ActiveRain members CAN make a difference. Will you?

Please HELP me!!!!!Earlier this week, Elizabeth Nieves, wrote a post titled "PLEASE look at this photograph before Thanksgiving", if you haven't read it please take a moment to do so as it is heart wrenching. If her photo doesn't move you to action then maybe this one will. Take a long hard look.

Folks, let's make a difference this year. Below is a post I wrote earlier this year to help shed some light on the atrocities that are taking place in our World everyday. I invite everybody to post links to you favorite charities in the comment section of this post.

(First posted 4-29-2007)

Folks, if you are expecting my normal educational or humorous post you may want to skip by this one. It is neither. I'm writing this because I read something yesterday that disturbed me and I have to get it out of my head.

Late yesterday I was perusing the latest Time magazine and there was an article trying to make a connection between Global warming and the conflicts in Africa. According to this writer, the Sahara desert is becoming larger due to global warming and the effects of drought. And because of this it is creating a scarcity of food and water for millions of people. This teamed with existing tribal conflicts is creating tension and adding to the already unbelievable "living" conditions. To use the words from a report published by 11 former US Admirals and Generals, climate change is a "threat multiplier".

Now folks, I'm not writing this post to agree with or dispute the validity of Global warming or the cause of so much famine, hatred, disease and genocide through out the World and Africa in particular. I'm writing this for one reason, to get this sentence out of my head:

"They beheaded people and used their heads for firewood"

Let that sink in for a minute. This is not a line from a horror movie. This is a reality of what people have to deal with in the Sudan and other parts of the World.

"They beheaded people and used their heads for firewood"

I for one, feel like I don't even live in the same World. I go about my little life worrying about the most inconsequential problems. "Will my deal close?" "Will I be able to afford a vacation next year?" "My back hurts." "I'm starving, I haven't eaten since 9am." "Someone was rude to me." I could go on but you get my point.

"They beheaded people and used their heads for firewood"

So what can we do? I don't know. These problems are so overwhelming and so far outside my realm of comprehension. But anything we do is better than nothing. TLW and I give to World Vision. We researched many organizations before deciding on one and came to the conclusion that World Vision is one of the best. They are on the ground already and 87% of your donation goes directly to the programs they support. You can change a child's life for as low as $30 per month. Put it on your credit card as an automatic charge and you will not even miss it. It will not change the way you live one iota. But it will not only change a child's life but it may very well give a child life. Please help.

"But Broker Bryant, I haven't had a closing in 2 months and things are tight. When things pick up I promise to do something."

Well, this is all I have to say about that:

"They beheaded people and used their heads for firewood"

Here are some additional resources.

Please add links to your favorite charities in the comment section. Thanks for reading.

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