Wednesday, December 16, 2009

400,000,000 Children

Today, at the kid’s school Christmas concert, I heard that 400,000,000 children live each day without access to clean drinking water.

If would take about 14 billion dollars to remedy that situation. That’s a LOT of money. How could we ever afford that?

Each year, Canadians spend 35 billion dollars on Christmas presents. Hmm.

13 comments:

Ginx said...

Canadians? Mak... for the sake of your heart, don't look up the numbers for the US.

To think these nations have the gall to claim they are "Christian." Billions of dollars on opulent gift giving while the gift makers and their children [often one in the same] can't get clean water.

Merry Christmas!

PersonalFailure said...

Please, we in the United States spend 10 billion dollars a month to wage war in the Middle East. 6 weeks without war, and everyone in the world could have clean water.

Hugo said...

Canadians spend 35 billion dollars on Christmas presents

Wow, that's rouhgly 1,000$ per person, including kids so the average per customer must be much higher. That's crazy!

I am not saying that the numbers are wrong, I think people are crazy! I am lucky enough to make more money than the average Canadian but I can assure you that my Christmas spending are way below...

Anyway, I'll keep giving to charity I guess...

Ginx said...
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Ginx said...

PF: The ultimate irony is that we waterboard people with money AND water that could be used...

There's just not enough lobbyists representing the dehydrated. You'd think they could get Gatorade to sponsor this.

JD Curtis said...

My church is doing a retiring collection (money collected after the service as people leave) in support of this for the next couple of weeks.

Hugo said...

My church is doing a retiring collection (money collected after the service as people leave) in support of this for the next couple of weeks.

Great!

At work we did a few things too; food drive, auctions, hockey pool, etc...

Keep up the good work

Elise said...

None of us can fix everything in this world, but most of us can do something. I'm doing what I can. My church's Sunday School has raised money for clean water in developing nations, and participates in the Heifer Project. It's a small, perhaps meaningless contribution, but every time another animal is purchased, the kids feel like they've accomplished something.

Makarios said...

I thought someone might ask, "Why is your school Christmas Concert talking about clean drinking water?"

Not such luck. While my kids attend a public school, it is a school that has an overt Christian focus and spirit. Nativity scenes, teacher led prayers and even teacher / teacher Bible studies during lunch break are the norm.

So, it only makes sense that a focus on helping others, especially those less fortunate is also the norm. Pennies for Peace, Samaritan's Purse, and support for local charities is a constant focus. As one grade two kid said at the concert, "Loving others so others can know the love of God is something all of us can do."

Yes, there are three fairly vocal atheist families in our small town. They've raised quite a stink. Apparently they break out in hives or something whenever they hear the word "God."

Ah, well. Give them some cream and send em on home, I say. Despite the atheist's efforts, gobs of money and food is sent to those in need.

Ginx said...

Maybe someone Canadian can settle a dispute: is the rapper 50 Cent known as 63 Cent in Canada?

Hugo said...

Maybe someone Canadian can settle a dispute: is the rapper 50 Cent known as 63 Cent in Canada?

Huh? being a French Canadian myself (yes, I do specify because it makes a BIG difference), no, I am not aware of a raper called 63 cent, but I DO know one named 50 Cent

..I'm gonna take you the candy shop... huh huh... I'm gonna...

thk, now I have one of his stupid song stuck in my head...

;)

His Lordship The Gun-Toting Atheist said...

Hugo: j'pense que Ginx fait une joke au sujet du taux d'echange, mais on dirait pas que tu l'as compris.

Hugo said...

@His Lordship The Gun-Toting Atheist

lol, ouais t'as peut-être raison, j'avais pas pensé à ça ;)

but the change rate is always changing so who knows!