
Unfortunately all of this has hurt the most vulnerable in any society – children.
A study by the University of Arizona in 2004, indicated that 14-15 per cent of US edible food is untouched or unopened, amounting to $43 billion worth of discarded, but edible, food (“US wastes half its food”).
Another survey, by the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, found that 93 percent of respondents acknowledged buying foods they never used (From Farm to Fridge to Garbage Can).
That is a lot of waste.
I’ve got to admit, that as a family we tend to waste and buy more than is necessary. Just think of how much you would save if you only bought what you really needed for that week or only cooked what you needed for a few days?
There is an excellent post on the David Suzuki Foundation website that talks to these figures for Canadians. One of the items suggest that we throw away about $600.00 worth of food per year!
As a family we support several worthwhile organizations, locally and internationally. One organization that we were introduced to several years ago is Child Aid International. CAI is a NGO registered in Iraq that helps feed children.
From their website:
Child Aid International is a registered NGO in Iraq (NGO #2K70812)
Child Aid International is a not-for-profit organization that respects and champions the rights of all orphan children – regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or faith.
The war in Iraq has devastated thousands of lives – families have been destroyed, homes have been lost, and countless children have been orphaned. There is a serious orphan crisis in the country without thousands of recently orphaned children in dire need of aid.
Founded in 2004, Child Aid International seeks to help rebuild the lives of these orphan children.
The organization has developed its Orphan Child Sponsorship Program through which it provides donors with the opportunity to help transform the life of an orphan child in Iraq. Sponsorship covers the healthcare, food, clothing and education cost for a child. Child Aid International currently sponsors over 400 orphan children in Iraq.
Child Aid International is a registered NGO in Iraq, and a not-for-profit society registered in the province of British Columbia, Canada.
Whether you support CAI or any of the other organizations that help bring food to families or children, as individuals living in a land of plenty we should take a few moments to appreciate what we have and donate what we can (a little, when combined with many other small donations becomes a lot which goes a long way) to help improve the lives of others.
You don’t need millions or billions to be a philanthropist – every dollar you give in causes you believe in and support is all you need.