World Vision works to tackle the root causes of poverty. During a long run on a Sunday afternoon, I asked myself what exactly I was running to (or from). It's difficult to put into words. But when I run, I feel so free from everything... I feel alive. And, after finding out about World Vision, I have come to realize that I want to help others in finding that same feeling of invincibility; to be a part of something much bigger than you or I could ever grasp. I want to inspire and be inspired to make a difference by giving poor African kids an opportunity that all of us so often take for granted - clean water, health care, nutritious food, education, economic opportunities, and so on.
Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world with per capita income of $110 dollars per year. Agriculture accounts for half the country’s GDP, 90% of exports, and 80% of total employment. The agriculture sector often suffers from drought and poor cultivation practices, leaving over 5 million people in need of food assistance each year. For many years war and natural disaster have contributed to the deterioration of the quality of life.
Ethiopia’s rapid population growth presents great problems for a nation struggling to be self-sufficient in food. The population is growing by 3% each year, and approximately 45% of the population are below the ages of 18. In Ethiopia the average life expectancy is only 48 years compared to 78 years in US.
In Ethiopia there is about one physician for every 40,000 people and one nurse for every 14,000 people. Most of the diseases are preventable and curable with minimal inputs. Poor hygiene, sanitation, and the lack of clean drinking water are some of the primary causes to the major health problems. Only 30% of the rural population and 24% of the total population have access to clean and safe water. For the rural communities the only sources of water are ponds and puddles, causing them to suffer and die from such diseases as choler and dysentery.
With the cost of living continuing to rise, we can be reluctant to give the little we have to help strangers that we probably will never meet. I have been with this charity for almost a year now, and it has been the most fulfilling experience of my life. Being a part of this has helped me grow spiritually and has given me the desire to want to become more active in my community. Even the smallest amount will make a positive difference in these poor kids' lives. It's so disheartening to see kids grow up without any chance in life. If you have any questions, feel free to email me. Keith.Wagner.firstname.lastname@example.org
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