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HMS Students Reflect on Be the Change Day

Each year, Hampton Middle School students participate in the "Be the Change" event, where they learn about the many struggles facing others. Among the issues they explore firsthand include poverty, disease, hunger, homelessness and a lack of access to clean drinking water. Additionally, students write editorials addressing several of these world issues. Each year, a selection of these editorials are then chosen for publication by peers and teaching. The following were the editorials selected for this year. 

Water: A Matter of Life or Death
By Aja Lynn

Imagine that after a long day of straining work, you are parched with thirst. However, the limited water you have access to is contaminated with bacteria and infectious diseases. At least 2 million people around the globe are living with this horrific reality.

Do you ever stop and wonder what would happen if the water in your community stopped running? Where would you get your water? Would there be enough for everybody? These are questions victims enduring water scarcity in developing countries are faced with on a daily basis. Young children are deprived of an education because they spend their entire day collecting water that is infested with worms that induce life threatening diseases; These water-related illnesses alone are the leading cause of child mortality. Try to remember this global water crisis next time you turn on the faucet.

Millions fall victim to poor water conditions worldwide. According to statistics, 10 percent of the world is believed to be consuming food irrigated by wastewater which contaminates their food supply. Can you believe that 843,000 people die every year from water-related diseases? This shows that something as simple as the water that is used to water crops kills thousands. Even though water is essential to life, it also claims thousands of innocent lives.

Although the water crisis is massive, it is completely solvable. There are multiple organizations and projects that need your support to tackle poor water conditions in developing countries. The Water Project works to provide access to clean water by digging wells and rain catchment systems in regions of Africa. Also, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has started projects in Nepal that create more efficient irrigation systems. Even the smallest of donations can improve the the life of a suffering child in Africa.



Deadly Mosquitoes
By Claire Rodgers


Nine year old Carlos slowly climbs under his protective bed net, but instead of falling

asleep, he prays that his little sister will be able to fight her toxic case of malaria. Unfortunately, thousands of individuals around the world fear how malaria will affect their villages, friends, and family.

Here in the United States, when people get sick, they have access to medications that

will most likely cure them. However, in some countries, treatment for fatal illnesses such as malaria is hard to get. Half of the world’s population is at risk for contracting this deadly disease. Malaria is a plasmodium spread by infected female mosquitoes. It can also be spread by using dirty needles and unscreened blood. However, taking measures to prevent the disease is the best thing to do. Sadly, once a person is diagnosed with malaria, the chances of surviving are slim due to lack of treatment.

Many people understand that malaria is harmful, but they are oblivious to how deadly the

virus actually is. Every thirty seconds, malaria kills one innocent child in the world. In fact, in 2012, 207 million clinical cases of malaria were recorded worldwide; approximately 627 thousand cases were fatal. Although malaria is global, 90% of malaria related deaths occur in Africa. Most of these deaths occur because people have little to no medical care.

However, the crisis of malaria can be defeated. The World Health Organization’s

Malaria Programme (GMP) gives global efforts to control and eliminate malaria. GMP has already collected 2.7 billion dollars, and your small donation can make a big difference. The donations are used to purchase insecticide-treated nets, medicines, and other life saving tools. Carlos’ sister just died, and without your help, another child could die in a few seconds. You can rescue the next victim!



Who’s Working?
By Audrey Bianco


Three year old Chino wakes up every morning and travels to work, knowing that he will never get an education. He will not be paid for his work either, but he doesn’t have a choice. This is the life of a child laborer, and 250 million children undergo this fate.

Child labor is a serious issue; however, many people are oblivious to it. Child labor is the use of children to do jobs against their will. They are either forced to , or their parents make them . It is most commonly found in Africa or Western Asia. Children are forced to do this hazardous work if their families don’t have enough money or if they live in poverty. It affects the child’s health mentally and physically. Child labor is a cruel practice that far too many children must endure.

Child labor is practiced all around the world, and children ages 3-18 are the victims. Almost 250 million children are engaged in child labor. Half of that 250 million are performing hazardous jobs that are awful for their physical state. The children who do these jobs might not even be being paid! In fact, only one in five children are paid for their work. The facts about child labor are astonishing; it needs to be put to a stop.

Although child labor may seem like an unsolvable dilemma, there are still things that you can do to help. You could donate to charities like ILO or IPEC that help to make child labor a smaller problem. You can also look into some of the companies you buy from and see if they practice child labor. If they do, try to find an alternative. Little three year olds like Chino don’t magically wake up out of child labor; they need help from you.



A Dying World
By Tyler Welch


The truth is out, America. It is time to face the facts about climate change. As it threatens our world today, it is a death wish to our very survival. Many of us are blinded by the media and now can't face the truth. Our climate has been rapidly shifting into a dire situation.

Our lives in this great world are being poisoned by our lack of paying attention to our pressing issues. Global warming (or also referred to as climate change) is when greenhouse gases are produced. This in effect produces heat, which cripples our ozone layer. We are basically letting a huge fire burn and saying, “no, it's fine it will solve itself.” This is no way to look at any problem. We affect the climate daily by driving, throwing trash in landfills pollution, and fossil fuels. This problem is in all countries.

As this situation is developing, it is crucial for all of us to know the truth about climate change. In the world today, we produce 70 million tons of greenhouse gases into the air we breathe daily. This causes rising sea levels and poses a threat for families that live on the coast. Approximately 2.8 billion people around the world who live within forty miles of the coast would eventually be wiped out by the ocean. That leaves 2.8 billion men, women, and children homeless, or in poverty. As people have seen, climate change has started today.

America, we have seen the harsh truth of this monster. It's time to make a change! This new future is on the horizon; we must take it for ourselves. This world will not be destroyed by something of our own creation. We should support important organizations like UN Climate Change Fund or the EDF, which does amazing research. This will make a better future for the next generation. In a world with an ever changing climate, we need ever changing people that can support our ever changing future.



Homelessness: The Ignored Epidemic
By Sarah White

You see me cowering, helpless, on street corners; I beg for your empathy, but an invisible hand coldly dismisses me. I am starving exhausted, penniless, and ignored. But, I am only one in a sea of millions, all suffering alongside me. Who am I? I am a homeless person.

Homelessness is an epidemic that affects every city in the US. Millions of Americans sleep out on rough sidewalks in pouring rain, frigid snow, blistering wind, and relentless sun while the rest of us enjoy warm blankets and soft beds. Over 73,000 homeless people exist in New York City alone, although many more struggle in more rural areas. Homelessness is an epidemic that is quietly and unfairly ignored.

Many Americans wonder how a person becomes homeless. There is no exact answer, though, because it can be caused by a variety of reasons. The list of causes ranges from joblessness and debt to drug abuse and physical disability. Although becoming homeless is awful, the effects it has on the brain and body are even worse. Some effects include exposure, pneumonia, and malnutrition. Homeless people are also at the highest risk for rape or assault. The majority of people who become homeless are never rehoused, so millions of Americans will spend their lives begging for scraps and change, It is not fair, and it is not right.

So many millions of helpless Americans struggle against hunger and disease, along with all the other baggage homelessness comes with, every single day. However, a simple donation could change the lives of these people. Next time you are out, look for a Salvation Army drop box. The contents of these boxes, which may include toiletries, gently used shoes, or clothing, are regularly collected by Salvation Army and distributed amongst those in need. Your child's outgrown shoes could change the life of another child who is one in a sea of millions in need.



Far From Home
By Shawna Chong


You are probably reading this from a comfortable home in a fairly safe country. You are well-adjusted to its culture and feel right at home as well. However, this isn’t the case for countless refugees. Approximately 65.6 million people have had to flee their homes in the year 2016.

Refugees are individuals who were forced to leave their home countries due to conflict, natural disasters, etc. Sadly, these people may face numerous dilemmas when they get into a new country. There is a big chance of them falling prey to poverty due to limited access to resources or employment opportunities. Refugees also might face prejudice from other citizens or may even burden their host countries. This situation is not only detrimental to refugees, but also affects larger groups as well.

There is a substantial number of refugees today. In the 65.6 million people who were displaced in 2016, 22.5 million were refugees. From that number, over half were children, a painful reminder that these events show no mercy to anyone. These numbers, unfortunately, are likely to increase- an estimated 28,300 people are deciding to escape their homes. To add salt to the wound, not even one percent of the world’s refugees are ever properly resettled.

Fortunately, there are various ways to help solve this issue. The easiest way is through donating to organizations that assists and protects refugees worldwide such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Refugees International. These charities and many others like them have websites that you can easily access and donate to right from your home. Plus, the donation doesn’t even need to be a huge amount—every dollar can add up and make a difference! Somewhere in the world, another family had to abandon their home; you can help them find a newer, safer one.



Poor Water Conditions, A Silent Struggle
By Kaden Herchenroether

Your family is running low on safe and clean water, so you are called upon to collect new water from a source of three miles away that is heavily contaminated. Once you walk the long distance there, it is harder for the unforgiving journey to return to your home, burdened with over forty pounds of water on your back. When you finally see the rewarding sight of your house, you struggle inside to take the first sip. But once you dip your cup in, fifthly dirt and a disgusting brown liquid flows into your glass. Realizing it is the only source of water you have to survive, you painfully take a gulp. To millions of people globally, this experience is simply an everyday struggle. Poor water conditions are fatally affecting so many innocent people, but there is definitely a way to help.

It may seem as if water is everywhere. It fills lakes, rivers, seas, oceans, and even the glasses of regular people. It almost surrounds you. But it is different for the 783 million people who continue to painfully persist through their never-ending situation they were born into. On a global scale, approximately one in every nine people does not have access to clean, safe, and easily obtainable water. This shocking and saddening statistic reveals that these conditions are actually fairly common, and the amount of people experiencing it is not decreasing. It is not only that, but drinking contaminated water leads to disease, and sometimes even death. Half of the entire world’s hospital beds are filled with people suffering from a water-related disease. In the end, poor water conditions are a colossal problem, and a rising one too.

Additionally, there are not only statistics to prove that poor water conditions are a serious problem, but there are also real facts that will make anyone feel extreme sympathy. Some facts include extremely sad stories coming from survivor’s themselves. Voiceless people living in poverty, especially kids, are most vulnerable to diseases that revolve around poor water. When children have to drink water to survive that is contaminated with dangerous chemicals and other animal’s feces, they face the severe consequences, such as life-threatening diarrhea. Once they have this, children constantly become dehydrated, weakly pleading for more water, but the only thing they receive is more dirty water. As the cycle comes to an end, the child becomes so thirsty and weak they immediately die, with a whole life to live. But just like their clean water, it disappeared forever. This is just one of the instanstances that result from poor water conditions, but there are thousands of more stories, some even worse. Poor water quality is a killer, and it is always silently awaiting its next victim. And that could be anyone.

Even though poor water conditions may seem unstoppable, there is something an average person can do to benefit others. Currently in America, there are 63 million people that do not have safe water for drinking or basic sanitation. To attempt to support these people you can do several things, one thing being to not use your sink or toilet for something to dispose your garbage into. By doing this, the garbage interrupts the entire sewage treatment procedure, making it entirely possible for someone to end up with unsafe water. Also, picking up after dogs is an example of something an average person could to so that the dogs’ waste is not be picked up by rainwater and carried into a storm drain. But someone can do something so simple as to provide a rock barricade by their driveway to prevent unwanted waste from seeping into the storm drains. Organizations are also trying to solve and help people affected by this issue. Some organizations include the United Nations which created a sustainable development goal for “clean water and sanitation” and the company Blood:Water that focuses on providing necessary items to communities in need. Therefore, there are possible ways and organizations that are attempting to resolve or at least help this issue.

As a result, the crisis of poor water will continue to linger in struggling countries and torment people if people refuse to help, regardless of my suggestions. Poor water conditions contribute to countless statistics, devastating experiences, and several ways you can help. 783 million people is a lot of people, when you are only one. But will you be brave enough to take a stand and stop poor water conditions and reward the 783 million people struggling? Or will you innocently stand by and abandon them?


The Overlooked Issue That’s Ruining Earth
By Rita Khoury

The world is in danger, and it’s all because of us. Humans are destroying the Earth. We have released over 315 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Global warming is a serious issue that is often ignored and needs to be solved.

Many people say that global warming is not a real issue, but facts prove them wrong. Recently, the news has reported mudslides, hurricanes, wildfires, droughts, and storms. These disasters are caused by global warming. It is impossible to ignore that global warming is non-existent when the destruction is clear and obvious. The arctic ice is melting, which is proven by satellite pictures. Melting only occurs due to warming, so it must be happening. Because of the melting ice, sea levels have been rising at about 1.77 mm per year. Temperatures have risen by 1.3 degrees fahrenheit. That does not seem like much, but these temperatures are the highest recorded in Earth’s history. Clearly, rising temperatures would signify warming of the Earth. Many recent traumatic events have proven that global warming is indeed occurring.

Many people and animals have been negatively affected by global warming. It has been causing more natural disasters, which leads to massive amounts of destruction in both animal and human homes. Global warming alone causes 300,000 deaths per year. The rising temperatures will cause 310 million more people to be displaced, and 20 million more people will fall into poverty because of these effects. Years from now, cities such as New York could be completely submerged in water. Clearly, these things affect humans greatly because they will be forced out of their homes and might lose their jobs which will turn their lives upside down. Additionally, animals’ homes are being destroyed as well. This leads to unwanted isolation of penguins and polar bears as they are stranded alone on platforms of ice. Many polar bears are dying due to the rising temperatures and destruction in their homes. Soon enough, animals like pangolins, tigers, gorillas, turtles, polar bears, and elephants will go extinct. The drastic effects of global warming are severely changing the lives of many and not in a good way.

However, these future effects can be prevented. Organizations such as the IPCC (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), Greenpeace, The Union of Concerned Scientists, The Heartland Institute, and GWPF (Global Warming Policy Foundation) are already innovating new ways to help stop global warming. Individuals can also contribute to solving this issue. Donating to foundations that help this issue would be a sufficient contribution. Recycling can help reduce landfill emissions. Using solar panels will help to conserve energy. Riding bikes, not using cars as much, or carpooling will help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions released by vehicles into the atmosphere. Planting trees in places where they are scarce will help absorb the carbon dioxide and release oxygen instead. These small contributions can make a huge impact on the Earth. Preventing the ultimately fatal conditions is possible if everyone contributes just a bit of their time and energy to this cause.

Global warming must be stopped immediately because it is  a real, serious issue. The Earth’s temperatures are rising much more than before, and this huge problem is harming many people and animals. The Earth needs your help, so be the change and help before it’s too late. The world is in your hands; don’t let it burn. 



World Hunger
By Audrey Alling

The world produces 17.3% more food than needed to provide everyone with enough food to survive, yet 800 million people go to bed hungry every night. People are aware of this global issue, but we don’t do enough about it. World hunger is an enormous problem, and just an average person can help stop it and be the change.

Starvation kills many people each year. Just in America, one in six people are hungry to the point of death. In the world, twenty-one people die each minute. Sadly, over 50% of those people are children. Every year, over 9 million people die due to the effects of starvation. Anyone can take action and try to prevent any of those numbers increasing.

Hunger is a global issue that not only can cause fatal illnesses, but it can also tear people’s lives apart. A little girl named Amina who lives in Sudan lost her mother and her baby sister to hunger. Her little sister was only three years old and was not properly fed, so she did not get enough nutrition which prevented her from growing right. Amina was left with only her father, who had to work all day everyday. There are so many other children just like Amina who suffer from severe starvation. Their lives have been torn apart, and they aren’t getting any better.

So many people are suffering from hunger, and just an average person can change someone’s life forever. Donating only one dollar could save someone who is struggling with undernourishment. There are so many hunger organizations that accept donations or volunteers: Feed my Starving Children accepts volunteers to help package food for people that suffer from starvation, and No Kid Hungry accepts both food and money donations to supply people that are undernourished with something to eat. Giving ten dollars to an organization could feed one person for a whole month. Volunteering could save many people from a death due to starvation. There are so many ways that anyone can take action and choose to help end world hunger.

Anyone can step up and help end the horrifying global issue of world hunger. Not only do 800 million people go to bed hungry each night, but people suffer from what issues come along with starvation. This problem can be solved if we all decide to be the change.




Imagine A Life With Clean Water
By Kai Suyama


Imagine a life in which every country had access to safe water to drink. An Earth that doesn’t have over 75 percent of the deaths worldwide occur because of a water-related illness, or an Earth that doesn’t have to bare watching women in Congo travel three miles to reach the closest source of water, and walk 

three miles back. We’re all conditioned to desire the perfect society, and some even falsely believe that it already exists! But in reality, humans have not been able to keep and maintain our water resources that we so badly strive to achieve. We let poor water conditions escalate, (natural or human caused) but if we continue down this road, we’ll end up with no drinkable water at all.

If you don’t think that this is a serious widespread issue already, let the facts and statistics speak for themselves. Nearly 783 million people are not able to enjoy the experiences of clean water worldwide, which is quite scary to picture in one’s head. In many developing countries, as much as 80 percent of illnesses are linked to “bad water”. A five minute shower in an American household will use more water than a person living in a developing world slum will use in a whole day! Most fortunate people turn on the faucet to the sink and fill their cup full of water without even thinking about it! We take these little things for granted meanwhile a less-fortunate person in Ethiopia would give anything to receive that simple necessity.  42 percent of healthcare facilities in Africa do not have access to treated and decontaminated water.  By 2025, half of the world population will be living in extremely water-stressed areas. Even if you aren’t affected by this problem now, gradually most everybody will be affected if we don’t put a stop to poor water conditions.

There is a little boy living in India, but in a time of crisis. He lives with his mother, and his younger sister.  All three of them reside in a cheap flat, next to other similar neighbors. The two children don’t attend school, and don’t receive a proper education. Instead, they get to collect water and help around the house. They wake up, eat a stew comprised of mostly water and herbs, and are straight to work, making their relatively long journey to the nearest stream. Recently, the little boy’s mother was feeling sick, and the lack of water only made it worse. If they didn’t tend to her sickness soon, she would die. That thought floated around like a wandering apparition as the two kids searched through the murky stream infested with garbage, pollution, and fecal remains in an attempt to find a decently clean area. Under the hot sun, they worked to fill up baskets of water for home, and managed to fill up several before evening. As the sister comforted her mother, the brother was still trying to clean out pollutants in the water. If he made a mistake, they were sure to catch Dysentery or Cholera, resulting in near-death. They ate more stew created from the day’s new water for dinner, and went to bed feeling relaxed. The mistake that the young boy was worried about, sprouted into a horrible blunder early in the next week, however. It wasn’t properly filtered, and he, his sister, and their mother died almost in unison on a Tuesday morning. That’s the risk people take, though. The only option people have when you live in a poor country like India. In fact, the boy’s entire neighborhood was killed off, perishing in the wind; waiting for the next generation’s victims in the same spot. This may have been a hypothetical scenario, but it’s not far from accurate.  Real stories just like this one happen everyday, no matter how oblivious we have been up to this point.

If you really want to make a change, there are some actions that need to take place. Small and simples acts of conservation can come a long way. Surprisingly, picking up after you dog when you take a leisurely walk in the park will keep the bacteria-laden poop from literally running into storm drains and water supplies. Your toilet is not a trash can, so don’t throw non-degradable products such as plastic and baby wipes down! If you do, those products can throw a huge wrench into the sewage treatment process. Good maintenance with cars can reduce the leaking of oil, coolant, antifreeze, and other nasty liquids that are carried by rainwater and seep into groundwater supplies. Also, try taking more baths than showers. You use way less water, which isn’t as “wasteful”. If you want your actions to be impacted by the entire world, donate and support charities and organizations near you. American Water Works Association is the largest, nonprofit scientific organization that dedicated to managing and treating water. The Thirst Project helps Swaziland, the country with the single-highest HIV/AIDS population density, access the water they need to stop these diseases. The National Rural Water Association believes in empowering local entities by providing the knowledge and resources they need in order to live a full life.

Because we have set this issue aside, poor water conditions have become increasingly dangerous worldwide. Millions of people don’t have access to clean, drinkable water, and a child under the age of five dies every two minutes because of a water-related disease. You may not ever fully experience the lack of water in America. But, there are still so many other people in developing countries who wish they had the luxury of having access to safe water in their own houses, like we do. Help out at home, donate to local organizations, and try to stop this problem before it gets worse. Just remember: imagine a perfect life in which everyone had clean water. Imagine a life in which all 7.6 billion people on Earth were happy.



The Lack of Water: Drying Out Our Lives
By Emma Homison

For many people, water is just an arm’s length away; unfortunately for some families across the world, it can be miles. At some point, the world’s water may be gone, and for others living in Africa and some parts of Asia, it already is. Poor water conditions are the cause of millions of deaths, but together we can, and will, bring this to an end.

Despite the fact that oceans, rivers, and lakes cover an impressive 71% of the earth, a shocking amount of people do not have access to potable water. Worldwide, one in nine people are experiencing water scarcity—this means that more than 738 million people are in urgent need of clean drinking and bathing water. This crisis is at its most extreme in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa, where 319 million people suffer the lack of potable water. Globally, 31% of schools do not own or have access to a proper water-using toilet, and in Sub-Saharan Africa they are owned by less than one-third of the region’s population. By 2025, it is estimated that 1.8 billion people will live in areas dealing with water shortage, and by 2050, it is predicted that the amount of land currently experiencing extreme drought will multiply by five.

Water problems are at the root of a large portion of our global issues. As we over-use water from the earth, the amount of hydration in the land decreases, causing a large decrease in agricultural productivity, and less food for both animals and people. This leads to the death of animals who rely on these crops, which creates a decrease in meat that is safe for human consumption. This food and water shortage greatly increases the number of deaths of people, and especially children. Women and children spend up to to 4 hours each day traveling over 4 miles for water that is not even sterile. The average container used for collecting water is about 40 pounds when full and is carried throughout the entire journey. Because these children spend so much time fetching water for their families, a total 443 million school days are unattended each year by the 3.36 million children responsible for collecting the water. This averages out to about 102 school days missed per child yearly. Since the average length of a school year in Africa is about 197 days, these children only get to attend about 95 days of school each year, compared to an average of about 169 days attended each year by a student in Pennsylvania. Over 1000 people die each day because of dehydration or water-borne diseases. Children are very susceptible to infections caused by the consumption of contaminated water. An estimated 1 in 5 of deaths in children under the age of 5 are caused by unsafe water. One-half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by those suffering from water related reasons.

Many organizations are working frantically to provide safe water for everyone, but we’ll never achieve our clean water goal without your help. Life Straw, for example, distributes filters to more than 4 million people. These filters can purify over 100 gallons of water a day, for up to 14 years. Water for Good is also an organization that sends volunteers to Africa to improve the water and agriculture. Other nonprofits build wells, dams, and rain conservation systems to preserve water in areas where water issues are hitting people the hardest. Although individuals may not have as big as an effect on the issue as an organization, we too can play a big part in combating the lack of clean water, even from across the world. First, however, we must understand the main causes of the poor water conditions. A few major reasons for the water deficit are: water over-usage, pollution, wastage of water, increasing population, far distance from water sources, and government restrictions. We cannot reduce the impact of a lot of those causes ourselves, but we can control some of them. By just turning off the faucet when brushing our teeth, taking short showers instead of bathing, purchasing a rain barrel for watering plants, or getting improved sewage systems can help. Even just throwing away our trash instead of leaving litter on the streets can have a dramatic improvement on the rest of the world, leaving more water for those who really need it.

By putting an end to all poor water conditions, we can prevent millions, or potentially billions, of deaths. Hundreds of millions of people, many living in the Sub-Saharan region, are deprived from pure and potable water to drink, bathe in, and clean with. Women and children must travel miles for water that may not even be clean, which affects the amount of education that the children receive. Many organizations work daily to help these men, women, and children across the world get the help that they need. But as Thomas Fuller once said, “We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.”


World Poverty: We Can Change The World
By Giulia Mauro

More than 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 a day. That is almost half of the world. Poverty is something that many people in the world struggle with. It will take approximately $60 billion dollars to end poverty. Poverty not only affects the people in it, but it also affects the whole world. If we work together, we could end world poverty.

Living in poverty can lead to homelessness, hunger, and diseases. Many people lose their jobs. Losing your job can be a serious issue. It may result to not being able to make enough money to support your family. Not having enough money can lead to hunger. When people get diseases from poor water conditions in their impoverished communities, they end up changing the average life expectancy in that nation, and spread more disease. If you are in poverty you most likely will not have the medical care you need to cure yourself. Not only do people decrease the population, but they also may end up living in overpopulated areas. When an area is overpopulated many people become homeless from the lack of living area.

People who are living in poverty die everyday. People can get fatal diseases from mosquitoes, unclean water, and from not eating. These diseases they get are very dangerous and may spread. Twenty-two thousand children die each day because of poverty. Eighty percent of the world lives on less than $10 a day, so they are not able to afford proper vaccines, medications, and healthcare to get rid of these diseases.

It will be hard, but there are many solutions to poverty. Food banks are one important factor of keeping the people who cannot afford food nourished. The good thing about food banks is that you can donate whenever you would like. Or, run your own food drive. There are also many companies you can donate money to. For example, Oxfam, Bread for the World, Coco Kids, and Concern Worldwide are all websites that you can donate to. There are also programs where people are able to pay to support a family in high-poverty places. One last thing anyone can do is the water challenge. This is a challenge where the only beverage you are allowed to drink for two weeks is water. The money you saved from not buying any other beverage will go to families in poverty.

The world is affected by poverty every day. No one deserves to be hungry, sick, homeless, or dying. If the world works together, then we could end world poverty. Anyone can help change the world.

Posted by berg in Middle School, Be the Change Day on Monday March, 5, 2018 at 10:39AM

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